Nice work, if you can get it

Nice work, if you can get it


I’m a firm believer in doing what you love for a living, then, as the saying goes, you never have to work a day in your life! If your acting, painting or singing star fails to shine, don’t worry. You can still work in a fulfilling environment, by working in a field with your desired professionals and some of their passion, enthusiasm  may encourage you to pursue your dreams in a different way. Either way, a working environment where passion prevails will add lustre to your life.

As a communications professional, I have worked in a number of industries and have an natural affinity to the arts, theatre, environmental, educational or charitable sectors. I was fortunate enough to enjoy a birthday treat (thank you darling🙂 to a National Trust property  – Polesden Lacey – preceded by wonderful walks around Hurtswood and other pretty villages in the Surrey Hills.

Here are a few shots of the stunning walks and surroundings:

I was impressed by the volunteers who worked at Polesden Lacey and the knowledge  they had amassed. I mused on how wonderful it would be to promote the beauty of the English countryside and its many natural and historical treasures!

If you’re reading this and you work in that field, it would be great to hear from you. And if you don’t work in that field, please share this post anyway as there is so much natural and historical beauty in the world, it’s important to have volunteers and professionals who remind us to take care of our planet and value our surroundings as they are constantly changing in a myriad of ways. If we’re not careful, we won’t even notice what we’ve missed.

Are you able to combine your passions with your career?  Would you like me to promote something that you are passionate about to enable you to do work that you love? If so, get in touch: hello@everywordcopywriting.co.uk

Suzy Rigg

 

 

 

 

A Tale of Two Jamaicas

A Tale of Two Jamaicas


I’ve been writing and researching a lot this week. I like to listen to music while I’m working. Having finished an article in Time Out about a young London DJ, who said she likes to end her gigs with a bit of bashment, especially Vybz Kartel, I checked out some of his vast collection of tunes of You Tube. I particularly enjoyed the rhythm (riddim) and dark humour of this short film – Peanut Shell:

I read that Jamaincan Vybz Kartel is from Portmore, a large coastal city in the southern Jamaican parish of  Saint Catherine. It wasn’t long before I was lost in YouTube land reading about Vybz’ music, his life and his subsequent imprisonment. I’d been down the rabbit hole for too long and needed to get back to work.

A couple of nights later, I flicked around looking for something interesting to watch on television and decided to watch Imagine.

The documentary, with Alan Yentob, charted the progress of Jamaican author Marlon James, his early life at school including an interview with his class teacher, his publishing ‘failures’ with 78 rejections behind him, leading up to his accolade of winning the Man Booker prize in 2015, for his chilling novel, Continue reading “A Tale of Two Jamaicas”

Fast and furious wheels in Bournemouth


Today, I let reign my inner petrol head at the wonderfully organised Wheelsfest at Bournemouth Beach. A rich mix of motor cross, Supercar gazing and racing, quad biking, and motorcycle racing, there was something for anyone with a need for speed.

The highlight for me was watching Lorina McLaughlin race the ex-Michael Schumacher Benetton  – it was fast, noisy and relentlessly exciting. The compare added humour and detailed information about the drivers and their vehicles.

As a free event, it was fantastic and a great showcase for Bournemouth, a town that I’ve been visiting for many years. If you have even a small amount of interest in cars, I say go, go GO!!

 

Suzy Rigg

Aidan Phelan: passion + education = success


What I love most about my job is that I get to meet interesting and inspirational people. Aidan Phelan is one of those. During a marketing contract at Carshalton College, South London, I got the chance to meet and interview him, even throwing in a few cheeky questions about David Beckham.

I enjoyed the interview a lot and felt that Aidan is a true ambassador for the British hairdressing industry. If you are lucky enough to be under his tutelage at Carshalton, listen very carefully to everyword he says – this guy could very well be the making of your career!

Enjoy🙂

Suzy Rigg

http://www.everywordcopywriting.co.uk

Vanley Burke: Photographer, Curator, Collector


My visit to Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery surpassed all of my expectations. At Home with Vanley Burke, is a free exhibition. I wasn’t sure what to expect  – I was met with was an explosion of detail, memorabilia, black history and a sharp analysis of British contemporary culture through the eyes of a Jamaican immigrant.

The collection, which started off as a personal collection and grew exponentially with gift donated from members of the local Birmingham community, almost pushing Vanley out of his flat, where the entire collection was housed.

