Now that I am studying at The Global Academy ( blog/video will be up about that soon), I am receiving multiple talks from industry professionals about stigmas such as 'what it takes to work within the media' and 'what jobs are there for me in the media?' Over the accumulating number of talks, one talk based on the topic of 'creativity' stood out to me and I want to share what I have taken away from that session with you.
The talk was divinely executed by TheIdeasGuy (applicable links will be available below), and he opened his talk with an introduction of himself, this included his different experiences within the media industry and also served as a warning to always be professional.
He then moved onto reading us a children's storybook which he purchased from The Tate Modern (a hub of creative ideas expressed through art and displayed in galleries around London). This storybook enlightened us about the fundamental idea that anything whether it's a book or a chair, can become anything with creative thinking.
I think that as we get older, our creativity is lost due to the amount of stress, deadlines and social lives to balance. I can certainly recognise this process taking place within myself, therefore this story was extremely reassuring and reawakened the creative side in me that was pushed away during GCSE's.
We were also taught that confidence is key to 'making it' in the industry, because at the end of the day, an idea is just an idea without acting upon it, pitching it so someone, and believing in yourself...
Keeping within the topic of confidence, we partook in a series of tasks which were aimed to change our mindset on 'bad ideas' and trust in our own creative intelligence. At the end of all the tasks, we were left with a truly bizarre movie title and a rough plot to accompany it, this not only helped me practice my creative thinking on an early morning, but pitch my strange ideas to people who i have never even met. Not only did I meet new people, I developed my skills in delivering an idea to an audience, which is extremely handy.
After sharing our ideas with the group, we lastly spoke about how to truly harness creativity to create a masterpiece, I was taught that, as a human, I am programmed to create solutions to things without actually knowing the question. I was taught that by asking questions, both creatively, but also generally, I would be able to develop skills and come up with ideas I would have never thought of otherwise.
I am now adopting this new way of thinking in my media classes with the aim of completing my assignments to my fullest potential.
Thank you to TheIdeasGuy for enlightening me on what it means to be creative, I am now approaching tasks from a slightly different angle and working from a mentally creative perspective.
Links to TheIdeasGuy here:
When I was in year 8, a massive desire to get more piercings began... I constantly found myself googling the best places to get pierced, the most painful and the most stylish. Upon telling my parents, they shut the idea down completely for reasons of their own.
As the years went by I became interested in other things such as Performing Arts, Dance and ofc building my social media, however every time I saw that someone had added to their piercing collection, I would get extremely jealous.
In year 10 I began to break free of my parents reign a little and took more control over matters such as fashion, and with that came the opportunity to get more piercings...
I knew that if I was to get the piercings that I wanted, I was going to have to hide them at school because they have a strict policy over piercings, so I decided to wait til after prom.
The school year ended and about a month passed when I realised that I still hadn't gone to get the piercings I wanted, therefore, I began researching the best places near me that do tattoos and piercings.
Yet another problem arose, turns out it's not that clever to get a piercing the week before you go on holiday... this is because the water in the pool and sea will irritate your piercings and will probably infect them. So I had to wait an extra 2 weeks in order to get them.
Finally, the day came where I decided that I would go, with someone or not, and get the piercings that I wanted for such a long time. I already had my single lobes pierced and the plan was to get double piercings on both sides and a single helix on the right ear.
On the way there, I saw a stunning photo of an ear with a load of various piercings on it, and because I had the cash, I re-decided that I was going to get a double lobe on one ear, a triple lobe on the other as well as a helix.
We ( me and my mum) arrived at the tattoo place and filled out a few forms, then I got taken to the room and my piercer began marking out the places where she was to pierce.
After the location was thoroughly checked by my mum, I had my double lobes first.
The double lobes didn't hurt (that much), it was done with a gun and the process was very straight forward, the experience I imagine is similar to how a wall would feel if someone shot it with a staple gun. It took around 2 minutes to mark the position of the piercings and get the first piercings done.
Next the piercer pierced my triple lobe on my right ear, this hurt a bit more because the area was experiencing the trauma of the double piercing however it was nothing unbearable.
