I’m not sure if it is hilarious (deluded more like) but I had serious ambitions to follow in Leonardo Da Vinci’s footsteps at one point (I would have been about 12 years old), I became obsessed by his drawings and sketches and would try to copy his drawing style. I was quite fanatical about it in my ignorance.
Percival Whitely College of Further Education (as was) and Somerset College of Arts and Technology.
Job 1. Decorating a factory and moving large blocks of foam around in the same factory.
Job 2. Carrying a hammer for a handyman in a cotton mill, and hitting things with it every now and again.
Job 3. Junior designer.
I had no clue, move to London was my plan. Then get a job. It was pretty grim and I had to tough it out, after a year I got lucky.
We have a paid internship programme
Fantastic work and no spelling mistakes.
Collaboration and engagement
Fabulous work, awesome technical skills, no ego, and very hard working.
Claudia Klat and Jonathan Nielsen, we complement each others skills and are a fantastic, tight team who push each other on.
Disaster isn’t too strong a word for this - taking on individuals who turned out to be toxic. It is the worst thing you can do in a creative studio, they can hold you back and slow you down for years. I’ve learnt that you have to actively look for the signs, because in retrospect they have been there, and the person has given themselves away. I guess I’m an optimist and have always hoped that they will improve over time but the truth is they don’t. So now I’m hyper sensitive to this. Good, talented, emotionally honest people that’s what we all need.
Be open and flexible but don’t ever lose sight of your dream.
Push on, push harder, make more, make new, experiment, have fun.