New job, new motivation!
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Well, last week has been a bit of a roller coaster ride!
I applied for a job as a Science Presenter with the The Edinburgh International Science Festival around a month and a half ago. I then got an interview invite 3 days before my final exam on the 18th of october. I was asked to prepare a short science orientated presentation on a topic of my choice for the interview. I decided to talk about sound and how it is mapped on to the basilar membrane of the ear tonotopically and used a roll up USB piano to do this. They loved it and I was instantly invited to the casting session the following monday.
The job involves touring the schools of Scotland as a member of a pair, doing shows on science related themes. Anyway, I went to the casting and had the most fun I think I have ever had during a job application process. Lots of drama, singing, improvising and script reading, I laughed so much I nearly cried...the room was full of amazingly talented people so I really was not sure how I had faired. Friday before last I received an email telling me that I had been successful and could I meet up with my prospective partner for a 'blind date' style meet to make sure we would get along okay. So met with said partner and got on fine. Job was confirmed but, then I received an email from Russell (the partner) telling me he had accepted another job and wishing me all the best on the tour. The Science Festival organiser got back in touch saying I would need to go on another blind date, providing of course they could find someone they thought I would work well with and that in the interim the job offer was back to provisional. It was quite nail biting as I am especially psyched about this job. In the end they managed to find me a new partner. I met him on friday morning and we happily chatted chickens, digging and science and decided we were well suited to tour together. So the job offer is back on!! I have been given the Good Vibrations show which is all about the science behind sound, I am so excited I could burst.
The job will be very physical and interactive, involving an hours performance with the additional set up and de-rigging activity each time. We shall probably do several performances per day so I need to get my body back into shape before the first tour starts in January!! So today I finally climbed back on to my horse (a.k.a my elliptical) and did a wee 20 minute stint. My aim is to get back up to the 1 hour mark and then try to push the speed and distance. I am also planning on reintroducing some ab' work, although I shall have to have a careful think about the best types for me with regards taking care of my rubbish back. I have the ab' craddle so I think that is probably my safest option.
Anyway, it's all good and hopefully this will give me the kick up the butt I need to get going again after a long break from exercise while I finished my final undergrad' year (incidently I have signed up for a psych' degree now lol, but I shall be doing this one as a hobby at snails pace...this is one of the BIG advantages of the Open University, you can pace your own study)!
So for now I shall sign out, one psyched and excited Sparky!