We believe in supporting creators of all shapes and sizes, Teardusk Insights is our brand new series of events and workshops equipping you with the skills and knowledge you need to break into the creative industries. We officially launched Teardusk Insights at Richmix Arts Centre for an evening of industry led advice and inspiration from leading creatives and entrepreneurs.
If you missed our latest event at Richmix, don't worry we've got you guys covered, be prepared to take a walk in the shoes of our industry panellists as they reveal their top tips from the night to take your career to the next level.
Our epic panel consisted of Tobi Shinobi (Photographer), Abdou Cisse (Art Director at R/GA), Iona Inglesby (Founder of Dot One) and Michael Driver (Illustrator). Hosted by A.M.I, each speaker took to the stage to share insightful stories and experiences through our panel talk. On the evening, the RichMix transformed into a home for the city's creatives to connect, share and grow.
Here are four things we learned on the evening:
1. Do not fear change, embrace it.
Our first speaker on the night was Abdou Cisse, Art Director and one-half of (A|A) at R/GA. Abdou's journey began at De Montfort University, where he studied Architecture. If you, like us, were left puzzled trying to figure out the connection between architecture and advertising. We would advise you to pay full attention to what is mentioned. Abdou's life took a turn for the best as he grew dissatisfied with his degree. He decided to experiment with the arts and eventually found his passion for creating through photography, film and design. His change of heart inevitably led to Abdou pursuing a creative career at R/GA. He, alongside Akwasi (A|A), have worked on projects which have received worldwide success with brands, such as Nike, Google and Beats By Dre.
2. Believe in your quirk.
Our next speaker was Iona Inglesby, a design consultant and founder of DotOne. Iona's story takes us back to her student days, as a design student, she spoke of her struggle to fit into the cliché of a creative. Unfortunately, weird wasn't the new cool back then, but it seems to be now. Iona had a deep-rooted interest in science and it wasn't until she embraced it that she discovered her golden idea. Iona challenged the status quo and merged her love for design with science to set-up Dot One. A design start-up bridging the gap between the public and science through genetics.
3. Always make the first move.
Up next was Michael Driver, an award-winning illustrator based in London. Michael Driver impressed the audience with his witty banter and truthfulness. We initially spoke to Michael Driver in January about his journey and a year onwards he has gone from strength to strength. His work has been in the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian. However, it wasn't by coincidence but through action. Michael always shared his work and searched for opportunities to expose it.
4. Research is key!
Tobi Shinobi was our last speaker on the evening. He was joined on stage and interviewed by A.M.I. Tobi's journey certainly wasn't an overnight success story. It's a common misconception that a creative's life is simply just fun & games. Wrong! If you don't believe us then you could ask Tobi, who carefully built his profile on Instagram. And it wasn't just through photography, but with research too. He studied his follower's habits and preferences, which he used to craft his content. It managed to work out in the long run as he has a following of over 120,000 on Instagram and has become an official Sony Global Imaging Ambassador