How to run your creative business after Covid 19 with Chris Chinnock

Chris Chinnock specialises in Social enterprise, he goes across the U.K supporting and advising new businesses, community startups and organisations.

Chris has worked for over 20 years both for the public sector and the last few years presenting strategies and support with his own success business.

So initially – literally a couple of weeks before Covid 19 I wanted Chris on because he’s multi passionate!

Chris thrives in this game, and you can tell it’s his passion, he’s a wealth of knowledge and inspiration however, like many creatives he also has another passion which is his photography business.

So I wanted him initially to speak about that and what that can mean as a multi passionate.

But of course then all of this Covid hit and credit to how much of a pro Chris is, he intimately connected me and said creatives will want advice on long term strategies with diversifying business offers going forward for the next 18 months which is brilliant! And of course so needed for us all.

Chris’s Takeaways

1.Treat covid 19 as a permanent change for your business

2.There are so many positives for our communities going forward.

3.Diversify your business offers.

4.Building trust, building relationships, building connections is key. 

5. If you’re genuine people acknowledge that.

6.Use your creativity to see ways to diversify.

7.Inspiration doesn’t just stick, you have to create it!

8.Be intentional!

9.Look at this as a business owner and think what could be more meaningful with how I show up for my audience for a permanent business.

10.There will be times when it’s just not fun!

11.Treat it as work, show up on every level, or hire people to do it.

12.What would be meaningfully long term with your offer, and make that permanent.

You can find Chris across socials at 

Chris Chinnock photography and check out his stunning work at


How to stop checking your likes: shake off the need for approval and live an incredible life with Susie Moore

What does confidence really look like? How do we change the beliefs we were told growing up?

Susie Moore chats this week about how to be ok with not being liked by everyone. And that people just aren’t even thinking about you as much as you think they are.

Susie was earning half a million dollars a year for Silicon Valley at just age 30! hello? Susie is queen of media she’s an author, her first book ‘what if it doesn’t work out’ was named by Entrepreneur as one of the 8 must reads to dominate your industry! She’s now a columnist, and life coach. Susie has been featured on the Today Show, published by Oprah, Business Insider, Forbes, The Huffington post, Marie Claire and she’s a resident life columnist for Greatest. Susie’s work has been shared by Ariana Huffinton, Paulo Coelho, Kris Jenner!

Oh and if you think ‘oh it’s ok for her, this beautiful young lady in Miami, then think again, Susie’s childhood growing up in the UK was filled With family addiction, growing up as a little girl living in women’s refuges and on social government funding from school to school with vouchers from church’s. Susie created her life literally from the ground up! I think it’s safe to say She knows what she’s talking about with a mindset and living in the best Truest  part of yourself. Susie is a true hustler! 

Susie’s Takeaways

1.Don’t keep on to Shame and your hiding truth. Hiding your truth is a disservice to others.

2.We hold on to Inner beliefs because one person told us it’s that way? Investigate them!

3. Reality is just one interpretation.

4.The best thing we can do is be the example and to forget other people’s opinions .

5.It’s important to create and live in your bubble.

6.Manage your focus.

7.You can’t spot something that’s not within you.

8.A confident person is willing to experience bad things and do it anyway.

9.Whatever we need to adapt to, we get used too quickly, of course then we reach further, watch out it’s not more and more with reminding yourself of your core values.

10.Find appreciation, every single day! 

11.Imposter syndrome is a sign of growth. Always seek to level up and to be a little uncomfortable.

12.Keep doing the work on yourself daily!

13.You’re in charge of your mindset.

You can find Susie’s Moore’s books on amazon, indie bound and Barnes& Nobel

And Check her fantastic courses and work out at

How to break the fashion world with photographer Ruth Rose

Ruth Rose is a successful fashion photographer and content creator based in London. Ruth’s worked with celebrities and brands such as Jodi Kidd, Pixie Lott, Sarah Harding, Brian McFadden, Gemma Cairney, band Madness, lots of ‘Made in Chelsea’s’ celebs, Love Island, Spencer Mathews.

