I meet Alix in 2019 when we started the same course at the University for the creative arts.
Alix's caught my attention straight away with her amazing brightly coloured hair and it wasn't long before we was working on projects together. She has worked on my projects as an Assistant Director and Production Assistant, her ability to be organised is outstanding! always keeping on track with timings and visual aspects of a productions, she always made sure that I had more then enough footage to edit with and suggesting new ideas that I could use if we had time left over.
So here is her story about life in Lockdown.
Life in Lockdown By Alix Motershead
Hi, I’m Alix, I’m 21, and I’m a TV production student studying for my 2nd year bachelors degree at the University for the Creative Arts. This lockdown has brought new living circumstances for us all, for me it has resulted in the somewhat premature cohabitation of me and my boyfriend.
We were planning to move in together after a year or so anyway but this accelerated things.
The Start of Lockdown.
At the beginning of lockdown we had only been together for 4 months, celebrating our 6 month anniversary in quarantine was not quite what I had imagined for us but I had no complaints.
I imagine it was similar to other couples' early anniversaries, in that we both forgot. Rest assured we will make up for it once the measures lift.
While lockdown is difficult for many, I am very fortunate to be in the position that I am. Currently I’m writing this from Groningen, a city in the northern province of the Netherlands where my boyfriend lives. We are lucky enough to have an apartment to ourselves and live in relative peace waiting for things to return to normal. This part of the Netherlands has not been as badly hit as other places, with fairly lenient social-distancing measures in place, we are still able to go for walks, cycle to the market and leave the house for some other non-essential reasons.
How I spend my Days in lockdown
As a uni student the commitments to my degree have not stopped during this time, so most of my days are spent writing, researching, and planning so that I can still pass this year as planned. I’ve also been video chatting with friends, and actually, I feel that I have talked to people more than usual, which is a brighter side affect of this pandemic. There have been many positive things happening at the minute and focusing on those really helps keep me in a positive head space. I can only hope that we learn from this time and take the good things with us to the other side when life returns to ‘normal’ — whatever the new normal may be.
On the TV industry
The TV industry has faced many challenges due to the lockdown; shoots have been cancelled, programming has been reformatted, and sadly many jobs have been lost or put on hold. However, I don’t feel this is necessarily a negative time for the industry, many other sectors have been hit a lot worse. Ours is, luckily, an area that is always having to adapt to new technologies, constraints, and push boundaries to create content and ideas for people to consume and enjoy. The natural creativity and innovative thinking of our community is something that has allowed this sector to evolve quickly with the times.
Another subject that this lockdown has brought to light is how reliant we are on the arts. For many, I’m sure, TV is offering an escape to the madness of the world right now and a sense of familiar normality. Now, more than ever, illustrates that humans need the arts as a distraction, an outlet, an activity, and as a unifier. Everyone can consume art and everyone can create it. How many times have you talked to your friends and family about a TV show you watched, a film you saw, or a book you read? I’m sure during this time you’ve found solace in being creative, weather working on your next screenplay or just doodling to pass the time, it should not be overlooked how much we rely on the arts and expressions of creativity to keep us occupied (and sometimes sane!)
Creativity and mental health
I use creativity to help manage my mental health. I often suffer with anxiety and low self esteem so during lockdown I’ve needed to be even more vigilant in taking care of myself and my mind. Most of my creativity is currently focused on my uni degree; making storyboards, documenting my learning, and self-shooting a short film. However, I have been enjoying different activities too; my boyfriend is a trainee chef so we have been crafting lots of delicious meals together and even started making our own bread (if you haven’t tried this out already I’d certainly recommend it, you can also boast about it to your friends on Instagram).
My Social Media activities
I am quite an avid user of Instagram averaging around 2-3 hours daily but interestingly my usage has gone down during lockdown — probably due to my uni deadlines creeping closer. I’m sure once summer hits my activity will skyrocket, but for now I am pretty happy with my 34 minutes of average daily use. I have found myself using other apps more frequently, however. I’ve used Zoom and Houseparty for the first time ever and my use of Facebook messenger and WhatsApp have certainly increased to stay in touch with my friends and family. I do find it somewhat ironic that many people in 2019 and early 2020 were doing ‘social-media cleanses’ yet now we need these apps more than ever. Maybe we will learn from this and realise that social media isn’t the enemy and can be a useful tool for communication, but also I would like to people to now cherish the face-to-face time they get with one another and appreciate how much we need physical human contact.
The Most Frustrating Thing Whilst in Lockdown
For me, the most frustrating thing about isolation has been the distance I’ve had to keep from my friends. I very much miss hanging out with them, going to concerts, and generally being free to see them whenever I want. I’m lucky to have my boyfriend with me and he has been my saviour throughout this. I really feel for people in lockdown alone as I couldn’t imagine doing it myself. If you are reading this alone, stay strong, it will end one day.
When Lockdown Ends
When lockdown ends my first move will probably be to have a party with my friends, lots of drinking, lots of talking, and most importantly, lots of hugs. After the reunion and probably a couple days hungover, I want to really focus on building up my work experience and entry points for my career. Over summer, I will be doing lots of research and reaching out to production companies in order to make connections in the industry and find a place to start once I graduate.
As lockdown continues for the foreseeable future I am trying to spend my time wisely, once measures lift and we return to life I hope that I can continue to follow my dream career. I am sure there will be many interruptions along the way but my passion will not cease. I can’t wait to get back to university and have a cracking final year, full of creativity, excitement, and potential.