It's your first week as an intern. You're getting up every morning ready to take on the world of musical theatre, film and television. You've brushed up on all knowledge, researched so much you've stalked a casting directors dog on twitter and have your notebook and pen as your BBF.
Suddenly, you're surrounded by stacks of filing, pieces of paper and envelopes. You've been looking forwards to fielding exhilarating phone calls, yet you've been sat franking, stamping, told you're in charge of the filing cabinet and then comes the pinnacle - The coffee run...
For those whose minds race as quickly as mine does- you're already on the notes section of your iPhone trying to speedily whack down an entire office order of caffeine. Unfortunately, Vanilla Latte and Americano look more like venus late and American - thanks spellcheck. We meet again.
It's that precise moment, in that exact Café Nero dash that something happens. You are at the beginning of your journey to the top of your ladder. Nobody puts baby in the corner right? Well, imagine yourself as baby right now. Put yourself in her dancing shoes as you whizz through the busy streets of London with your coffee list clutched tight in your hand.
It's the start of something magical. Coffees turn into bank runs, bank runs turn into dry cleaning trips, trips that result in you rushing red faced into a casting to deliver that much needed outfit for the directors press night. Red faced maybe, but a face nonetheless. It's about trust, organisation. Do a basic job well and you'll henceforward be trusted with responsibilities. Things that might not seem at all important or world changing to you, don't go unnoticed.
It's great wanting to be at the very top of your ladder right away, but how would you ever reach the top without climbing? To get to there, I'm slowly discovering that you need an almighty amount of clarity, focus and patience. I have many a story that I endeavour to share with you on this.
Milly's musing - Don't get frustrated with starting at the bottom of your ladder. Remember, that black Americano could be the start of something special.