How important would you say social media and self-promotion are to your work?
Annoyingly, I haven’t put any focus on putting my work out on social media. I’ve been consumed by agency work, so that aspect of self-promotion has been put on the back burner.
A recent personal goal of mine has been to go back to the drawing board with branding myself on social media and my website. I’d have to say word of mouth has been the biggest outlet for self-promotion, but I can say that I’m definitely looking to invest more time into a fully-formed Instagram account that’s a true representation of my work and aesthetic.
What have been your greatest learnings with making money and supporting yourself as a creative?
I feel that creative agencies and brands often capitalise on unpaid placements – for many graduates having the opportunity to learn in-house comes with sacrificing financial support, which limits prospects. The class divide becomes disproportionate, so I feel discussions around pay and money need to be a lot more transparent. This is something I’ve now learnt to do within my own circles.
For me, taking on side jobs amidst my early placements offered a small sense of financial security but I’d advise all graduates, especially those who’ve recently moved to London, to seek placements that support financially at any capacity.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by just how expensive modern-day city living has become. Faced with unpaid placements, graduates are often under severe financial strain to survive let alone learn, grow and succeed.