For several months, I had been sending my CV for internship positions even if I was already way way too old to be one. I figure, no one is too old in this field especially because it is probably the only platform where people are allowed to aim for limitless possibilities – and so I thought that yeah it´s still a very open industry.
Well, what do you know? I received multiple slaps of rejection e-mails and it came to a point when it already became monotonously predictable. (Hey Universe, can you surprise me a little bit?)
Last January, I decided to e-mail Sir Anthony Caro, the famed British sculptor, and asked him for a job just the same way he did when he went to Henry Moore´s studio years ago. And here was the response:
Thank you for your email and your C.V. In the last 4 months, we have just taken on a full-time P.A and studio coordinator to Sir Anthony. Before we used to have part-time staff and interns but we have now changed our system and only employ one, full time employer in the office.
I assume you are looking for office work and not fabrication work in the studio? I have heard that Antony Gormley is looking for some office assistants. Perhaps you could contact him?
I will keep your C.V on file, if anything does come up I will let you know. Best of luck, Pat
Well, I was floored!
It was just an email from his studio coordinator but Mr. Patrick Cunningham was really gracious enough to answer an email of a fan who´s longing to work with this artist. Imagine having an email mentioning both Sir Anthony and Antony Gormley! wooohoo, I was already in the moon.
The next day, Pach, my hubby woke me up and told me to get dressed. He said, “we are going to Antony Gormley´s studio today and we are going to hand in your CV.” When we arrived at Antony´s Camden studio, all I could see was a big towering silver gate and glimpse of the roof of his giant studio. My first reaction was, wow, he´s got a lot of space to work on his stuff. I made 3 deep breaths before I rang the doorbell. I was waiting for someone to say something on the other end but there was silence.
Then the big giant silver gate creaked open.
I had to step back because it felt cinematic. Then a beautiful girl in studio clothes opened the door to the studio asked me what was going on and I handed her my CV. Damn she was pretty and so lucky to be working in that studio. She quickly hurried up the external stairs to hand it to someone —- I wished it was Antony but I knew on that fine day he would be working. It was such a thrill that it didn´t matter when I received an email from Laura Mcnamara, his assistant:
Many thanks for dropping your cv in today. Unfortunately there are currently no positions available at the studio.
Best wishes Laura