The space in the gallery feels sparse and the items are laid out carefully, reflecting room-by-room Vanley’s home, whilst simultaneously representing the homes of many black families in Birmingham and beyond. At first glance your eyes take in the colourful wall-hangings, the fold up sofa, the African carvings, but when you slow down to really look, you see a child’s desk, images of the funeral of a young man, a jacket weighed down with nails.

Vanley's youth on a see-saw
Vanley’s photo of youth in 1970’s Birmingham – he saw lives already in the balance on the see-saw.

Out of the blue, Vanley appeared in the exhibition to the delight of visitors and we followed him around, pied-piper like, around the gallery as he talked animatedly about each piece, his ideas and the composition. As with any exhibition or book, meeting the curator, author or artist enriches your experience of their work a hundred times over.

Vanley Burke at Ikon Gallery
Suzy meets Vanley Burke at Ikon Gallery

Vanley’s early photographs of young Jamaican youth, capturing their bemused expressions as they were getting accustomed to life in the UK, is what Vanley is best known for. But Vanley’s talents extend to painting, and storytelling. Storytelling Vanley style is about detail – moments, and collecting fragments of past lives that help us to understand the now and maybe even the future.

If you’re considering visiting the exhibition, stop considering it  – just go!

Suzy Rigg

Writing the right words for you

 

 

 

 

Chiswick Business charms Chelsea crowd


Only Honeymoons, a Chiswick based travel company, stole the hearts of Chelsea Brides-to-Be at Chelsea’s Enchanted Wedding Fair recently.

The bespoke, luxury honeymoon specialist offered discerning Chelsea brides and grooms-to-be the chance to win a five-star honeymoon in Barbados.

The glamourous prize certainly caught the attention of the prestigious Chelsea crowd.

Newly launched Only Honeymoons founder Sara Malin said:

Sara Malin, Founder Only Honeymoons
Sara Malin,
Founder Only Honeymoons

Continue reading “Chiswick Business charms Chelsea crowd”

Business cards & Ice cream codes


There’s quite a lot of code below and I’m not 100% sure how to make this look pretty so I thought I would embellish this post with pretty words and vintage wallpaper!

If you click on the link below, you will see my business card design, ordered and on its way to me in time for some hard-core networking. I will be attending Richmond EXPO, the big deal for South West London business owners, and as the summer rolls on, sweeping my way through various breakfast meetings, dinner clubs, and other events and conferences.

Go on, have a little click!

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I’m sure you’d rather look at vintage wallpaper than a line of code!

Setting up a business, is like creating a never ending painting. The design and creative elements – coming up with a name, brand design, key messages etc. can be exciting and intellectually challenging. There is a learning curve to climb, even if you are a seasoned entrepreneur. No two businesses are the same to set up. Changing environmental factors can impact your business in unforeseen ways, new opportunities need to be seized even if you are not 100% ready operationally.

But whilst you are wallowing in the enjoyable mud of new ideas and creativity, there are essentials you need to take care of: Website hosting. Business stationery. Accounts and taxation. Business cards. NEVER, underestimate the power of that small but powerfully effective marketing tool.

Given out with a smile, a handshake and plenty of hope, business cards are a business marketing tool that endures.

If you see me at an event with one, please take one graciously, and give me a call.

Suzy Rigg

I give you words like I give you gold

http://www.everywordcopywriting.co.uk

Goals, dreams & creating change


I made this video a couple of years ago, a lot has changed in my life since I recorded myself (and I don’t just mean my hair style!). One of the main challenges about making personal goals to create change in your life is to stick to them. Life coaches and psychologists seem to confer that vocalizing your thoughts is a good way to get them clear in your head. Once they’re clear in your head – you’re half way onto making them a reality. (Well, perhaps a quarter way, there are other elements you need to address too, but let’s focus on the vocalisation of your goals). How completely crazy of to post a ‘selfie’ video of myself – barefaced, except for lipstick, basically talking out loud! I’m sharing this now because I’ve lost that sense of vanity that can hold you back. I’m now in that ‘fearless’ stage where I’m comfortable in my skin and excited about the creative direction that my life is currently going in.

I’ve set up a copywriting business, which has enabled me to work on diverse commissions such as content for a high-end consumer children’s wear website to event marketing strategies. A non-fiction book I have been nursing since 2011 is at the peer review stage, I’m working with creative individuals in areas like fashion and design (read my post about BwoyWonder and his amazing Lego creations!) and I’m planning an holistic event with talented complementary therapists. Reading this back, I’m sort of stunned at the extent to which my verbalized and loosely coherent thoughts have come to fruition!

