What was your journey like when you first graduated out?
Starting out, I was hungry and driven. I knew I wanted to stay in London, and to work for a massive agency or brand. I knew that big brands had reach, power and money, and I wanted to infiltrate from within.
The trouble was, I did not have any immediately applicable skills, like graphic design, so I was kind of stuck. I applied for loads of jobs, and got an interview at M&C Saatchi, but in the client management department. I knew I would not get the role, but still I did the interview, and looked ridiculous, with my (I shit you not) handmade 3D model of a CV that visualised my passions and experience thus far.
I left feeling embarrassed, but hoping HR saw something in me – which they did! I was given an internship in the creative department, worked all the weekends and all the late nights and then became the junior art buyer. I was responsible for commissioning photographers and illustrators, and I loved it. Within two years I was running the department.