Hello, My name is Callum and I’m studying on the Media Production course at Dv8. I wanted to write my first guest blog in support of International Women’s Day. Read on to discover five inspirational women who have had amazing careers in the creative industries and have stories that we can all learn from.
Fashion designer Coco Chanel, born in 1883, in France, is famous for her timeless designs, trademark suits and little black dresses. She had a brief career as a singer before opening her first clothes shop in 1910.
Chanel was sent to an orphanage where she learned the trade of a seamstress. School vacations were spent with relatives in the capital of Moulins where Chanel learnt to sew with more flourish than the nuns at the monastery had been able to teach her. Chanel never went to college so she learned her practical skills and foundation knowledge on sewing because of the nuns that raised her. Chanel went on to be a very well known fashion designer and was the only fashion designer who featured in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
Why are we inspired?
We think Coco Chanel is inspirational because she came from an unprivileged background without a qualifications at college, worked extremely hard and her brand is now one of the most renowned fashion labels globally.
You probably know Jennifer Lawrence from her roles in the Hunger Games, but did you know she didn’t finish her education and dropped out to pursue her career in acting?
She was discovered while vacationing in New York City with her family age 14 and quickly landed a part in the TV series The Bill Engvall Show, followed by roles in films that included The Burning Plain, Winter’s Bone, and X-Men: First Class.
With her films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actress of her generation. She is also the only person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar.
Why are we inspireD?
Jennifer once said that she “never felt smart” which is why she dropped out of school and yet, she was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. This just goes to show that with passion and hard work, anything is possible. Don’t be put off by bad grades because ultimately it’s about having a positive mindset and never giving up on your ambitions.
Modelling, Film Producing, Record Producing, Singer-Song Writing, Dancer, Music Video Director (plus lots more!)
Beyoncé is one of the most well known celebrities globally. Beyoncé never dropped out of High School, but she didn’t enrol in College or University, she was working on music instead. Beyoncé first captured the public’s eye as lead vocalist of the R&B group Destiny’s Child. She later established a solo career with her debut album “Dangerously in Love”, becoming one of music’s top-selling artists with sold-out tours and a slew of awards.
Beyoncé also has a clothing brand named “Ivy Park” which is an activewear clothing line co-founded by herself and London based fashion retailer Topshop.
WHY ARE WE INSPIRED?
We’re inspired by Beyoncé because she empowers women to be successful and fulfil life long career ambitions. She’s multitalented and a business woman. Did you know her song ‘Flawless’ quotes words by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from a speech called “we should all be feminists”.
Game Developer, Film Producer and Business Executive.
Bonnie has worked on some of the biggest games in history including Gears of War, Mass Effect and Halo. She started off her career obtaining a computer science degree and coaching middle-school girls basketball. When Microsoft entered the market of publishing PC sports games in the early ’90s, Bonnie jumped at the chance to do something different.
Bonnie became a Producer on Microsoft’s NBA Full Court Press before working on even bigger titles mentioned earlier. In 2007, Bungie purchased its independence from Microsoft, leaving the publisher holding the Halo franchise.
Ross was listed in Fortune magazine’s 2014 article “10 powerful women in video games”, which noted that she was “responsible for defining the vision and leading the Halo franchise, which has sold more than 60 million copies worldwide” and had “helped grow the Halo franchise beyond gaming” with books, video series and TV series.
WHY ARE WE INSPIRED?
We are inspired by Bonnie Ross because she combined two things she had a passion for (Basketball & Computer Science) and used those skills and experience to propel herself into the games industry career. Plus, the game industry can be seen as a male dominated environment and she has rocketed through it!
Anna Moulson has been working in the live events and music promotions industry in Brighton and beyond for over 15 years.
Anna is the Founder of Melting Vinyl in Brighton, one of the largest music promotions companies in the South East, working with a stylistically diverse range of local, national and international artists. She’s toured Europe as a Tour Manager, and is passionate about the development and promotion of both new local talent and established artists.
WHY are we inspired ?
We’re inspired by Anna’s determination to turn her passion into a career. When Anna first relocated to Brighton and set up an events company it was only as a hobby, so to go from that to now being one of the most successful and established event promoters in the area is something to marvel at. Anna’s story teaches us to seek out opportunities and not just wait for them to present themselves to you.