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Lucy Charlotte Aiken

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Currently living in

Wilmington, Massachusetts, US

Work Preferences

Remote

Open to roles

Short Term ContractLong Term Employee

Ideal Workplace Values

I would feel most comfortable in a position where there are people who identify as neurodivergent in leadership positions. One of the challenges I've had thus far has been feeling isolated being the only (openly) neurodiverse person in most of my workplaces. My ideal workplace would be one where individuality is valued, where employees have the opportunity to work remotely, and where clear feedback is given. I did very well in college (I graduated from Berklee College of Music early and Magna Cum Laude with both a major and minor-something rarely done at that particular institution given the demanding courseload), and I realized it was because of two things: 1) I can rock a deadline like nobody's business. I tend to always turn in things early 2) I did very well with a syllabus where I knew exactly what was expected of me 3) The nature of most classes is that there are usually multiple graded indicators of how you are doing throughout the semester, and therefore there was seldom a major surprise as to how I was doing towards the end. The ideal workplace would be one in which the employer will give the employee time to adjust to the role, rather than feeling the pressure to "prove yourself" or do things perfectly on Day 1. Also, I would prefer a job where there isn't a ton of verbal directions given, and employees have the chance to write things down. I would prefer a job where I be an neurodiversity rights activist and not feel like I have to hide that at work to be taken seriously. I am a very progressive person, so generally speaking a conservative workplace is probably not for me. I also tend to do better in environments that contain the following: 1) Collaborative vs competitive culture 2) Egalitarian vs authoritarian culture. Since I plan to continue to pursue my career as a professional performer, my dream job would also be one where bosses are understanding of my need for a flexible schedule. Finally, I find micromanaging from bosses to be massively stressful, and therefore would be better suited to a boss with a more laidback management style.


Skills and Strengths

My Neuro-exceptional talent

Both of my parents are professional dancers, so that arts was ingrained into my life from an early age. Although I was bullied quite a bit in school for being different, doing things like school plays was one of the places where I felt that I truly thrived. I have also been a writer and storyteller my entire life. Over the years, I have received eight different diagnoses, both formal and informal, and this opened up a whole new world to me that I was previously unaware: neurodiversity. I feel very strongly that one of my greatest gifts is the ability to distill complex and even controversial ideas about neurodiversity and disability rights into speeches that are powerful yet digestible for neurotypical professionals. I feel strongly that we need an anti ableism reckoning as world, because right now too much of the conversation about disability/neurodiversity is being led by people who are neurotypical and/or able bodied.

Technical Skills

Microsoft Office

Microsoft PowerPoint

Facebook

Email software

Top 5 Soft Skills

CreativityReliabilityCritical ThinkingPersuasionPresentation

Inclusion Essentials

Environments I'm comfortable with

Working with animals
Driving a vehicle
Working with food
Interaction with the public
Heavy lifting
Bright or blinking lights
Loud noises
Outdoors or places with strong smells
Standing for long periods
Variable temperatures
Uniforms (hard hat, hair net, etc.)

Experience

Check out my work

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Lucy Aiken Reels
Working since Feb 2022

Actress - Viral Ventures

I am part of "The Alice Cocktail Experience" in downtown Boston, which is an immersive theater take on the "Alice in Wonderland" story. Other responsibilities include preparing drinks, light bartending, dishwashing, costume/prop maintenance, and interacting with the public.

Education and Credentials

Attended for 3 years from 2016 to 2019

Berklee College of Music

Bachelor's degree - Contemporary Vocal Performance, Minor in Musical Theater. Graduated Magna Cum Laude