Posted 05 May 2021

Get a Pep Talk from multidisciplinary artist, Mahaneela

This May, we’ve got even more advice and inspiration on the way, as multidisciplinary artist Mahaneela joins us for this month’s Pep Talk. Be sure to tune in on Wednesday 19th May at 1pm on Instagram Live, as she talks about building a career as a multidisciplinary creative.

Meet the Guest

Self-portrait by Mahaneela

About Mahaneela
Starting out, it can be easy to assume that you need to specialise in a particular area, find your niche, or style – and stick with it. The reality, however, as Mahaneela shows, isn’t quite so clear-cut. Having initially dropped out of a philosophy degree, Mahaneela has built a career doing what she loves, and today works across everything from photography and fine art to film and music, switching effortlessly between directing, shooting and writing – as well as working as a DJ.

Currently in New York, based in London, and with roots in Ghana, India and Jamaica, Mahaneela’s work often explores themes centred on diasporic history, with a focus on the Black experience. Her work strives to not only address the lack of representation in mainstream media, but also shift the narrative, and provide a new bright, beautiful and more authentic perspective.

In addition to her photography and filmmaking work, Mahaneela is also a creative strategist and consultant, and has created projects for an incredible list of clients including Apple, XL Recordings, Converse, gal-dem, Channel 4 and Tate Modern; and artists like FKA Twigs, Tyga, Sampha and Miraa May.

As someone who is so used to juggling multiple projects, Mahaneela will be ready to talk about all things freelance, using your skillset among many pursuits, creating consistency in your practice, and much more.

See more from Mahaneela on her website and Instagram.

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gal-dem: The Secrets Issue, photographed by Mahaneela

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Nike Women X Adwoa Aboah, photographed by Mahaneela

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H&M x Simone Rocha, photographed by Mahaneela

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FKA Twigs: Cellophane Capsule Collection, photographed by Mahaneela

Meet the Host

About Steph Fung
A 2019 graduate of LCC’s BA in graphic and media design, doing a year in industry while at university lead to Steph’s lucky break. After working with the likes of The Face magazine, Studio Moross and The Mill, Steph built up a strong network before landing her current role as a motion designer at Selfridges.

Ever since, Steph’s career has continued to go from strength-to-strength. From building an impressive online presence to creating work for Vogue Singapore. Recently she was also selected for Kickers’ class of 50 creatives that they believe will help shape their respective industries over the next 50 years.

See more from Steph via her website, on Instagram and TikTok.

Get Involved

Send us your questions!
We’d love for you to join us on May 19th, and we also welcome your questions for Mahaneela.

Join the conversation
You can send your questions via Eventbrite when you sign up. Register using the button below, give us a follow on Instagram – and we’ll see you there!

Written by Creative Lives in Progress
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