Bachelor of Design (Communication Design)
I was born in Adelaide, but my parents are from Manchester. We spent a bit of time there when I was three and I came back when I was four with a very thick accent.
Throughout high school, I was able to be true to myself in terms of my appearance and sexuality. I was able to date boys and girls without experiencing any homophobia. Straight after graduating, I started a social sciences degree, but my twenties ended up being a continuation of my teenage years where I just worked in hospitality and partied. I ended up partying more than going to uni, so over the years I’ve dropped out of a few degrees. Truthfully, I was a substance abuser – it was a way for me to ignore the fact that I didn’t know what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and the fact that I was terribly bored. I used it to put off making any adult decisions.
For a long time, I was making coffee at lots of different cafes. I landed at one particular cafe where the owners gave me a lot of responsibility, but sometimes also took advantage of me. It made me realise that if I was going to do all of this work for somebody else, I might as well be doing it for myself – so I decided to open my own café with a business partner, Horner & Pratt. Running a cafe is hard because there is no safety net. If you have a quiet week you don’t take home much money, so it can be very stressful. You’re never off, always on. You can never fully relax. What I loved about it was being able to create my own space, and working front of house is amazing from a social aspect, I formed many lasting relationships at Horner & Pratt. I was there for two years before my partner bought me out. Partnerships can be difficult if it turns out that you don’t have the same vision.
Sometimes I think I could have been more productive in my twenties, but then if I had done anything differently, I wouldn’t have ended up where I am now. I might not have started this degree, I might not have met my partner, I might not have made the friends that I’ve made. I have no idea where my future is headed, which I really like.
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This piece was originally published in Edition 28