Hello; I'm Charlie Lester. The Arts VA.
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The Arts VA provides bespoke virtual assistant services to the arts industry. I work with creative individuals and businesses from all sectors, including but not limited to, the performing arts, visual arts, design, music, writing and publishing, photography, and cultural education.
Working behind the scenes to support my clients, I enable them to remain in the spotlight of their business and focus on what they do best.
While I handle a freelancer's deal negotiations and submit their invoices, they can strengthen their relationships with clients and raise their profile. Production Managers can focus on the load-in and rehearsals, reassured that I am managing their inbox and keeping track of their budget.
I have a First Class B.A. Honours Degree in Drama and Performance, and a Masters in Producing Musical Theatre. I started my company, The Arts VA, in 2018, after 8 years at Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, where I worked on West End and international productions of Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Hamilton, Mary Poppins, Barnum, and more.
As a VA, I have created a working week where I have the flexibility to balance a phone call with a client, the school run, marketing my business and a coffee with a friend. I feel grateful that my family can benefit from having me at home, and I can continue working in an industry I love with brilliant, creative people.
I am the go-to VA for the arts because I am passionate about creating time for the people and things you love. I take care of the time-consuming admin tasks to enable my clients to focus on what they really want to be doing.