Maybe you've been working your butt off trying to keep your job afloat, maybe you've been furloughed, and you've been trying to find anything to keep yourself occupied. But if you're one of thousands that have been made redundant, the question you'll be asking yourself is, now what? And we have some of the answers. A roadmap to getting your career back together and rebuilding the confidence you've lost, not only in yourself, but in our industry.
Starting with a few quick wins:
1. What are you financially eligible for?
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the support that is out there, we found a great article which will help you with all things legal and finance.
2. How are you feeling?
It has never been more important to make sure that your mental health isn’t holding you back, as well as knowing that there are places to go and people to talk to, should you need it.
If you work in theatre, The Theatre Helpline is a free, independent and confidential phone and email service. Call 0800 915 4617 or visit theatrehelpline.org
If you are not sure where to start with how you are feeling, try this link on the NHS site.
3. Sitting still and thinking.
Whilst you’re working on that next big opportunity to say YES to, take the time to read something heart-warming. Our pick is Charlie Macksey’s book of thoughtful illustrations: The Boy, the Mole, The Horse and The Fox. From an independent book shop near you.
4. Go outside.
When we were only allowed to go out for one piece of exercise a day, we all did exactly that. But now that this isn't the case, it is easy to get lost in the indoors for too long. The health benefits are unparalleled and there is no doubt that this will instantly make you feel more like yourself.
5. You are not alone.
Here are some great pieces of writing by and about people who are going through it all too.
Judy Johnson – ‘Be ready to pivot, be ready to embrace change, be ready to do things you never thought you'd be doing and, above all, do not take this personally because an unprecedented global pandemic is many things but it's certainly not about you’
Lizzie Thomson – ‘We asked people who have experienced redundancy first-hand to share what they learned from it and how they got through it.’
Jess Duncan - ‘I hope, if anything, I can help you feel less alone’
6. If all else fails...
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