Hey it's Thursday, you made it through Wednesday where you just can't wait until the weekend and maybe doubt your career choice. Today we are chatting about what my guests would do if they weren't busy being amazing stylists, designers, illustrators and writers, I think no matter what you do there is always something else you're thinking about doing, what would you do in your alternative career universe?
Q. As I get older I think a lot more about where I am taking myself and if I want to do something different before it's too late to start something new and still have time to do it well. Do you have something you would really like to do outside of what you are doing now, and what?
Mel Stringer - Illustrator @melstringer -The only other thing that I want to better myself at is my music. I started focusing seriously in 2006 but life and circumstances got in the way. Since around 2007 it became a real struggle to tie myself down and be disciplined enough to create new work. At the moment I am signed to indie label ZZAAPP as "Sparkle Gang"and I have a lot of songs that I have yet to record, but my art is always so much easier to dive into.
It's about having total silence and focus, time to tune into it. Thankfully with art I don't need so much seclusion to work but with music it's completely different.
Josie Steenhart - Freelance writer, editor and stylist @undonejournal - So many things! I have a LOT of ideas and interests and passions and have found there is actually time for a lot if you can get the balance right. I think figuring out which ones can be hobbies and which can realistically pay the bills is key. And sometimes something that starts as a hobby can grow into something more - but you don’t know until you have a proper go at it. It was evident early on that writing was the thing that came most effortlessly to me (not to say it’s effortless by any means), so very likely will always be my bread and butter, but that still leaves time to try other things, without the immediate pressure of them having to make you money. I’m just about to launch a second website - The Mamas (http://www.the-mamas.com) - which is simply interviews with inspiring mothers from all around the world, accompanied by beautiful imagery of them and their lives. I always wanted to do a pure interview-based website that would maybe inspire people and have a sort of community feel around it. I have Undone Journal (http://undonejournal.com) as another creative outlet, which I’ve been doing in ebbs and flows for a few years now but which also turned out to be a platform for emerging creatives to showcase their work - something I’m really proud of. I love love love flowers and often entertain the idea of becoming a florist but then remind myself I have almost zero business sense, which is obviously pretty crucial there, so instead I just admire what others do and dabble with flowers in my free time. I would also love to write a novel or two, and edit/write a pretty, clever coffee table book or two, I’d like to work on documentaries (not sure in what capacity…), run a store full of cool authentic handmade things, work in an art gallery or a museum, do some kind of interesting, meaningful humanitarian work (I initially went to journalism school so I could work for someone like Amnesty International, have definitely lost my way a bit there), and I’d also love to learn how to use a proper camera… That’s just a few… There’s still time!
Liz Wilson - Fashion Designer Eugenie @eugenie_official - I think in making clothes I have found my thing, and I will ideally keep doing that for as long as I feel the drive and connection. That said I love sculpture, and moulding and carving and making things, so I dabble in hilarious experiments when I have the spare time, unfortunately right now it’s not very often. I definitely keep it light and err on the side of funny failures rather than perfect specimens because I just don’t have the time for skill for technical mastery. I’d love to have some making workshops with the gang at the studio where we could learn from a pro and then exhibit the results in the shop. When I really get on I plan to set up a permaculture garden and get into pottery, sculpture and being a full time hermit. I was really into all of those when I was an uncool teenager and I’m itching to get back into them.
Chloe Hill - Stylist and Market Editor at Oyster Magazine, http://www.chloechill.com - I'm open to whatever comes my way but I try not to put too much pressure on myself time-wise; I think if you put your mind to it career changes are absolutely possible later in life. I have always had an interest in e-commerce and the business side of the industry so who knows where I'll end up!
Eirian Chapman - Illustrator @eirianchapman www.eirianchapman.com - I’ve never really imagined I would do anything else except draw. It’s always felt like the only thing I’m good at! Sometimes I have fantasies of working outdoors as a park ranger but that usually comes about when I haven’t left the city/house in a while. Maybe I’ll discover I have an amazing singing voice and spend the rest of my life in a leotard busting out vocals on stage, but probably not. I rarely make life/work plans or think much about the past. I try to live in the present because I don’t want to miss out on the detail.