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Introducing Billy C …
To find out more about Billy, we asked him a few questions…
What would be your dream role?
I really love acting, that’s always been one of my priorities. I also did an apprenticeship at Sadler’s Wells, the dance theatre, which involved digital marketing and business admin – I’d be interested in going somewhere like that. I have also had a job at an events company working in the arts, which I really enjoyed. I’d come to an event, help set up, and at one event I was taking orders for drinks at the table, so it really helped me with my socialising. For nearly a year I’ve been writing a weekly blog for The Courtyard targeted towards people with Autism talking about each week of my life during this pandemic. One thing this blog has made me realise is that writing could be a path I could take if I ever wanted to. I’d also be interested in working at a museum – that’s what I’ve been doing at the Royal Museums at Greenwich, which I really enjoy. I’m really looking for another flexible part-time role, which I can do alongside my part-time job at Greenwich, and hopefully future acting work.
What do people you’ve worked with or volunteered with say about you?
They’d say I’m always up for the job, always willing to learn – if they want me to do something, then I’d go ahead and do it – I’m always ready to meet people and take on new tasks.
What are you particularly proud of?
As a man with a mental disability, I think what I’m most proud of is how far I have come. I just feel grateful that I have been able to do so many things – like the number of jobs I have done, the experiences I have had, the people I’ve got to meet, the things I have learnt. Somehow, I’m breaking through that glass ceiling that’s hovering over me – I always find a way. You put something up against me, and I’ll find a way round it! And often when I tell people I’m autistic, or that I have autism, they’re like ‘oh shut up!’ – I love their reactions. They tell me they wouldn’t have been able to guess – that’s priceless to me.
Can you tell us something not many people would know about you?
I actually use to swim for Hackney! I was put on this big stage doing these big things, alongside other young people with mental and physical disabilities, and from there I started winning medals. After nearly three years I was growing more unhappy and unmotivated, my teacher stopped showing up for weeks, so I decided to walk away.
What’s your disability?
My disability is High Functioning Autism, which involves me having emotional sensitivity, an obsessive interest in certain ideas or subjects, difficulties with socialising and handling my emotions on certain occasions, dedication to routine, dislike of change, focus on self and sometimes a sensitivity to loud noises. And there’s a couple more symptoms where that came from – it’s quite exciting!
Recent Professional Experience
Writer for a weekly blog for The Courtyard since April 2020
Events Host at Royal Museums Greenwich since November 2019; was a Part Time Visitor & Sales Assistant from August 2020 – October 2020
Young Creative at AllChange from January 2018 to August 2019
Digital & Marketing Apprentice at Sadler’s Wells from March 2016 to March 2017
Education and professional qualifications
Merit in HNC Performing Arts at City & Islington College from September 2018 – July 2019
Pass in Business Administration Level 2 at Lewisham Southwark College from May 2016 – April 2017
C in Performing Arts A Level at St. Mary Magdalene Academy Sixth Form from September 2013 – June 2015
Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths at The Courtyard from September 2013 – May 2015
Functional Skills Level 2 in English at The Courtyard from September 2013 – May 2015
Level 2 and 3 in ICT at The Courtyard from September 2013 – May 2015
BTEC Applied Science Level 1 at Stormont House in 2013
BTEC Sports & Active Leisure Level 1 at Stormont House in 2013
BTEC Home Cooking Skills Level 1 at Stormont House in 2013
To find out more about Billy, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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