Fashion future – Alexa Chung

In this Vogue video (available on Youtube), Alexa Chung is a charming and personable guide though the world of fashion as a career and industry.  Total must-see for anyone even potentially possibly vaguely interested in fashion as a career.

In series one, Alexa talks and walks us through:

  • her experience moving from being a model into behind the scenes
  • how new upcoming British designers are spotted and sponsored by British Fashion Council with the programme New Gen
  • Studying fashion is a more expensive course because you have to make a Collection of clothes

This is 2015 and, speaking to new designer and New Gen success, Christopher Kane, the elephant in the room for me is Alexa’s skinny size.  Everytime she shows her legs or Continue reading “Fashion future – Alexa Chung”

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21 questions to help you find your life work

It can be very difficult to find your best career/job – here are 21 questions I’ve put together as a warm up.  They’re positive and imaginative to do.  Why not take some time, get comfy and answer them, see what emerges? Disclaimer: Right up front, let me say I don’t have professional training in careers, these are just some simple queries to get you started … Continue reading 21 questions to help you find your life work

14 tips for new TV comedy/drama writers

The tone of this seminar at Xponorth2017 was very positive – some advice specifically for Scotland but generally useful for UK writers. Main advice for new writers: Look at the website BBC Writersroom for writing opportunities in BBC but also theatres When there’s an open call for submissions, send in your scripts. Keep sending them your work so they get a sense of your writing … Continue reading 14 tips for new TV comedy/drama writers

Become a Designer right NOW

  “You don’t need equipment, you don’t need a salary, you don’t need a lot of money, you don’t need a fancy assignment you don’t need anything – all you need is your curiosity and your optimism and you can start being a designer this minute.” Michael Beirut, Pentagram Design Partner This 6 minute video will give more of an idea of the satisfaction of seeing your … Continue reading Become a Designer right NOW

Get past the fear block to freedom (20 mins)

“Fear and envy will keep you on the sidelines”

 

This is an extraordinary video: 20 minutes of a woman talking about her paralysing fear of public speaking – while doing it.  Honest.  Encouraging.  She’s speaking to a roomful of creative people, at the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) conference, 2015.  Then there’s 10 minutes of questions with the conference moderator, Roman Mars, who is also very engaging.

“If we don’t risk, we don’t get anywhere.  Fear of risk is terrible.”

“Vulnerability is where creativity lives – and I think it’s where we practice our best bravery.”

Her fear of public speaking was such that, given a leadership development course which involved a 2 minute speaking presentation to 46 senior executives, she seriously considered giving up the job which she loved and had practiced for 16 years.  (She works at Capitol Radio, on visuals and direct print campaigns for new singers and has collaborated with Gwen Stefani, 50 cent, Annie Lennox, Beck, Katy Perry.)
However, she realized that her paralysing fear was truly holding her back, and that she Continue reading “Get past the fear block to freedom (20 mins)”