What’s the best career-related advice you’ve ever received?
This is a bit cliché, but if you don’t ask, you don’t get.
Opportunities very rarely fall in your lap. All the jobs I’ve gotten are through taking a punt and sending a cringe email – the worst thing they can do is say no.
What advice would you give someone looking to get into a similar career?
Having a creative support network is important, especially if you’re a writer, because it can be such a solitary experience.
It’s great to have a writer’s group or club where you can not only share your work, but also see first-hand how other writers are actually doing, instead of viewing it through the rose-tinted lens of Twitter or Instagram that can be really toxic.
If you’re at uni, join creative societies! And if they don’t have them, make one yourself! In my second year, myself and a couple of friends started the Glasgow University Zine Society, which is still alive and well today.
Being a part of Gum [Glasgow University Magazine] – first as a writer, then as style and beauty editor, and finally as co-editor-in-chief – was also so instrumental. It’s such a great, fun, experimental space to play and be free. I didn’t really appreciate having such a liberating platform for creativity – we weren’t beholden to the university, or to advertisers, so we could publish off-the-wall, super-liberal, queer content without worrying about being too this or too that.
If you’re not at university, seek out as many free, creative workshops, collectives and opportunities as you can! They are there, and they would love to have you.
- Scottish Youth Theatre has amazing resources, I’ve have found a group of writers to share work with through TextLab.
- Creative Scotland’s Opportunities hub always has loads of free and interesting workshops on there. They also post paid jobs too.
- In Glasgow, Gum, Pith and From Glasgow to Saturn regularly host free workshops which you don’t have to be a Glasgow Uni student to attend.
- Also shout out to Drawing Life Glasgow. I modelled for them for a few years which bolstered my confidence; their life drawing sessions are a great de-stresser and a good way of meeting other creatives.