Ruth’s worked with many beauty brands, amazing swimwear ones such as Lime Blond, she’s worked with Rayban, Accessorize, Oakley, Martini, George, Fisher-price, Ok magazine and Cosmopolitan, the list goes on.

Ruth is so generous, she tells us her favourite lenses, tips on how to be on big shoots.

And of course she shares her thoughts on content creation and social media.

Ruth’s takeaways

1.Don’t over think what could go wrong.

2.Internships are so so valuable.

3.At first take up all opportunities.

4.You don’t have to have a huge loud personality, in fact models relax and warm if you are gentler and more considered. It can feel for the model more of two way project then.

5.Use Mood Boards for each shoot.

6.Try to do light tests alone at the shoot.

7. Keep on with your personal projects.

8. Give yourself pep talks and try to talk and sound out and have regular Brain Dumps with other creatives.

9. Look after your fitness for later life. Yoga- body strength workouts are great.

10. Keeping a routine through this new normal, it really does help.

You can find Ruth’s stunning work –



What’s truly important? With illustrator Ian Dutton of (Hello Munki)

With over 20 years experience in the industry, Ian Dutton of Hello Munki has been both an in house graphic designer, design manager, freelancer, children’s book illustrator and now has his own successful greeting card brand Hello Munki.

Ian talks honestly about the juggling act running a greeting card brand, freelancing plus spinning the plates with being a hands on parent.

Ian’s designs have sold in Next, Mammas and Papas,M&S, Sainsbury’s, Boots, CBeebies, Early Learning, Moon pig, Card factory, Tigerprint, Asda, Morrison’s, Tesco’s and more besides!

Ian’s Takeaways –

1.Try a new creative process for designing characters, step away from the computer to see how your characters change!

2.Push yourself to promote yourself to studios and contacts.

3.Remember the Freelance fear and try to push past it.

4.Don’t take quiet spells personally, try another contact. 

5. Join a local or online network group. 

6.It doesn’t matter where you live these days for your creative career.

7. If you don’t feel creative don’t force it, do something else.

8. You should always still get excited when you see your designs on products, if you don’t then maybe it’s time to change? 

9.Make friends and get to know linked in!!

You can find more of Ian’s work at –



How to face uncertainty and move with fear. Looking at ‘Circle of influence and concern’ theory with Katie Abey

Katie Abey is an illustrator, she has a successful empire, spreading shear joy for others ‘creating positive things for other proud weirdos’ 

Using her adorable fun characters and empowering messages through her books, fashion such as cute fun skirts, T’s, Pins, funny cards, and mugs, she has a cup of kindness mug which is just literally happiness in a cup

I say empire because not only has Katie and her gorgeous husband Jeff got a successful online store, they have a brick and mortar shop too, running a team of people plus Katie illustrate books, all the while being true to herself and sharing her vulnerability, and growth through her business and products.

I asked Katie to chat about how important mindset is as a Creative and I asked her to talk about the Circle of influence and concern theory which is a habit we can all do and keep to each week to feel more in control.

Katie’s Take aways-

1.Don’t be afraid to try lots of things with your business and see what works.

2.Different income streams helps relieve stress around money.

3.You can be confident and introverted!

4.Watch how busy you are and if it’s a regular unhealthy pattern to afford feeling things.

5.Work out and only concentrate on what you do have control over.

6.Protect your energy!

7.You can learn how to Use your bad day to help others through your art. This action can help you no end.

8.Learn and try to change your perception of a situation.

9.Talking about mental health makes it a friend rather than a beast and you will feel empowered. Bring it out into the light!

10.Showing your vulnerability helps others.

11.Shine your own weird light!

12.We are a work in progress, we are never finished!