Lastly, my helix piercing was to be done. This was by far the most painful, and almost 5 days later, it still is. This could have been because it was done with a needle as opposed to a gun, but also because piercing the cartilage is generally more painful than the lobes. The process is slightly longer when your artist is using a needle as opposed to a gun, therefore I was able to find out which part of the process was the most painful. I found that the worst part of my helix piercing was not when she actually pierced through my ear, it was when she fed the earring through the hole, I think this is because you are basically sticking a titanium rod into a wound...
Walking home I found that my right ear ( the one with more piercings) was hot and it was throbbing, whereas the side where I only added one lobe was absolutely fine.
Sleeping comfortably has been an issue as I sleep on my side, recently I have found that I am able to sleep on my left side as the double piercing has settled down, but before, I had to sleep on my back which I actuallllyyyyyy hated :) The bar used for my helix is extra long, this is because it can accomodate for any swelling, the only time I will be able to sleep on my right side, is when I get the bar changed to a horse shoe in about 6 months :)
Cleaning the piercings is easy, as is turning them. I have found that the most suitable time of the day to clean them is in the morning after a shower and before you go to sleep. I'm taking extra care by making sure that my sheets are always clean and my hair is never tangled in the helix's long bar.
If you have any questions about my piercing experience, please be sure to leave a comment, or if you're shy of the public, DM my Instagram and we can have a private conversation. ♡
I recently spent just over a week in Abu Dhabi, before we even thought about packing our bags, I was warned to read up about the dress code as it is a predominantly muslim city and the UAE is very strict over it's Islamic beliefs and all visitors should be respectful of that.
Upon research I found no conclusion as to what was acceptable to wear abroad and what was better left at home. I only found vague tips of advice such as "always carry a shawl with you just incase you are told to cover up". Although, this was a very true and useful piece of advice... it still didn't answer my question of what was suitable and unsuitable to wear.
I found the Abu Dhabi dress code quite hard to work with from a style and fashion point of view, however a few of my ideas reigned successful.
Before I start telling you the yes' and no goes to the Abu Dhabi dress code, I will tell you that it's not as bad as it's made out to be out there... although you have to dress moderately, I got away with shoulder-less jumpsuits and showing a small amount of my midriff.
Firstly, I would be sure to pack 3-4 long maxi dresses, I know this seems excessive, but the reason for this is that, if you are going in summer, you will sweat through all of your clothes therefore having to wash them after each wear. I would also stay away from dark colours such as black or navy and gravitate to whites and cream colours, you don't need to worry about dirtying your clothes when sitting down on a bench due to the fact that the city is kept extremely clean. The reason behind wearing lighter colours is to keep you cool as the sun's rays will reflect off your clothes and not absorb into them.
Culottes and a modestly cropped top. Personally, I love this combination as it simultaneously combines modern fashion with the smart casual dress code many find in the workplace. I wore this both in the daytime and the night, I received no warning whilst I was out to cover up. Many of the staff were friendly and seemed to take no notice of my midriff or bare shoulders. When seeing major valued places such as The Grand Mosque and Louvre, I wouldn't advise wearing this, but for visiting the beach or getting lunch, Culottes are the way to go!
Jumpsuits! When visiting major places, I wore jumpsuits and maxi dresses and steered away from anything questionable. My jumpsuit was shoulder-less so I covered up with a shawl. A jumpsuit that isn't shoulder-less would be fine in itself and it is a no for playsuits.
On to swimwear... EVERYTHING IS FINE! Except for nudity and skinny dipping.
However, be sure that when travelling to the area you intend to swim in, you wear something to cover up such as a maxi dress.
Lastly, all shoes, open toed, closed toed, strappy or simple are acceptable in Abu Dhabi anywhere you go, unless the place you are visiting states otherwise.
If you want to see what I wore in Abu Dhabi, be sure to check out my Instagram as all the photos will be uploaded there... please show me your love and support by sharing this article and following my social medias. My goal is to be a young influencer and work in the media, in order to do that, I must work hard to get the following I need to make my dream a reality. So please be active in the comments and help a girl out.
Until next time...
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