Thanks to a connection from his job at Getty, Charlie ended up joining the team at Island Records, initially working on their social media. Following some changes within the team, Charlie had the opportunity to move into more visual work, applying for the role of art director. Having set up a small-scale agency with his brother in law on the side of his day job a few years earlier, he was able to implement his self-taught design skills.
With no formal training in graphic design, and feeling like he found his career calling a little later than his peers, Charlie says that finding confidence in his abilities hasn’t always come naturally. However, he also shares his gratitude for those early experiences, even in roles that didn’t quite fit him at the time. “Every time you’re doing something, making something, reading a book or doing a bit more research, you’re getting there. I only feel like I’m just starting to make the best work I’ve ever made now, and the experiences of what I did or didn’t do in my twenties have shaped that.”
Lastly, we ask Charlie his advice for anyone wanting to work at the intersection of visual art, design and music – including the ways you can make yourself known to commissioners as a freelance creative. “If I’m commissioning, [I want to see] something unexpected, that I might not necessarily think of myself. Don’t be afraid to present something that is not like everything else.”