You can find all of Katie’s gorgeous products on Etsy

They also offer a gorgeous box of happiness with lots of her products packed inside and sent out to your loved one or of course if you’re like me you’ll have ordered one for yourself too!

Books –

7 Habits of highly effective people with Stephen R Covey

Alan watts – become what You are

Podcast -Oprah Winfrey – Supersouls Sunday’s

How to make it as a designer aged 18 without a degree with Karl Bradshaw

Karl Bradshaw was just 18 when he was brave enough to approach a huge international design studio, which landed him his first full time design job!

He’s since designed for Uk Greetings Disney Team, Clinton’s, Sainsbury’s and now Card Factory.

Karl’s also had designs sold in Primark, Toys R Us and a full license gifting and stationary range in Saudi Arabia!

Karl designed the first famous LGBT cards on the U.K high Street for Card factory which is year on year praised across the media by customers (err of course!)   

Karl goes deep and shares with us what it was like ‘coming out’ to his parents and in his work place, stepping into his true authentic self and what that meant for his creative journey too.

There’s also something else Karl’s been involved in I want to mention, he’s designed for Card factory the world’s largest thank you card for the NHS!


Karls book recommendation – The daily Stoic







How to become a successful children’s book illustrator with Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward (GingerBred)shares her valuable experience of how to pivot into a new design market, the world of Children’s Books.

Sarah’s been a successful illustrator for over 15 years, but even with an impressive portfolio of designs published for Hallmark, Ukgreetings, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Clinton’s, Pigment, Partisan Products & Philips AVENT to name a few, Sarah still felt nervous approaching a new industry. Sarah shares with us the steps she took to become a successful children’s book illustrator.

Sarah’s Takeaways:

1.If you’re giving up your day job or trying pivot, take a part time job or job that’s not too taxing so you can transition as smoothly as possible.

2. Say yes to work that isn’t quite what you’re after as you just don’t know what else is on offer there.

3 Try to have a creative support network, this can be virtual or a meet up. It’s important to be with like minded people.

4. Having different styles is good! Don’t be told otherwise!

5.If there’s a part of your business you’re struggling with, it’s ok to outsource!

6. If you’re pitching to a new industry, send a variety of styles tailored to this market.

7. Do your research with book agencies to see if your style would fit.

8. Self doubt is normal!

9. Keep your brain free for your bigger creative goal!


How to change your life to one that’s more aligned in mind, body & spirit with Kim Flodin

Kim is a healer, Reiki but also a colouring book healing coach.

Kim has been through so much in her years, she had asthma since a toddler, having 3 inhalers a day. She also had a huge 5 hour operation for endometriosis finding a huge tumour, a few years later aged 40, Kim had an extreme case of bacterial phenomena, she was hospitalised and off work for months.

This was all nearly 20 years ago and she hasn’t had a single pill inhaler or any medication since!

Kim’s drastically changed her fast lane high powered life to one that’s calm and centred and free from medication for extreme life long asthma & allergies! Kim has aligned her health in body, mind and spirit and she started that through art with her own healing journey and created a colouring book business when it all was so new!

She now amongst reiki healing, teaches how to fall in love with yourself and a big one, how to say no!

Kim just took the next step at the time when she had no idea if it was right, trusting the process, she had literally nothing at one point, in a new state no where near family, she had to start over with no idea what to do!  Kim just knew colouring was helping her for that moment, that minute that day, not thinking too big, just what felt good at that time. Listening to her inner thoughts, intuition, and her gut, what felt good and nourishing!

Kim’s Takeaways

1.Seeking counselling or any professional help is another form of being healthy and growing

2.Listen to your inner body it, your gut doesn’t lie. 

3.Colouring books are great for healing you don’t you don’t have to overthink it! It’s just for you!

4.You just need to know the next step

5.Fall in love with yourself, your body and health will thank you for it! 

