It has been a very long and winding road! Over the years I have worked in graphic design, event management, operations, marketing and project management across multiple industries including advertising, publishing, entrepreneurship support, conference management and healthcare marketing. I won’t list my entire CV, but I want to highlight key moments that have equipped me to do what I do now:
During the second year of my degree, I did a semester abroad at FIT in New York. I fell in with the graffiti and street art crowd and spent 5 months meeting both emerging and established artists, attending lots of underground shows and learning how the scene operates there. When I came back to London, I formed an art collective ‘Side Effects’ with my LCC mates and organised a few exhibitions.
After graduating in 2009, I spent 2 years at a startup called NACUE that was dedicated to promoting and supporting student entrepreneurship. As their Operations Director, I managed systems and workflows, and two annual conferences. I learnt how to bootstrap, how to get in-kind support and that ‘organising’ wasn’t common sense, it was a skill and a career.
A few years in conference management allowed me to refine my project management skills, learn how to work with and manage a team, how to sell and how to manage venues.
About 3 years ago I quit the office work world and got back to my original passion, which is art. I invested a lot of time into reading book and articles, listening to podcasts, attending talks and exhibitions. I began with small self-initiated projects, and one of them led to my first paid curator gig.
I miss it a lot!!! I had a great time, and I met my closest friends.
One of the key things I only realised in hindsight was how transferrable the theory was! I used to find it annoying during projects in class, but once I began working in entrepreneurship I saw how relevant and invaluable it was. Now it’s called design-thinking and lauded as the future of everything.
What are your plans for your career in the future?
I am working on developing my art writing, that’s a big focus for me at the moment. In the future, I’d like to work on some international projects.
- Enjoy every moment and seize every opportunity
- Meet and get to know everyone you can in the building – one of the best things about LCC is the people
- Make the most of all the facilities!
- Collaborate with other courses on self-initiated projects
- Set up a dedicated workspace and stick to a routine
- Exercise and stretch daily
- Indulge in your “time off” so it regenerates you for the next working day
- Be gentle with yourself – it’s OK to be less productive during a global pandemic 😉