My family are my number one fans, but they can’t back me financially, so I have to do it myself, which I like. It’s not been the easiest; I’m renting in London, teach at Kingston a bit, and have two part-time jobs, so it’s a lot of juggling. I’m also looking into funding opportunities for materials. But most importantly, I want to make sure this is feasible and not kill myself in the process.
Doing MYOM has taken away some of my fear of the industry. As scary as it is, in terms of having no money or job security, it’s really nice to do something where you feel like you’re doing the right thing every day. I did this to figure out what I wanted to do, but also to create opportunities for myself. I’ve met loads of people, have a clearer path and more confidence. On a bigger scale, I hope this idea can be passed on and inspire someone else.
My plan could crash and burn, but when I get scared, I think, ‘Well, I can’t really lose’, because the worst-case scenario is that I have a much better portfolio. While originally, the end goal was to get a real job with real money, this might change as I learn more about the industry. And if I decide I want to do a real MA, then I’m in a much better position for a scholarship, because I’ve proven how serious I am about learning. Hopefully it will put me in a better position all round.