From building a career as a self-taught photographer to launching a sustainable surf school – these stories prove that when you get it right, going it alone can be the best thing you ever do.
From building a career from scratch as a self-taught photographer, to ditching the city in favour of launching a sustainable surf school – these tales of independence prove that when you get it right, going it alone can be the best thing you ever do.
Crissi Vassilakis is living the dream. Between DJing around the world and putting on club nights to showcase her favourite artists, she runs her own independent label: a home for talent so forward-thinking they defy genre. This is how she does it.
After giving up six-figure salaries in the corporate world, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus decided to get back to basics. Now, as the Minimalists, they help others make space for what’s important in life.
Lola Paprocka moved to London with no idea what she wanted to do with her life. Now she’s an established photographer heading up the capital’s independent photography festival, helping fresh talent rise to the surface.
After being let go from her job, and turned away from every publication, Claire Milbrath started her own title to bring emerging artists into the light, away from the establishment’s doors.
As a young mum trying to stay afloat in London’s creative industries, Shiraz Ksaiba became an expert hustler. Then she packed up and left to chase her wanderlust dream: building a sustainable surf community.
Mary Nally started a cultural biennial on a small Irish island, giving people a chance to unplug and reignite their creative spark.