…and once I met him I went with my gut

“I met a British guy over in Sydney a few years back. So I left Uni and came here to be with him. I don’t regret my decision, not at all – I was following my dream when I was studying in Sydney, and once I met him I went with my gut. I’d strongly encourage anyone to follow their intuition in the same way; because if it feels right, then the rest will work itself out.

And, well, I’ve move here and we’re engaged now, so things have worked out really well. I only see better things to look forward to”

 

 

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Ema, Art exhibitionist
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About Ema
I do street art exhibitions … well not exactly that, but exhibitions with street artists.  Also I manage artists.  I’ve done my shows here and now I want to expand.  I run these out of the gallery behind me. I used to work next door, and this space that became available. I knew I wanted my own area and was encouraged to take this leap of faith. There was one small bulb, the walls were green, full of holes and the place filled with rubbish basically. So for three days I locked myself away and created my gallery.

I left Bulgaria when I was 16. I‘ve had a passion for art since I can remember. There isn’t the same platform for art and what I wanted to do there, and I knew I would leave at one point.

The music always helps me to express my emotions, pain and anger about this world imperfections

“I became an animal welfare activist about a year ago. I have my own cat, who I adore, but I love all animals in general. I became a vegetarian too as I can’t say that I care for animals but then go around eating them. Nothing against the taste or health, but I couldn’t support it with my love for all creatures. So I help charities to market their causes; and even though I cannot go along to these places a lot, I give my financial and online support where I can.

Outside of my job I’m also in two music bands – the music always helps me to express my emotions, pain and anger about the world’s imperfections and the more people know me and my views the more they could possibly understand and start thinking in more compassionate direction.”

Check out Atashi Tada’s Instagram pages for more on her music:
 @dicepeople and @elysiandivide

My Dream… Find the next Nigerian Spike Lee and make films with him all over Africa

“I am camera technician. I work in the film industry. I am from Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean. I spent the last few years working between the Caribbean, Paris and London but I needed to settle somewhere. That’s how I ended up in London.

At home, in Guadeloupe, we have a small film industry who is growing very fast but we don’t have the opportunities yet to do a proper career in the camera department. I came to London to grow and become a Director of Photography. I am here to get experience, learn as much as possible. Living oversea is a great life experience.

My Dream is to reach my goal, travel the world to make films, settle in a hot country and have a family….Find the next Nigerian Spike Lee and make films with him all over Africa, or something like that 🙂

My turning point was my high school diploma. I passed my exam, turned 18 and moved to Paris the following week. I remember my mom asking me confirmation on my plans for Uni. At that point, I think that she understood that I was determined, so my uncle took me ticket to Paris. I became independent. When you are 18, it’s feels like having two wings growing on your back.

My parents would prefer me to stay in the Caribbeans and become an accountant or a doctor, but they trusted me enough to let me go and follow my dreams. I think it’s important that parents trust their children vision. It build their confidence and ambition. The society need confident and ambitious people and the world will always need storytellers.”

The other option I had was horse riding

“I’m studying theatre; I want to be performing in West End, that’s the dream; or on a cruise maybe if West End doesn’t work out. I came to London so I could focus on this. But right now I’m working at All Saints to build up the money I’ll need, but it’s just for another six months until I go out into the big bad world.

I had a big career decision to make at 17. The other option was horse riding. I would have gone to the England tracks and travelled around the country taking part in races. I’d have been representing the country. Of course I loved doing it, but something in me always pushed me to acting. The stardom, the big stage feeling maybe, I’m not too sure. So finally I chose theatre, that was my real passion I feel, and so I’m working towards making this come true.”