National Apprentice Week: Spotlight On Corey Ludgate, Our Current Wardrobe Apprentice
Corey is our current Wardrobe Apprentice at the Belgrade Theatre. Here he discusses what he does at the theatre, what the post involves and his plans for the future.
What were you doing before you were at the Belgrade Theatre?
Before I applied for the Belgrade I didn’t really know what I wanted to be, I went from hairdressing to retail to cleaning. I always have done creative hobbies in between working dead end jobs and always thought of entering the creative world again but I didn’t think I was good enough so I left it for many years until I had heard from a friend about to post and applied last minute and luckily got an interview.
Why did you want the post?
In my spare time I spent a lot of it altering clothes and making things out of old dresses and scraps. I didn’t have the money to go to college alone and needed an easier way to gain experience. When I applied and got a call back for an interview I was thrilled. So I went to my interview really nervously and definitely thought they wouldn’t take me but I actually got the call back asking when I could start.
Why did you think you would be suitable for the post?
When I heard about the post being available I thought that sounds like me. I was thinking to myself I’d adore to have that job and to be able to make a career of my hobbies. People told me to apply because they enjoyed seeing what I have created in the past and want to see more, so initially I didn’t think I was suitable, until I was finally convinced to apply and luckily I got the position.
What do you do on a daily/weekly basis? Tell us a little more about what you do at college.
The basis of my job role is to learn and physically practice the ways costumes and accessories are made. In my job I hand and machine sew which may also mean sewing unconventional objects onto costumes/hats etc… I also sort and name all the costumes so the actors/actresses know exactly what items are theirs to use. At college I learn how to make a pattern for a garment and then make the garment. My college qualification is more fashion based than costume so I tend to get the best of both worlds.
What do you intend to do after you’ve completed time here at the Belgrade?
Once I have completed my apprenticeship at the Belgrade I plan to go onto a level 3 Apparel apprenticeship which will be my next step before going to University to study costume/fashion hair and make up. I want to achieve my goal of having my own brand and doing all the styling so I can portray the image I visualise in my head but in real life, on a person.