I gave my first ever talk this March at an event called Be Brave, Make your Mark run by the Brighton She Says group. With events every few months, She Says aims to bring together like minded ladies from the Digital and Creative industries to chat, share experiences and get inspired.
It really is a nice format, very friendly and laid back. I’ve met several people through these events who have become good friends and even clients! So I was really chuffed when Rifa, the organiser, asked me to design a flyer for the evening and to speak about my career so far. From my experiences as a Games Designer at Littleloud through to my current Freelancing adventures. Plus the big bit before that where I had no idea what I wanted to do or whether or not to go to university and the numerous ups and downs along the way!
The first speaker, Artist Rachel Mortimer, spoke of a trip to a Dementia care home that changed her outlook on everything. She was inspired to set up Engage and Create, a social enterprise that helps people with dementia rediscover forgotten aspects of their lives by using art as a tool to help them open up and reminisce.
Beth Granter, a passionate activist from the age of 7 told us about her experiences championing causes of great importance to her. Standing up and volunteering when no-one else would and using her understanding of data and marketing to successfully organise protests and make people pay attention.
I’m really impressed by people who find ways to use their skills and passions to help others. I would love to do this with my illustration and definitely feel empowered after the event to find ways to do this. See you at the next She Says!
P.S. Here’s my ‘advice’ slide from the evening. Stuff I try to remember myself but often forget!