These are a few interview style questions that we put to Sophie about her battle with work life balance as she slogs it about in the city as a head fundraiser for a charity and marketing luxury Tipis!
Start-up projects and entrepreneurship are a big talking point right now with a move away from faceless corporate jobs towards the dream of ‘making your stamp on your industry’. But what is it really like for a young adult trying to make their way in an ever-condensing market of brands and influencers? Read Sophie’s answers to find out.
What is your role now and what are the main responsibilities for you?
My 9-5 is working in Sales & Marketing at luxury Tipi provider. Outside of that I run my own air B & B with my lovely mum, and am head fundraiser of events for the fantastic charity ‘The Daisy Appeal’. I like to keep my fingers in many pies because being a Yorkshire girl, I also like pie.
How long have you been doing this for and what did you do before?
Two fun years I have been doing my own thing, after I came back from being a hippy travelling the world. I’ve tried out many aspects in the events industry, starting out in a high end production company, managing hospitality at a racecourse and being extras in films and music videos.
Can you think of any key challenges you had to overcome and how did you battle them to get to where you are?
A challenge i have faced is changing others mindset, I have been told it will confuse people if I do too many things which was demotivating.
Similarly – being judged very quickly on looks has been a hurdle. In the industry it’s certainly important to present yourself well, but I started when quite young which ment no matter the power suit I wore, when at meetings, proving my baby face wasn’t a representation of the knowledge in my brain was a battle.
Honestly I don’t know if I have overcome these, apart from the obvious of growing up! Having strong mentors helped in the start of my career, and in the words of our good friend Chumbawamba, ‘I get knocked down, i get back up again’.
What is the dream, or where would you like to see yourself in five or ten years?
To be creating new experiences or concepts every day, surrounded with people who will help my business become a better version than if at it alone, and being the same to those beautiful souls. (And it goes without saying to have half days on Friday…to make use of the champagne vending machine of course!)
How do you find balancing lifestyle and downtime with your job?
This is a funny one, as I feel we live in the mindset that slogging away and working every hour we can is the way to earn respect and gain success. Especially us strong independent women that wanna (in the words of jack black) ‘stick it to the man’.
I definitely did this when working in the big smoke, but now realise it’s also my life outside of work that makes me good at what I do, meeting people is where I source my energy, soaking up others interesting stories and knowledge, or having a giggle going to a comedy / poetry evening. Constantly schmoozing people at networking events means I like to have a bank of anecdotes to call upon if need be!
I also need to exercise a few times a week, both these things are either moments to drift away from the ‘work brain’ or delve into ideas more with your own subconscious or influential people.
It is an art to be able to switch off fully, but maybe something you are proud of, a constant buzz of ideas and possibilitys is what drives me, but to realise the importance of relaxing is a new concept. I may loose some readers now but I blend my own essential oils for aromatherapy purposes, and associate these with different moods – peppermint and jasmine for concentration & optimism (it’s a brainstorming time) Lavender & Bergamot for snooze city! I’m not saying being part hippy is the way to go, it’s about finding your outlet, and preferred glass of wine 😉
If you could give one piece of advice to a young spark looking to start their business, what would that be?
It is a risk to do it, but a bigger risk to only dream it.
What has been your favourite event you have attended this month? If not month, this year?
The Hull Business Awards was a fantastic event to be a part of, I enjoyed primarily being a guest (aka eating the Yorkshire puddings), as am so used to hosting! I represented the Daisy Appeal and enjoyed listening to talks from inspirational organisers such as the witty Martin Green. Hull is 2017s City Of Culture And it was great to get a sneak peak into what experiential events are taking place.
And finally, what do you think is the best part about being an upcoming, self-employed business owner right now?
The feeling of possibilitys, and pride that what I do, can potentially make a difference. Tbc on what that difference is…!
Thank you so much for talking to us and telling us about your experiences! We can’t believe how much you get up to and we’re now starving for Yorkshire puddings and pies….
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