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A Strange Turn of Events - First Post

As I sit here listening to loud music, cat purring next to me, and a pile of endless receipts surrounding me, I wonder is it really worth it?

SELF EMPLOYMENT.

Slogging away over the computer at plugging and promoting yourself, FOR FREE, to get a few hours of creative enjoyment, only then to come back and have all the paperwork to do for the tax man.

Answer? YES OF COURSE IT IS.

I have had a strange journey this last year. I took voluntary redundancy from a fairly well paid job in the public sector, (the public sector which has, frankly, been heavily abused by the Government over the last few years), to take uncertain steps into the world of being self employed.

Not only that, but a self employed MODEL. Perhaps one of the riskiest career choices to make, both financially, and psychologically.

Let me explain a little bit of my story. I never intended on becoming a model. I intended on getting a “good job” when leaving University. However, during my University years, I was poor, so I took on a job working in a bar. During this time, I got to know my other workmates behind the bar, and one of the other barmaids was a model. One day, she asked me if I wanted to come and do a photo-shoot with her. Being young, and all about experiencing life, I decided that I would go along.

Suffice to say, the experience of shooting instantly got me hooked!!! I was always astounded that it was me in the images!

Fast forward, by 12 years, and I am still working full time, and modelling to keep my creativity flowing, when I find out about a lot of industry upheaval. So I take the opportune “plunge” into being made redundant, in order to go full time self employed. Could I do this? Could I make a living playing dress up?

Now at the time of doing this, I was living with a partner, who was going to be paying half of everything in the house we had just moved to. This relationship ended, leaving me realising that now I had the responsibility for paying for everything out of a career that I was only just properly starting, and I had no idea if I was going to succeed in staying afloat. My whole life had been turned on it’s head in a really short space of time, compounded by a family tragedy that happened at the same time. I literally felt like I was swimming against the currents!

I am very thankful that at this time in my life, I had a close friend who kept me going, and was able to help me with all sorts of questions and crises, as she herself had been self employed for some time. I don’t know what I would have done without her! (she knows who she is!)

Fast forward again by a year. Over the course of this year, I have worked with some truly wonderful people, had two magazine front covers so far, worked with clothes designers I have admired for the better part of a decade, I have started to create my own artworks (tapping in to another long held love for painting and drawing) and most importantly, I HAVE HAD TIME. Had time to spend with my family and friends. To be able to organise my own time has been an incredible experience. I found it hard at first, prioritising and organising. But to have the ability to get up at a time that worked for me, and to work as late as I wanted to if need be (I’ve always been more of a night-owl) To have time to take care of myself. And to take care of cat-face. That’s right. I got my cat Rags this year. It’s only taken me 7 years of talking about it to finally get a cat of my own, she both keeps me sane and drives me insane, it’s GREAT.


So. Am I rich? Not in money.... not yet. But people do pay me to help them to create wonderful images. And I am rich in a happier lifestyle :)

So, if you are a photographer and would like to book me, or someone who wants a unique piece of art work for their homes, please feel free to get in touch with me.


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