The Temp Life: Nadia
Welcome to The Temp Life, a regular series where we chat with current and former temps about the whats, whys, and hows of temporary work. This week we spoke to Nadia; a 34 year-old actor and director who began temping to tide her over when theatre work was scarce.
Profession: Director & Actor
Previous Temp Roles:
All of my roles have been reception based.
Why did you become a temp?
I dipped in and out of temping often when changing the type of work I did as an actor. When I first started temping in London it was following a year of working in Theatre Education, and I had decided I wanted to move into more Fringe Theatre based roles. Temping was a way of financially easing myself through that transition period, replacing previous Theatre Education work with temp jobs, as I started exploring a new area of the Arts.
How has temping aided your career progression?
Temping gave me the flexibility to audition regularly, whereas other jobs I had done (such as teaching and workshop leading) hadn't. It also introduced me to some amazing contacts, and in my last temp job (reception cover at a production company) I ended up meeting a TV and Film producer who I am now working with.
What are the best things about temporary work?
You can decide how much or how little you do, from a few days to a few months, to tide you over in quieter times or in-between acting jobs. Also, you get to sit down, which is pretty unusual in my industry, and I was definitely glad to give my feet a rest. Last, but by no means least, temping has proved to be the only work where I have been sent so many vouchers with money-off schemes on a company email!