Bola was born in Senegal, and grew up between Nigeria and the UK, before settling in London. He started out his career in IT programme management in industries such as oil and gas, travel and advertising. However, it was his creative flair and entrepreneurial spirit that led him to leave it behind (although not entirely), to start up his hugely successful beachwear brand, Okun. Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Episode 4: Bola Marquis”
Episode 2 of Freedom Hunters is out! In this episode, I speak with one of the coolest people I know, Chloe Roberts.
Chloe is a music industry executive at First Access Entertainment, a company at the leading edge of music management and publishing, TV, film and tech development amongst other things. Her company has been behind the careers of huge names such as Jessie J, Zayn, Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora.
Not only is Chloe leading the way for women in music, she is also an inventor. A few years ago, whilst on maternity leave, Chloe developed and ultimately launched the hugely successful baby product, Lapbaby.
I talk to Chloe about how she got into the music industry, Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Episode 2: Chloe Roberts”
Freedom Hunters Podcast has launched on iTunes, Spotify, Acast, Google Podcasts and Stitcher! It’s my podcast where I talk to inspiring people who have escaped the rat race to create their dream career, or who have pursued a passion in their work. Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Podcast Episode 1: Suzanne Delahunty”
Nearly one year ago, I left my full-time legal career to transition into life as a travel writer and editor and fashion blogger and stylist. What I’ve learned in that time about work, life and style could fill a book. The flexibility that comes with a freelancing mutli-hyphen career. The freedom from office politics. The new perspective on life. And, most of all, the increased room to play with my style choices. Continue reading “My Multi-Hyphen Style”
On my recent trip to Helsinki I met with two inspiring Finnish fashion designers and found that Finland is teaming with innovative, creative and leading edge design in fashion. Continue reading “Finnish Fashion: Interview with Designers Minna Paussu and Anna Markiz”
Six months ago, I left full-time employment as a lawyer to embark on a career change that I should have started years ago. I’m now in that transitional period of working part-time as a lawyer and every-other-waking-minute as a writer and blogger.
Since starting this career change, I’m fascinated by the whole process. I’ve spoken to a lot of people who are contemplating a career change, or who have already taken their careers in totally new directions. What is clear from all these conversations – the what-ifs and the I-wish-I’d-done-it-years-ago’s – is that the decision to change one’s career isn’t one that’s made over night. It’s a process that can take months or even years.
Three very fascinating people I have spoken to about their own career changes are: Jennie Hogg, a former insurance lawyer, now founder of Lois Avery Italian made cashmere scarves. Katharine Paterson, a spa therapist who branched out and started her own beauty business, KMP Skin. And Bola Marquis, an IT programme manager who founded Okun an African-inspired beachwear fashion label.
Between the four of us, it seems there are definite stages that were common to each of our decisions to change career. And those stages lead us all to that point of making a (well-researched and informed) leap of faith…