6. Learn to say no if it’s not serving you, you’re not going to help others if your cup isn’t filled up.

7. You can’t think a negative of someone that’s not already in yourself!

8. Shift negative thoughts to compassion

9. Stories and laughter always get you through.

10. Breath work is the daily work!

Kim Flodin

Wim Hoff

Micheal Pollan

Gary Renard

Byron Katie

Creating an emotive reaction and true connection with your message with Artist Dave Buonaguidi

Artist, advertising maverick and author Dave Buonaguidi shares his valuable wisdom with us this week. Dave has been a true shaker in the advertising world for over 30 years. Dave was the founder of Karmarama & St lukes co-operative creative advertising agencies which was way ahead of its time,  it was named ‘the most dangerous company on earth!’ by the Harvard business review!  They worked with Ikea, boots, body shops Anita Roddick to name just a few.

They created the famous ‘MAKE TEA NOT WAR!’ poster for the Stop the War Coalition, which is now in the V&A.

Dave then went on to be creative director for Channel 4 for a time before truly diving into his creative calling as an artist! Dave is the king of messaging and creating connection through his art.

Dave’s has gone against the grain challenging the status quo, and creating noise his whole career, Dave is definitely not beige and this is why we all love him!

Dave shares how to get your message out there and create connection through building your universe and market. He also believes by keeping your values and shinning your true light, the rest will come!

Dave takeaways

1.We all really need to feel seen and have connection

2.Build your universe and your market

3.Keep getting back up!!

4.Be authentic and guided by your inner morals

5. Create an emotive reaction to get your message out there with connection

6. If you keep going and shining your light bright, people will come back

7. There are more people who will give up and pull the plug than keep going.

8. Keep to your values!

9.Creativity is the cure

10. Your pain is your message

You can find Dave’s work and the galleries he’s at

And Buy his book! Blah blah blah I couldn’t put it down!! Buy on Amazon and

He’s also done a Ted talk ‘be the driver not the passenger’

How build up your client lists and design for huge brands and with Zoe Wodarz

Zoe is an incredible established designer with 20 years experience in surface design, trend research, illustration and product line development.

We talk honestly about staying ahead and how to get in front of and keep big clients. And the white elephant in all creatives room, money and fees!

Zoe’s Takeaways – 

1.Portfolios are never completed, just keep them pruned and representing where you are currently

2.Get copyright knowledge

3.its so important to always Think like a business

4.Take a creative class to mix up your digital art

5. You need to experience what you’re creating, so try and go outside (of course that’s now online!) and try to connect with others

6. Work with a variety of companies

7. Contact cool companies you want to work with

8. Trend shop!

9. Do not coast!

10. Only put out designs what you want more of.

Copyright info –

Zoe’s book and resource List:

I still love Illustrator and Photoshop WOW book series very good for visual learners.

Classes – Skillshare and don’t forget your Adobe classes! I also keep a tips and tricks from other designers personal journal.

Resources for trend – WGSN and Trend Bible 

Mind Your Business by my talented friend Ilana Griffo

Art Money Success by Maria Brophy

Podcasts – Creative Pep Talk,  The honest designers show

Personal Favourites – some classics to escape the day

A recommendation from the late, great and missed Anthony Bourdain called – Flash in the Pan, and of course all his books!

Comics – Bloom County, Liberty Meadows and Frumpy the Clown!

Travel books are my favourite escape from the day!

Hotel Pastis by Peter Mayle  

Megan Abbott, Elizabeth Peters, Katherine Neville and Kerry Greenwood novels – love a kick ass lady detective mystery + treasure hunt!

Zoe’s books a few favourites

Just a shout-out to Zoe’s  writer friends

Rebecca Makkai – The Great Believers, Music for Wartime: Stories, The Hundred Year House, The Borrowers

Mindy Mejia – Every Thing You Want Me to Be, Leave No Trace, and her new book just dropped this week Strike Me Down

Andy Greenwald -Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo and Miss Misery

TV – writer and executive producer – Briarpatch