There are many things I’ve found challenging since I entered this profession 5 years ago: the precarious nature of our work, the the whole not being an actor so I can be a waitress and pay my rent, and a range of other obstacles and inconveniences that could all be brought together under the banner ‘Coming To Terms With How The Business Actually Works Because Drama School Doesn’t Prepare You For It’. But I’ve found that one of the hardest things about being an actor is the need for validation.
So, two weeks on since waking to another 5 years of the Tories, are things really as blue as they initially seemed? In my last blog post, written on polling day and anticipating a Conservative government of some kind (but not in my wildest nightmares imagining they might attain a majority), I suggested that such a result would mean more cuts and a continued move towards corporate sponsorship where the arts were concerned. But what does it look like on the other side of the election? And what can we do to ensure the best deal for the arts?
So, with election day looming, I sat down to think about what we might wake up to on Friday morning and what the next five years could consequently hold for the arts, going through each of four likely outcomes: a Conservative minority government, a Labour minority, another Lib Dem coalition, and a Labour-SNP coalition.