Lauren Gill founded Studio Five, and advertising/marketing agency in Barbados at only 21. Freshly back from her years studying abroad and working at an established agency in London she came back for love, one that was kept alive over years of long distance and had reached the point of deciding what was next. The cogs were all moving so quickly, starting a business from scratch and finally living in the same place as her partner they navigated most of the unknown together. Lauren talks about how her partner helped her become who she is, how the relationships modelled around her impacted her and the challenges she’s faced as a young entrepreneur and the expectations she puts on herself. Despite not being someone to experience imposter syndrome she explains that certain doubts can slowly build up and that even succesful entrepreneurs sometimes ask for help.
Astrology means a lot of different things to many people but for those you go deep into what it all means they agree that it allows a level of introspection that many of us wouldn’t do daily in the same way. Tati Petkovic founded her astrology line Moon Sign Supplies to connect people to their signs in a way that was easy to incorporate into every day life. From totes to phone cases, there’s a playful nature that Tati explores with each design and she describes the process as revisiting play with crayons and energetic colours.
In this conversation we talk about getting to know your sign and what that means about how you perceive yourself, the people pleasing nature of certain signs such as Libra but on a more complex level something that seems to apply to most women and whether it’s really a good idea to look at sign compatibility when you’re now starting dating someone new.
Wild Concrete is the brain child of Brazilian born and raised Bruna Kowall. Now settled in Toronto you can catch Bruna selling her beautiful minimalist plates, trays, coasters and pots at various beloved markets. In this episode we explore the importance of her faith in her practice, how she transferred her experience of growing up seeing her dad’s construction company back home to studying industrial design and prototyping these concrete creations that help ground her and bring her back to herself. Integral to it all are the mentors, her husband and friends that told her to just do it. We aren’t thinking about a figurative one day anymore, we’re putting whats unique to us out into the world to be appreciated.
The journey to becoming an artist, to using your creative drive to establish oneself and make a living is no easy task and Rosalie shares her own struggles and victories finally landing into floral arrangement for intimate weddings and working with teams of women that spark joy. She explains her own feelings of shortcoming at not hitting the milestones she’d expected for herself early on but how her perseverance to find her own niche essentially paid off. The art game can be a lot os schmoozing and endlessly networking but when you find the right supportive time, it can all start to feel like it flows seamlessly and jobs fill you with a sense of excitement.
Having a natural nurturing energy can manifest in many ways, for Emile is eventually was answered in pursuing naturopathy but it was a journey to realize the beautiful life he though certain careers promised him wasn’t necessarily the answer. The young naturopath/musician balances his passions with pursuing his alternative healing path by day and boy band concerts at night, and somehow he’s been a serial serious monogamous long term relationship guy with all of that going on.
We talk about what it means to easily slide into relationships and how it has affected him to experience being single. Why being present and completely honest can be a challenge when dating and how his music allows him to cope with everything.
Marketing, many brands often try and place budget cuts in this area when looking to save but your copy is everything. Bianca Foti is a copyeditor and helps business refine and elevate their content through her business Next Edition Copy. In this episode we talk about how we are all products of our environment, and through these experiences we learn our true passions. How as freelancers we must be accountable for our work, it’s not the clients fault when you fall short and this what may appear obvious point can be forgotten in the day to day minutiae.
Getting ahead in the world of freelancing is no easy task, Bianca gives tips on how to walk into your creative business on your own terms. Knowing your identity and how to use that scale up and engage.
Antonia Fifi is a fashion blogger and designer, originally from Trinidad and Tobago she studied in Toronto for several year and has recently moved back with her family. Antonia, aka Toni, founded her retail line Maison Fifi back in 2009 and takes us through what that journey has been like and what it means now that she is a mother and recently relocated from the Caribbean.
This episode is all about navigating family and business, and sometimes how decisions we make for our family are hard on our business. Antonia get’s honest about the anxiety of starting over but that being a mother has challenged her in ways she couldn’t have predicted. Her children come first.
Happy to call Toronto home but always identifying as West Indian and acknowledging that in her style.
Romy Zack is a Toronto based make artist and hair stylist, who has been featured in several magazines and worked on many beauty shoots as well as with everyday clients. Why should any of this matter to you, well because she listens to her clients. She gives space so that she can deliver what they really need, and enhance what is already there, mastering the no make up make up look.
It’s not an easy field, and we talk about the challenge of always being on and needing to really engage with people on the daily but Romy remember what it was like watching that very first makeup artist do everyone’s make up for a wedding and how she made everyone laugh and how happy they were when they saw themselves and she knew she wanted to give that to people. It’s an interesting client relationship as she enters into spaces that traditionally only special people to them are in, touching their faces and she delves into what it’s like as a true introvert.
Dennis Oba is front end web developer and graduate of OCADU Illustration programme. He explains that something that has always bothered him is the lack of options presented to people trying to figure out how to be creative, with counsellors only providing the typical answers. Yet there are so many more options, akin to dating in many ways. We compare the popular apps, and the not so well known ones and think of the anxiety as well as excitement that they bring. Then what about having a family, what does it mean to be an artist and want to cultivate a family? Today it’s all possible and it’s interesting to hear how we can start to tackle it all.
Welcome back! It’s taken a minute to get back into the swing of podcasting but I am so excited to start it back up after a year hiatus. Our first guest is Ria Elciario, founder of the online platform She’s Got Wonder where creatives have a chance to display their work in a landscape that is often hard to enter. Ria was inspired by her own experience and struggles getting her work seen, to give voice to those talented individuals that found the barriers to display their work intimidating and impossible. The name was inspired by the David Bowie song She’s Got Medals and the rest is history.
Ria dabbled in the culinary arts, had an online magazine, from early she had a love for performance and music and her story meanders in this way of using her family and friends to inspire creating and pushing past mental blocks that she gets very vulnerable about. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.
Bethany Pile is a recognized realist painter who studied at the University of Toronto and is currently based in Barbados. She works primarily in oil and watercolour to paint her subjects in great detail.
Realizing one's talent at an early age is something that we are not all so lucky to experience but if you are, it is a masterpiece to watch that person grow and hack away at it each day. Talent alone only gets you so far and Bethany talks about her decision to study art in Toronto, how she finds art subjective and her hesitations to teach since she doesn't want to judge someone else's work. On finishing her degree she swiftly returned back to Barbados, a place that will always be home and somewhere she can translate the contemporary techniques she learned.
Relationships help push her to create but Bethany is skilled at keeping her private life and her art two distinct entities. Creating polarizing work without exposing too much of her own inner life.