Kickstarting my Creative Career with BEAF and TOSH: Frescy Kopanycia-Reynolds

Photography graduate Frescy shares her thoughts on working for BEAF and TOSH for 6 months!

Both TOSH and our partner BEAF (Bournemouth Emerging Arts Co) have worked with dedicated, creative young people through the government kickstart scheme, which provided funding to create 6 month roles for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

After graduating in Photography from UAL in the midst of COVID, Frescy Kopanycia-Reynolds returned home to Poole, and joined us in November last year. This month our hearts will truly be broken as our last kickstarters leave us, including Frescy - this is what she has to say about her time with us!

"BEAF has provided me with an endless list of experience, from my first day co-running a Christmas market to our latest cinema events. Having never studied marketing or events management previously, the scheme has been incredibly helpful in developing my career path and understanding that I have a very strong interest in managing people and creative events. 

I have learnt sooo much in the six months of working with BEAF, and I will be sad to leave such an amazing and talented bunch of people. BEAF is really working its magic around Boscombe, bringing the community together in as many creative ways as possible. I can’t wait to see what the next few years brings BEAF, as well our amazing coworking space - TOSH."

"Working at TOSH has been such an incredible experience. Surrounded by such talented creatives, bouncing ideas off each other, gaining lifelong friends and overall, just having such a wonderful time. After leaving university I forgot how encouraging it is to just be in a creative space and have likeminded others around you."

"By supporting the running of TOSH over my six months here, I have really gained an understanding into the space. I love that TOSH is inclusive of all creatives, supporting each and every individual in their businesses and creative pathways. I think this space is such an amazing opportunity to not only work in a beautifully designed space but be involved in the creative community."

We wish Frescy and all of our Kickstarters all the best - they have offered invaluable support to us, and we will be keeping up with their journeys!

Keep up with us at TOSH here, and find out more about Frescy here.