For freelance creative Kayleigh De Sousa, trying to break into industry was a daunting prospect. “To me, the creative industry looked like an iron fortress with a metaphorical guard, deciding who gets to come in and out,” she recalls. Mentorship schemes, however, proved to be an invaluable part of her growth, and after leaving her pub job post-graduation, she found doors began to open. Inspired by her childhood, Kayleigh has gone from drawing every Neopet under the sun, to creating illustrations for the likes of Sick Love Zine. Most recently, she was picked by Somerset House to be one of their Future Producers to create work that exemplifies her hopes for tomorrow. Here, Kayleigh talks about the benefits of having a support system, learning to value your craft and why ‘exposure’ is her least favourite word.