It’s Friday the 13th today but things don’t feel unlucky in the One&Other office, in fact things feel very lucky right now. 2012 has started off so well for us. So well that we haven’t dared take our lucky Christmas tree down yet, lest we break the spell.
The start of the year has been especially important for me as I have finally taken the plunge and joined Vicky and Stu full time in the office. After ten months of working evenings, weekends and holidays, I now get to work evenings, weekends, holidays and all day on O&O, but if you’ve ever been lucky enough to work on something you love, you’ll know it doesn’t really feel like work, and I’ve never been happier.
The team has also been boosted by the arrival this week of new Editorial Intern Katie, who is working with us as part of her Leeds Met uni placement. Throwing herself into reviews, articles and research, she’s already proved a welcome addition to One&Other.
My role as Community Director means I’m pushing forward One&Other’s community aims of empowering our local community for good, so that we can all help tackle the ongoing issues of poverty and exclusion. It’s a huge challenge but all the best things are.
2012 is going to be massive year for York and it really feels like the city is starting to fulfil its creative and cultural potential. New bands are making themselves heard, independent film makers are making great films, York based record labels are signing genuinely exciting talents, the city’s artists and galleries are producing and displaying brilliant works, and the creative talent just keeps on emerging.
Apart from continuing our goal of reinventing local media, we’ve got some very exciting things coming up over the next couple of months, such as our 29 days of music, the New Chapter Arts Prize, and a quite a few more surprises that are still cloaked in secrecy.
So is it the lucky Christmas tree that’s making things happen for us? It could be, however, I’m putting my money on it being down to the incredible amount of hard work that has been put into this project by everyone involved with One&Other… but just in case I’m wrong, the tree can stay… for now.