Updated: Oct 4, 2018
The Southside Fringe Festival has always been a self-funded entirely community led and volunteer run festival. This year things have changed slightly and we have just became a Community Interest Company. To take this exciting venture forward we are delighted to have recruited Meg Curran as Marketing and Development Manager for the Southside Fringe Festival. Part of her remit is to secure funding so we can build upon the successes of our volunteers and take the festival to the next level. We got a sneaky interview in with Meg, read on…
Congratulations on the new post of Marketing & Development Manager for Southside Fringe!
How did you first find out about the post at Southside Fringe?
I first became a volunteer with the Southside Fringe in 2014 and I basically just messaged the Facebook page where I first talked to Corinna. From there I started doing some admin work and in that same year I was managing HQ. Believe it or not, I was really shy and nervous back then. Volunteering with the Fringe played a massive role in pulling me out of my shell.
So what did your role as a volunteer involve?
A wee bit of everything to be honest! I suppose, over the years, I have primarily worked on the marketing and admin side of things but I have also handed out programmes at train stations, photographed events and even ran some of my own events! It has been so diverse that I got to figure out what I was good at and what I needed some help with.
Do you think volunteering has benefited your career? Tell us how?
Definitely! I studied Event Management at University and I think putting into practice what you learn in a lecture hall is an invaluable asset to have. Over the years I have volunteered in a number of different events and marketing related positions but the Southside Fringe Festival has always stole my heart. I have made so many wonderful friends alongside the experience that I have gained. Every interview I have been at over the years has asked me about my volunteering work. It’s really exciting when that happens.
What does your new role as a manager involve?
A bit of everything (and a lot of spreadsheets)! It’s currently a massive learning curve as I get to grips with managing the festival and what exactly that entails. A big part of my role is developing the Fringe Festival to ensure that everyone benefits. I’m incredibly lucky that I get to work in my dream job so early on but that didn’t come without a lot of hard work and a lot of people believing in me. I’m excited to see what we can bring to the Southside and how we can all work together.
What do you think you’ll be personally bringing to and getting out of the role?
I think having volunteered with the Fringe since 2014 is definitely one of the things that helps me a lot. I know a lot of people in the area and I get to work with people I consider really good friends. I studied Events Management and have a commercial marketing background that I get to use everyday promoting the Southside. I love the Southside so I am really excited to having more time to be in the middle of everything and helping bring the Southside together.
What would you advise someone looking to get in to events or community development?
Volunteer as much as you can and ask a lot of questions. The events sector is constantly changing and new things are popping up everyday. In Glasgow, we are incredibly lucky as we get to see so much from live music to sports to major events. Don’t let it pass you by and take advantage of every opportunity you can. Don’t forget to make friends along the way, that’s the best part!
And finally can you give us any inside information on what the future holds for Southside Fringe?
It’s a very exciting time for the Southside Fringe Festival as we evolve and grow. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about the opening of our permanent HQ. Coming soon! I truly believe that this is a wonderful step in the right direction where we can devote so much more time to the Southside.