A TECH ENTREPRENEUR AND MOTHER WHO LIVES IN THE HAPPY MOMENTS AND TRUSTS HERSELF AND HER ABILITY TO SUCCEED
ON PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL PIVOTAL MOMENTS:
"There have been quite a few transitions in my life which have shaped who I am today. I moved from Paris to London when I was 20 and fell in love with the city, its people and the constant creative energy that you feel everywhere. I felt I was where I was supposed to be. During my studies, I met a gorgeous Spanish boy with whom I now have two beautiful kids. Becoming a mother was certainly the most important transition in my personal life and it still is!
Professionally, the biggest step happened when I finally found the strength to leave the security of my full-time employment to start my own business. After my studies in design, I found a job in a small digital design agency. It was great, I learned a lot and the people there were really supportive.
However, after a few years, I felt that I needed to move on. One of my brothers was also living in London and had recently finished a masters at the Royal College of Art. We decided to work together. Our office was his bedroom, and we worked on really bad PC laptops. I remember one specific animation job where the computer kept crashing. We were totally broke and worried about paying rent, but it was so much fun. We had our own projects and were making all the decisions ourselves. Looking back, I’m glad we are not still working in his bedroom! Our company has grown and we have had some amazing projects and clients along the way. Working with my brother every day is still the best part of the job."
"We were totally broke and worried about paying rent, but it was so much fun. We had our own projects and were making all the decisions ourselves."
ON CHOOSING TO BE CHALLENGED AND REAPING THE BENEFITS:
"We have recently merged with another company to become "The Workers". Before that we had a studio composed of two directors, my brother and myself. Working with a sibling is the most comfortable place you can be... or at least it is for us. You've known each other literally since you were born so everything is very fluid. But if I’m being honest, it is sometimes too comfortable.
Just before the merger we realized that we were not really challenging ourselves. We have now joined-up with two hugely talented partners, Ross and Tommaso. I had to step out of my comfort zone to develop different working habits and find the best way to collaborate.
Being four people instead of two, making decisions takes getting used to but so far it has all been positive. We push and motivate each other to do our best. We have quite distinctive roles so we are never in a position of competition but always one of collaboration. When the whole team is together during a brainstorming session with all the enthusiasm and creative ideas that are being shared, I feel it was definitely worth stepping out of my comfort zone."
"I had to step out of my comfort zone to develop different working habits and find the best way to collaborate."
MONEY ON THE MIND:
"Cashflow makes me feel vulnerable. We work in a very fast-paced industry. Most of our projects need to start as soon as we hear from the client and must be delivered within short deadlines. It is quite rare to be able to budget more than 4 months ahead. I should be used to it by now, but worrying about the finances of the company still wakes me up at night."
ON ASKING FOR HELP AND PERSISTING TO PuRSUE HER GOAL:
"I once had to ask for money from my brother. Projects were being paid late, I had bills to pay and no more savings. I always took pride in being very independent, so asking for help didn’t come naturally, even when it was one of the closest people in my life. It made me question if I was cut out for being an entrepreneur. But somehow, deep down, I knew I had to keep going. We were on the right path and stress and downfalls are just part of the game."
"I always took pride in being very independent, so asking for help didn’t come naturally...It made me question if I was cut out for being an entrepreneur."
ON NAVIGATING TECH CULTURE AS A WOMAN, AND STEPPING UP:
"I work in a creative technology studio with three other partners. We create digital installations, VR experiences and online solutions for cultural and public institutions. Any industry that is a bit tech, even if a bit arty, tends to be very male dominated. Don’t get me wrong, it is not a macho environment at all! I am actually really lucky to be surrounded by amazing talented and great people to hang out with! But when I first started, maybe like quite a lot of women I know, I was taking a step back. I was shy to present my views with confidence. But, with the more experience I gain, the braver I get and the more I am taken seriously in return. It is not about being bossy or imposing my ideas, but about trusting myself and my knowledge to contribute in order to create some seriously fun and great work."
"I was shy to present my views with confidence. But, the more experience I gain, the braver I get and the more I am taken seriously in return."
ON BALANCING A CAREER, FAMILY, AND A SOCIAL LIFE:
"I am not an evening person at all! I tend to think there are more than 24 hours in a day. And guess what? There aren’t! I try to fit quite a lot in one day, work, family and a bit of social life every now and then. I come home thinking I’ll be able to do so many things but when the sun is down I usually go down with it."
ON FORGING FORWARD:
"I have learned recently to trust my instincts and carry on! On a regular basis, I hear people telling me that I should just take a regular job, less stress and responsibilities, regular income etc... I’m sure they are right on many levels! But even if it can be a struggle, it’s also so much fun and exciting to build and run your own business. I am very lucky to have a very supportive family and close friends who don’t question my decisions.
A few years back I was a complaining to my best friend that my business was not moving forward. She asked me very simple questions: How does it compare to last year or two years ago? Do you feel you have better projects and maybe you are a little better off? It was all I needed. When I looked back on my progress, even if it was sometimes slow, it made me feel so much better and more confident."
CHERISHING THE SMALL THINGS:
"I am all about little happy moments. I think if we can enjoy the little things, life is pretty amazing! Every morning, my partner brings me a cup of coffee and the kids come to our bed. We are all there snuggling together peacefully before the craziness of the day starts, and at that moment, it’s the happiest and best place to be on earth!"