Hello and welcome! This page gives you a little bit of information about me and my work. I’m always happy to chat about potential projects with new clients – just email me on Jen AT JenFarrant DOT com and we can arrange a time.
I have a unique way of thinking, which is a combination of my technical, practical mindset, my own creative practice of writing, music and photography and my unusual work background. This will stand you in good stead, whatever one of my services you employ me for.
After doing my BA (hons.) in Theatre studies (a mainly academic degree, with some stage management, design and lighting design) I went straight into working in IT and technology for ten years delivering marketing and PR. I felt like this wasn’t the right world for me, and so I retrained as a teacher, gaining my PGCE in 2010. I mainly worked in FE teaching English and Theatre Studies, however I realised that I missed using my business, organisation and strategic thinking skills. I achieved an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths University of London in 2012.
I’m an awesome person to have on your team, as a general problem solver, alternative thinker and someone who gets things done and makes things happen.
One of my clients is Trinity College London, for whom I run the Arts Award Supporter programme. I do all of the strategic and creative thinking and the implementation, including writing all of the collateral, developing campaigns and delivering workshops.
Other clients include: Royal Opera House Bridge, James Rose/Royal Academy of Music, Thurrock Council, Thurrock Music Services and Stagecoach.
I can write and speak on any of the topics I talk about on my blog including: the arts; arts management; arts education; bringing business skills and outlook to the arts; creative thinking in business; developing a creative practice; being a freelancer; disability and chronic illness.
A large part of my life is living with a disability. It does impact the work that I do, in that I am very careful not to take on too much at any one time.
Some of my top posts:
Making community music accessible to all
Making conducting accessible
Honouring your ideas
Music and spotify
Being a part time wheelchair user
Presenting from a wheelchair
Suffering for work
The importance of good business practice
The fight for a wheelchair