• June 21, 2016

    Get to know our speakers for women talk: Tuesday 5th July 2016

    The countdown is on until we host our 2nd event of the year on Tuesday 5th July at Red Bull Music Studios. Women Talk: Media, music, influence & empowerment brings together 5 of the most influential women in print media and popular culture for an evening of wisdom sharing, life hacks and inspirational discussion.

    Our events are a safe place for aspirational and ambitious women to gather together and share our stories in the hopes that we can all learn something from each other and feel empowered to kick ass!

    We have a wonderful line up of speakers made up of women who write for Cosmopolitan magazine, Red magazine, Marie Claire and Complex Magazine. These women have managed to navigate their way to work for some of the most successful brands in a tough and competitive industry.

    We caught up with some of our panel to get some nuggets of wisdom before the event and to gain an insight into their personalities.

    Corinne Redfern, Freelance Features Editor

    Corinne Redfern

    What has been your greatest professional challenge?
    This isn’t one specific incident I’m afraid (it’s more of a casually debilitating fear that challenges me on a daily basis), but I’ve had to work really, really hard at pitching ideas and not taking rejection personally. After my first ever Features Meeting, I remember having to take myself off to the loos so that I could sob into the toilet roll for a little while, and it’s been less of an ‘uphill struggle’, more a ‘fight-to-the-death-conducted-on-a-vertical-ski-slope’, ever since. These days I’ve got some tricks down to make it easier. But a lot of the time it just involves closing my eyes tightly and swearing a bit, before clicking send*.
    *Note – this only works when pitching from home. Not in meetings.

    The title of a book that changed your life:
    I read A Little Life the other week, and it’s definitely changed my month. It’s totally, completely beautiful. You should all read it immediately. In terms of my entire life, Dorling Kindersley published a gorgeous photo book called Children Just Like Me when I was about seven, and I can trace most of my fascination with new people and new places back to that. You should all read that immediately too.

    Plan B career:
    Very briefly, pre-Children Just Like Me, I wanted to be a librarian, so that I could read ‘all the books’. Discovering that that’s not actually how librarians spend their time was a devastating moment.

    Jennifer Savin, Junior Features Writer, Cosmopolitan 

    Jennifer Savin headshot

    What’s your top advice to interns?

    Keep grafting, be nice to and chat to everyone you can (from the office cleaner to your boss’s boss) and say ‘Yes!’ to every task with enthusiasm. Don’t get above yourself or bring a bad attitude to the table – that kind of reputation will outlive you. Network furiously.

    What song sums up your life right now?

    Juicy by Notorious B. I. G.

    Please tell us a quote you live by:

    Very little [in life] is off limits, but draw the line at being unkind’ – RuPaul

    Natasha Lunn, Features Editor, Red Magazine

    Natasha Lunn

     

    What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
    It’s not advice, as such, but one thing I try to remember is this line Lionel Shriver wrote: “Happiness isn’t a position. It’s a trajectory.” In our careers, as well as the rest of our lives, I think it’s important to find joy in the struggle. Sometimes striving to get to where we want to be is even better than getting there. I have this paragraph from Lionel’s piece pinned on my wall at home:

    Happiness isn’t getting something, but wanting something. It’s having appetite, being filled with desire. It’s being pointed in a direction. It’s caring about something, which means the condition always comes with the threat of disappointment, injury or loss. As giving a toss about anything or anyone makes you a sitting duck, happiness is intrinsically precarious; it entails putting yourself at risk. It has nothing to do with feeling pompously, fatuously puffed up over your wonderful self and your wonderful life. It’s being too driven, too busy, too focused on what’s on the docket for today to remember to even ask yourself if you’re happy. If you’re really happy, you’re probably thinking about something else.”

    Please tell us a quote that you live by
    The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of it.” Cheryl Strayed

    Who is your female hero?
    Activist and writer Gloria Steinem. Not only has she changed the course of history, but she also truly understands the power of female friendship.

    Emma Gordon, Project Manager, Complex UK

    Emma Gordon - Brits Pic

     

    Have you always wanted to do your current role? If not what did you want to do? If yes, why have you wanted to do this role?
    My career path has been varied to say the least. I’ve gone from being a trained dancer, to a video producer, an event manager and now a project manager. Though I have never been driven by a particular job role as such, I’ve always known that I wanted to work in a creative space where I could assist in creating experiences for audiences. For me, experiences transcend to emotion, and emotions become memories. So whether it was through choreography, organising a concert or creating an activation for a brand, the gratification of developing a simple idea, bringing it to life and then having people positively interact with it, is an amazing feeling.

    Please tell us a quote you live by
    Can I give you two?

    “You just have to keep moving forward. You just have to keep doing something, seizing the next opportunity, staying open to trying something new. It doesn’t have to fit your vision of the perfect job or the perfect life. Perfect is boring, and dreams are not real. Just . . . DO.”
    – Shonda Rhimes,

    People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
    – Maya Angelou

    What song sums up your life right now?
    Destiny’s Child – “So Good”

    Coco Khan, Senior Editor, Complex UK

    Coco Headshot

     

    What are the 3 factors to your success?

    1. Ability to hold drink like a champion

    2. An extra 20 minutes in bed every day because I rarely wear make up

    3. Awesome friends.

    What song sums up your  life right now?

    Cheer Up London, Slaves (Remix obvz)

    Want to meet these amazing ladies and get some more nuggets of wisdom? Book your ticket now to attend our event here on Tuesday 5th July 2016

     

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