Max has been an aspiring musician ever since he was a child, and music was a career path he’d always strived for.

He’d been successful at this and was working on a well-known TV show doing music supervision, until he was furloughed due to COVID-19. Once his contract ended, he was back to the daunting prospect of looking for work during a pandemic in a very competitive industry.

“Nobody had the best year in the world last year, but yes it was rough. It was all a bit of a shock because I went from living in Liverpool with my girlfriend, to moving back in with my parents and waking up everyday endlessly looking and applying for jobs.

“I did however appreciate certain aspects of lockdown, and I have to say that if I hadn’t of had that time, I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in now.

“I was referred to JETS in January 2021, where I was supported by Ash. He has been absolutely fantastic, and I really can’t sing his praises enough. I spoke with him every two weeks and it was helpful to have him in my corner, giving me encouragement.

“Self-employment wasn’t an avenue that I had planned to go down, but after I interviewed for a position and was offered freelance work, it led me down that route and Ash gave me the confidence to feel like I could do it.

“JETS also kindly funded some software that would really help me, and it’s made such a huge difference to the way I work. Ash really invested himself in me and I can’t thank him enough.

“I’m now a freelance composer, working from home, composing bespoke pieces of music for brands and I’m just trying to break through into TV work. I’m loving it! It’s a challenge and very different to what I’m used to, but it’s good to be getting started. I started my first piece as a freelancer in April when I got the job to write a certain track for a company. I’d always written music, but this was the first time that I was writing for someone else, not me, so I had to really think about my best approach.

“I love the flexibility of choosing my working hours and it’s so rewarding to be being paid to do what I love. Music has been what’s defined me since I was a kid and it’s the only thing that’s really engrossed me.

“When I hit 18 or 19, I realised that I wouldn’t be headlining Glastonbury anytime soon! I’d just like to make a steady income and buy a house, but career wise, I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do.

“I would 100% recommend the JETS programme; it’s been invaluable in every respect.”

The Work and Health JETS scheme is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund.

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