What’s interesting watching this back, is that a lot of the ideas from my free-form piece to camera, have become a reality in my life. I think there is a lot to be said for ‘speaking’ your truth it’s all part of the process of affirming exactly what it is you want which enables you to move forward with conviction.

New age theorists believe that the law of attraction works that way and so does prayer, and magic for that matter. In a way, I’ve always been a copywriter, even when I’ve been doing other things, as I instinctively understand the power of words to create change.

Suzy Rigg

I give you words like I give you gold

http://www.everywordcopywriting.co.uk

The accidental web-designer


Hello Helen – Welcome to The Interview!

What sparked your interest in web design?

“When people ask me how did I get into web design, I tell them the story of a friend who had a disastrous experience with a web-designer who hadn’t spent any time understanding her business, charged too much money and walked off with her domain name – I saw an opportunity! We both agreed: “How hard can it be to build a website?” Eight years later, after re-training, I now create websites that look good, add value and deliver results.”

Helen Bantock talks to Everyword Copywriting
Helen Bantock talks to Everyword Copywriting

How do you get your inspiration?

“Listening to my clients is the key to my success. When it comes to inspiration my clients are often clear about what they like – and what they don’t like! This is the starting point; I usually develop the final design in consultation with my clients. As everyone has such different visions and desires for their website, my job is to identify exactly what a client needs and deliver a website that reflects his or her character, their product or service  – in essence their unique brand proposition.”

What sort of web designs to you enjoy doing most?

“It is very satisfying to work for clients who are starting out in their sector and watching their business grow with them over time.  I have a continuing relationships with many of my clients and that is what I enjoy the most.”

What challenges do you face when designing websites for clients in the creative industries?

“I think clients who are in creative industries have great imaginations, sometimes that means I need to temper their desire to have it all on their website and remind them of their original budget!  You can of course have it all but we are all constrained by budgets.”

As a solo-preneur, what techniques do employ to grow your business?

“Growing my business has been key over the last three years to its success. I have used marketing and a small amount of advertising which brings fresh leads.  Most of my new business at the moment is now coming through a business network, Athena, that I visit each month. Not only do I get referrals from other members but I also learn from them too.”

What one key piece of advice would you give a young web designer starting out?

“As I have been teaching web design for beginners at adult college I often talk to people who hope to run a business in web design, I advise them to read the trade blogs and news to see what is up and coming. I also tell them to keep training as this industry is on the move and your skills need to be up-to-date. If I had more time to mentor them I would also advise them to really listen to clients.

What or who inspires you?

“I get inspiration from many different places.  I love art, colour and visual expression so I enjoy a slow meander through a gallery. I also like to walk and take in the sights and sound of London around me; whether it is the simplicity of nature or the jumble of a bustling market. I love to listen to the younger generation who have such fresh ideas, you can learn a lot from them and get inspiration from their no-boundaries approach to technology.”

Check out Helen Bantock Web Design

E: hb@helenbantock.co.uk She tweets @HelenBantockWeb

Suzy Rigg

I give you words like I give you gold

http://www.everywordcopywriting.co.uk

Disclaimer: Helen designed my website which I’m very happy with; and supported me in the production of this post.

Ronald Moody: Exploration of a Jamaican artist in interwar London

Ronald Moody: Exploration of a Jamaican artist in interwar London


It’s not often I find a post that I would really like to re-blog but this one was it. I’ve read about someone new and identified new art to explore in London – double plus!
I hope you like this too.

Media Diversified

by Gemma Romain,

For the past three years Caroline Bressey and I have been researching interwar Black history in relation to London’s art world. The African and Asian presence in Britain in this period is fascinating and crucial to our understanding of modern British history, yet it has been systematically neglected within British historiography. Those who have worked to combat this neglect include Hakim Adi, who has published several important books reflecting on anti-colonial, Pan-African and communist politics in relation to the African diaspora in the early twentieth century; Rozina Visram who has published pioneering works on Asian history in modern Britain; and Susheila Nasta who led the recent Making Britain project.

In our work, we have explored how artists, anti-colonial and Pan-African activists, writers, musicians, performers and others from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds interacted with each another. Our focus has been on exploring the lives and…

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