Top career advice from 20 icons in design, photography, fashion & more

  • Lu Li
  • Jamil at The Dots
  • Sarah Boris
  • Priya Matadeen
  • Holly Tucker
  • Alex Bec
  • Alec Dudson
  • Tiwirayi Magwenzi
  • Chaka Sobhani
  • Fleur Emery
  • Vikki Ross
  • Paul Kemp-Robertson
Looking for career advice? A mentor? Some friendly and constructive feedback? We got you!
Excitingly 30+ incredible industry experts across publishing, photography, design, creative, fashion, music, marketing, digital, tech and more are on-hand to help answer your burning career-related questions in our Asks hub. Meet 20 of them below and discover their top tips!
So, if you have a career question that you’d love the best in the business to help with, hop this way.
Priya Matadeen
Priya is general manager at Dazed Media, the world's leading independent fashion and culture media brand covering fearless fashion, music, art, film, politics and ideas from today's bleeding edge.
Priya’s top tips:
Fashion photography locations in London
Tips on becoming a manager/mentor
The Rankin Group includes Hunger TV and The Full Service agency, creating landmark campaigns for some of the most celebrated publications, biggest brands and pioneering charities.
Rankin’s top tips:
Creative resources for inspiration
How to find agency representation as a photographer
Holly Tucker
Holly is a philanthropist, ambassador and the founder of Holly & Co – a hub and brand consultancy for small businesses and makers to gain advice and inspiration.
Holly’s top tips:
Starting a business from scratch
Writing a cover letter for the creative industry
Alex Bec
Alex is the co-founder of It's Nice That and managing director at the HudsonBec Group – championing creativity across the art and design world.
Alex’s top tips:
Tips on becoming a manager/mentor
Having an online presence when applying for a design role
Lu Li
Lu is the founder of Blooming Founders, the business social network and support community helping early-stage female entrepreneurs and diverse teams succeed.
Lu’s top tips:
Tips on changing career
Going freelance and starting a business
Alec Dudson
Alec is the founder and editor-in-chief of Intern – a platform for and by the creative youth, empowering the next generation of creatives through content, support and training.
Alec’s top tips:
How to get your first job in the creative industry
Developing and maintaining relationships with mentors
Shadowing someone in the creative industry
Abraham Asefaw
Abraham is the co-founder of The Pop Up Agency. Believing in the power of creativity, The Pop Up Agency’s purpose is to re-define the role and way we tap into creativity in business.
Abraham’s top tips:
Going freelance and starting a business
Finding and approaching a mentor
Tiwirayi Magwenzi
Tiwirayi is managing director / executive producer at – a multidisciplinary production company with a focus and interest in lifestyle, fashion, design, outdoors and creative communities.
Tiwirayi’s top tips:
How to change your career
Chaka Sobhani
Chaka is the chief creative officer at Leo Burnett – an agency united by its love of problems, and finding creative and ingenious ways of solving them for businesses and brands.
Chaka’s top tips:
How to find your first job in the creative industry
Tips on becoming a manager/mentor
Fleur Emery
Fleur is a columnist at Courier Magazine and a startup expert – helping the publication understand and communicate their purpose to create viable, sustainable products and business models.
Fleur’s top tips:
Starting a business from scratch
Networking to gain access to the creative industry
Finding a co-working space in London
Jade Tomlin
Jade is a creative director at Tribal Worldwide and founder of – an independent journal & workshop series featuring the greatest modern founders of our time.
Jade’s top tips:
How to approach a brand about working for them
Having Art Direction as a skillset
Vikki Ross
Vikki is a copy chief, having written copy for major global brands for 23 years, Vikki specialises in branding and tone of voice.
Vikki’s top tips:
How to get into the worlds of journalism and copywriting
Top creative events, workshops and networking opportunities
Paul Kemp-Robertson
Paul is the co-founder and editorial director at Contagious – a creative and strategic intelligence service that helps agencies and brands deliver more creative, innovative and effective marketing.
Paul’s top tips:
Using design to promote social good
Outside-the-box collaborations
Rebecca Rowntree
Rebecca is the creative director and founder of This Way Up – a podcast featuring interviews with leading women in the creative industry. Sharing the good, the bad and the ugly of their careers.
Rebecca’s top tips:
Keeping calm, positive and happy
Returning to work after an extended break
Richard Robinson
Richard is managing director at Xeim, Econsultancy and Oystercatchers – leading change and making good things happen for brands, agencies and talented folk.
Richard’s top tips:
How to find your first job in the creative industry
Having an online presence when applying for a design role
Roberta Lucca
Roberta is an entrepreneur, speaker and co-founder of Bossa Studios – a bold ‘super indie’ Games developer and publisher that loves the challenge of co-creating games with its fans.
Roberta’s top tips:
How to network to gain access to the creative industry
Switching from full-time to freelance
Sarah Boris
Sarah is an award-winning graphic designer, art director and founder of her eponymous design studio – working on a range of branding, editorial, web design, illustration and screenprinting projects.
Sarah’s top tips:
How to start and publish your own magazine
Making the most of living in London as a creative