What advice would you give to an emerging creative wanting to get into the same line of work?
Persevere, because it isn’t easy. You can’t half-arse your way to your dreams, you’ve got to put in the extra work. And if you are from a marginalised group, then you’ve got to put in extra work on top of that.
Be loud, don’t be afraid to express your ideas and your personality – both in the physical world and through your work. If you can’t express who you are as a person in a company, then get out and find somewhere else, because there will always be somewhere that will love you for you and what you can do, and not just what you can do for them.
Be brave, make bold and sometimes even risky decisions. Trust your intuition, but also be open-minded, because not one person knows everything. Collaboration is so important to get the best end product, but also to help your development.
Listen to loved ones, take breaks, bare breaks! Look after your body and mind. Yoga, meditation, cycling, anything that helps you escape from reality for a bit. It will stop you from imploding and help to open your mind.
And last but not least, network your arse off! Be confident and approach people to talk about each other’s ideas. Like, anyone reading this – please feel free to hit me up for a chat, I’m always up for meeting and chatting with creatives and intellectuals alike.