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.
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.