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summary: Fourty-five days ago, my livelihood vanished almost overnight. Let's talk about that.
It is 2AM on Thursday, 14th April 2020. I cannot sleep.
Fourty-five days ago, my livelihood vanished almost overnight. Let's talk about that.
I work in the live events industry. The specifics of that work is a topic for another blog post; suffice to say that on a normal day, I'd be getting paid to make somebody's event brighter, louder, more organised, on TV/radio, or some combination of these.
Around the beginning of March 2020, I recieved a series of incredibly apologetic emails and phonecalls from clients informing me that, 'due to the current climate', they've been forced to cancel the events I was booked to work with them.
I had been expecting a few cancellations - most of my work consists of corporate events, and it seemed very sensible that companies would want to move their AGMs and senior leadership gatherings to online video-conferences and webinars.
The emails didn't stop, however. Next came the cancellation of summer events in May and June. Then [EMFCamp][emf] was cancelled. And then the [Fringe][fringe]... As it stands right now, my calendar is clear until September 10th 2020, bar one tentative booking at the end of May.
My accountant has informed me I am unlikely a penny from the government to support my business. I'm a little scared of what comes next.
There is some cool stuff happening here and there, though. [A bunch of my friends][eems] got together to manufacture PPE for the NHS in Scotland. I'm taking care of their website - it's been a welcome distraction. There's a [crowdfunding campaign][eems-crowdfund] that you should probably contribute to.
I'm also in conversations with a whole bunch of suppliers, clients and colleagues about changing the direction of my business to better suit what we expect the events industry to look like in a few months' time. Keep an eye out for more posts on that topic - I'm very excited to talk about this once we get closer to making decisions.
Thanks for sticking with me through this weird, rambly blog post I wrote to get some shit off my chest. I'm going to bed now.
_The soundtrack to this blog post is Public Service Broadcasting's 2013 album ['Inform - Educate - Entertain'](https://music.apple.com/gb/album/inform-educate-entertain/609540071). Music from a simpler time; remember the [Chelyabinsk meteor?](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelyabinsk_meteor) the [Snowden Disclosures](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_surveillance_disclosures_(2013%E2%80%93present))?_