In the past couple of months I have been spending time gathering all of my work online – my photography, writing , digital content etc – and housing them on this site, which has always been home to my blog and a little photography but it wasn’t an accurate and detailed representation of what I do. In the past year I have slowly been pivoting towards becoming a full time freelancer and this has meant not just working with clients who I already have a relationship with but also finding new business and opportunities. What is better than a portfolio? Welcoming people into a world you created, curated and own.
Shukri Janagale is an educator, artist and entrepeneur who embarked on a 365 day art challenge in 2019. We had a chat about the challenges and obstacles she faced, the learning lessons she took away and how it can be applied to all of our lives.
I remember getting a call from the founder of an online women’s magazine who wanted to talk to me about potentially working with them, after a friend of mine had sent examples of my work to her. I walked into their offices and we had a chat about what I was interested in and what they were looking for. The conversation ended with being told that my writing was too ‘intellectual’ and although they would read and enjoy my work they weren’t sure their demographic, young women in country X, would be. They wanted to focus more on snappy love & sex, fashion and celebrity news pieces and not only did I feel some way about the sweeping generalization that their demographic didn’t want susbstance, I was also left conflicted because I needed my foot in the door but felt like I would be doing myself a disservice, not to mention they called me after having seen my work.