Mairi Claire Bowser: It’s a chance to work in another sector
Freelance set decorator Mairi Claire was attracted to the film industry for its spontaneity. She sees this current period as a chance to set her mind to something new.
The unknown is what attracted me to the film industry in the first place – not knowing what projects I’d be working on, who I’d be working with, or where I’d be. So in a strange way, Covid-19 has given me more certainty on the latter two. I’m at home with my lovely cat – and that’s not too terrible a thing.
I’m in a fortunate position where I have an MSc in environmental management, so I will be looking to move into a full-time role in environmental work until we have a clearer idea of what the film industry will look like, and in what respect I would want to be a part of it. It’s daunting to not know where my next pay cheque will come from, but I also see it as an opportunity to move towards something different, possibly in a different sector.
I’ve learnt not to hold onto expectations of what something should look like, or be. Even in a dire situation like the one we’re all in, there is a lot to be thankful for and learn. It’s important to tune into your instincts, recognise what makes you happy, what skills you have to offer, and then help people by offering those skills.