As a firm advocate for social justice and mutual care, through conscious work in community organisations and the non-profit sector, I want to broaden the possibilities for marginalised groups in Britain and further afield. With a practice spanning across editorial, visual arts, cultural programming and community building, the main goal driving my work is the desire to nurture diverse communities and create safe spaces, with a view to encouraging grassroots participatory action and the collective imagination of new futures and alternate realities. In this vein, I am actively looking for a position in community arts and development, cultural programming, or curation to help facilitate the movement for an equitable social and arts ecology that works for all.Locked Pro Plan feature
- Pitching and writing articles for online - Helping to curate online content and shape programming - Conducting market research on artists/creatives and contacting them for features - Assisting on the social media strategy
As a photographer, I have art directed, produced and shot: - Record label campaigns - Editorials - Headshots - BTS footage - Press shots I am open to taking on other visual projects encompassing alternative mediums, such as film and zine making too. I also write about arts, culture, race and diversity - particularly where they intersect. The link to my online portfolio for a complete archive of my commissions, collaborations and personal projects is www.lindasou.co.uk
- Pitched and wrote articles for the online site and print issue Notion 87 - Wrote the cover piece for the annual Notion 87 Festival Guide - Assisted on photoshoots - Collaborated on the set design for the Notion 87 Kano cover shoot - Aided with production requirements - Creative direction
- Wrote numerous articles and engaging creative copy - Brainstormed and presented ideas for commercial campaigns geared towards both English and Chinese-speaking audiences - Spearheaded the social media strategy for Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn - Conducted in-depth brand and visual research - Aided with model casting - Shot headshots and BTS content for campaigns - Proofread and edited the case studies and text on the English website
- Wrote articles for the online site and the SLEEK 59 press release - Liaised with brands and PRs to coordinate attendance and manage editor's schedules to the New York, London, Paris and Milan SS19 fashion weeks - Managed and curated the Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as assisting on the Instagram strategy when needed, growing the SLEEK online presence and digital footprint - my highest reach being 96,700 for a single post - Assisted the SLEEK team with administrative duties, such as: maintaining artist and contact databases in Excel; updating and formatting the WordPress site; compiling weekly data reports for engagement on our socials; editing newsletters; transcribing interviews; answering enquiries; coordinating couriers; sending out magazines and samples; and other production requirements.
At this intimate studio, I assisted on shoots and fully participated in the photographic creative process, moving from idea to realisation. I vastly improved my photo editing skills throughout the placement, receiving one-to-one tuition and guidance from the lead photographer in charge of the studio.
I presented, produced and promoted three radio shows over the course of four years for Rare FM. I co-presented two radio shows entitled The Music Hour and The Lady Garden: the former focusing on upcoming musical talent, the latter dedicated to spotlighting womxn within the music industry. My most recent solo-show, La Discothèque, was a sweet ode to global funk, disco and dance music, spanning across Japanese electronica, Sudanese Jazz, Chinese techno, left-field Ghanaian disco and much more.
During this online course, facilitated by Future Learn, we explored the purpose of museums and arts spaces in today's world, what can be gained from interacting with these spaces, and how to utilise new technologies to widen the scope of engagement from different demographic groups. Throughout the programme, there was a consistent focus on accessibility and inclusivity, as we brainstormed ways in which museums could better use their spaces to create welcoming learning experiences for all visitors - especially those from marginalised groups.
In this online course, facilitated through Future Learn, we learnt about the importance of developing organisational resilience through effective leadership and management, and how to diversify income streams by becoming more entrepreneurial. We evaluated the opportunities and challenges of raising funds in the arts and cultural sector by exploring examples and strategies from arts management and cultural policy, as well as critically investigating key ideas and models of arts fundraising, cultural leadership, organisational development and change management.
This was an introductory course to Cultural Studies with a specific focus on the different ways to think about ethics and what it means to change the life you lead in a rapidly changing world. The course focused on action from various social and philosophical perspectives, studying philosophers and social theorists that have articulated the need for change from a variety of social positions, ranging from latinx and indigenous philosophies on change and world making, to Black feminism and the European philosophical tradition.
This was an introductory course which covered some of the important theoretical and methodological frameworks of social and cultural anthropology, as well as the political and ideological implications of the kinds of theories and knowledge that anthropologists produce, with a distinct focus on race and diversity.
This was a training programme for young creatives from ethnic minority backgrounds, hosted by online and print platform, Yellowzine, in collaboration with award-winning creative agency, The Brooklyn Brothers. The programme covered the key skills needed to thrive within the creative and advertising industries, including unpacking a brief, finding insights, copywriting, strategy, design, visual expression and production. We were mentored by industry insiders from all kinds of fields, ranging from record labels, editorial and production, to creative agency work, fashion design and illustration. Throughout the programme, we had to work on a 'manifesto' - a piece of work which embodied and demonstrated our creative voice. I directed a short film which revolves around a poem I wrote, translated into Cantonese. It is a visual and audial manifestation of my musings about my experience as a second-generation immigrant in the diaspora and my, at times strained, relationship with my Chinese heritage. This piece exhibited in November 2019 at the Night School graduation show hosted by NikeLab 1948.
I took this short course with the hope that it would introduce me to the extensive number of pathways within the fashion industry. I experimented with a wide variety of practices including advertising, editorial styling and fashion illustration. However, over the course of the program, I found that my strengths lay in journalism, photography, styling, and fashion publication.
First Class Honours (1:1) Dissertation titles: 1) The Problem of Physics and Free Will in 5th Century Atomism and Epicureanism 2) Does the Problem of Evil Pose a Significant Threat to the Coherence of Stoic Theology?