What did you want to be growing up?
Cesc Fàbregas' understudy.
Did you study at degree level and if so, do you feel you need a formal education for what you do?
I studied illustration at degree level – the year of the price hike. I think it’s beneficial, certainly. Anything costing £27,000 should be, but it’s by no means essential. Going solo, you’re probably not getting access to the same facilities, and a YouTube tutorial isn’t going to give you the same network, feedback and wisdom that a tutor and some peers could, but there are plenty of solutions to these omissions in 2019.
After graduating what were your initial steps?
I knew I wanted to do a masters. I felt my work just wasn’t quite there yet, so I moved home, took a year out, practiced lino and got a little more life experience under the belt. I worked at John Lewis for five days, got a job on Gumtree washing dishes at a fancy French restaurant and then became a cleaner.
Shortly after graduating I was included in People of Print’s 2015 graduate finalists which gave me some hope, and that November, after shooting a few emails, I received my first editorial commission for Intern Magazine. In hindsight I really wasn’t prepared for that one, but it taught me a lot about the editing process.
I then had the obligatory cry/meltdown and questioned whether I’d chosen the right degree, but the It’s Nice That feature came literally the next day and I took it as a sign to continue. I wound up getting a couple of great exhibition opportunities and accepted into The Royal College of Art the following summer – but that was far too much money so I went to Manchester, instead.