After studying for an MA in illustration, artist Sofia Niazi went on the dole. “My dad advised me to do that so I could feel secure while looking for a job,” she tells us. “I’m glad I did, it gave me some breathing room.” By taking risks, overlooking the stigma and exploring her interests with full flexibility, Sofia was able to find her path. Now working collaboratively as part of OOMK – an art collective and biannual publication that focuses on women, art and activism – she also dabbles in various freelance projects for clients such as the Barbican, The Guardian and Museum of London, and runs a community Risograph print studio in Newham, London. We speak with Sofia as she reflects on her path, the struggles with attributing a price to your job and the importance of being yourself.