Journey into the Arts for Indigenous Trainee
Proud Yuin Monaro woman, Andrea Daniels, believes that taking on an ArtsReady traineeship with the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) has opened up many doors for her in the arts and creative industries. More so, it has also allowed her to explore working in the Indigenous space where she wants to help support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Andrea grew up on Dhawaral country with family ties in Gurang Gurang and Dunghutti tribes and it was the people around her that inspired her to want to learn more and do more for Indigenous people. Her great-grandfather and grandfather were important activists in Indigenous Land Rights and were a part of the Land Right Council for Indigenous Peoples.
They travelled around Australia and spoke about these issues and their importance. Andrea’s best friend is also an activist for Indigenous rights and is involved within the Don Dale Incarceration system in Darwin. Andrea hopes she too can one day contribute to helping change the systems.
Andrea’s passion for making a difference to community lead her to the traineeship at NIDA, Australia’s leading center for education and training in the performing arts. She knew this was the perfect opportunity for her.
“I have always wanted to work in the Indigenous field, and I have always been interested in the arts, so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to just put my name in and see what happens,” said Andrea.
In 2020, Andrea got the job at NIDA and started her Certificate III in Business.
“I am essentially the first contact for our open courses – when people call to enquire, they come to me first, I help them with information and liaise with them as best I can or direct them to the most appropriate person needed. I send information, give direct information, take enrolments, process money and I am involved within the privacy sector of the business, I structure emails and do general administration.”
NIDA offers a number of courses in the arts and creative industries and a real highlight of Andrea’s traineeship is that she can do any one of them.
“It’s part of my training that I can do any course for free so I’ve just enrolled in a course called “the confident voice” which I thought would be really good and seems to align with my work.”
All of AFL SportsReady’s Indigenous trainees are supported by a Mentor to help them succeed in their traineeship. For Andrea, the support that she has received has been invaluable.
Her supervisor, James Handsaker, also completed a traineeship with ArtsReady and got his career start with NIDA.
“My supervisor at NIDA, Mentor and Field Officer at AFL SpotsReady have been great supporters for me. They have helped with my education, personal everyday life and have even connected me with a counselling service… I didn’t realise this was all part of the traineeship.
Honestly, I would recommend doing a traineeship, It’s a great opportunity. You get to work and study at the same time, and you’re always supported by these great people, which is awesome.”
There is no doubt that Andrea will go far in her traineeship and in her career. Her passion within the Indigenous space is deeply felt and she will go on to do amazing things for the Indigenous community.
Learn more about our Warumilang program and the work we do with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We have heaps of amazing Indigenous traineeship opportunities on our jobs board right now! You can see them here.
DATE: 2nd of June 2021
AUTHOR: Dakota McCarthy
IMAGE: Andrea Daniels