SSSHAKE Talks: How to thrive as a creative freelancer

By on February 14, 2019

We are thrilled to introduce the SSSHAKE Talks at Number 90 Bar & Kitchen. During these monthly talks, we will invite inspiring and diverse profiles from the creative industries to take the stage and discuss topics that passionate them.

For this second edition, we invited experienced freelancers from music, design and video industries to discuss the challenges of thriving as a full time freelancer. They will cover practical topics such as how to find clients but also more personal subjects such as to how to brand yourself and how to stay motivated.

☐ Thoma Bulwer / Music industry
Thoma Bulwer has worked in the music industry and media production for over 15 years. He has released his own productions on labels such as !K7 Records, Greco-Roman, Seven Dials, Signatune Records and runs vinyl labels Parasol Culture and Alternate Facts. He specialises in the more underground side of electronic electronic music crossing genres from garage, house, minimal, techno through to breaks and ambient.

2018-2019 Thoma has been mixing down and mastering vinyl and digital releases for artists and labels such as Voigtmann, WYS! limited, Priku, Hamam House, Luca Cazal, Adam Curtain, Bobby Pleasure, Anna Wall, Michael James, Dexter Kane, Peter Pixzel, Jacob Husley, Tyree Cooper, Bobby Pleasure, Seven Dials, Shadow Sanctuary, The Bricks, Chris Cue, Remi Mazerate and Karl “Tuff Enuff” Brown.

Thoma is also a part time lecturer at Point Blank Music School in Dalston and a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES).

☐ Fran Oddenino / Design Industry
Fran Oddenino is a designer and musician based in London. After studying Branding Design at London College of Communications, she started a career in branding in London that enabled her to become a senior designer at internationally renowned agency Landor Associates. After a few years in the corporate world, working for clients such as Virgin Atlantic, eBay, Barclays, BP, Bayer, Photobox, and many others, she decided to start her own agency, Vicine Design. Vicine is a collective of branding and product designers who work closely together to deliver brands and products that look good and work even better.

Fran is also a member of music accelerator The Rattle, where she is developing her singer-songwriter project, Aurel. Through Aurel she blends visual arts with sound and storytelling, expressing all aspects of her creativity.

☐ Julian Borra / Creative Writing
Julian Borra has been in and around the creative industries for about 30 years, predominantly as a creative writer. He spent 25 years at Saatchi, Leo Burnett London and his own agency EBP. As one of Saatchi’s senior global leadership team he used creative strategy and storytelling to help Coca-Cola, AT&T, and Kellogg’s reconcile, give meaning to and embed their sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility into their brand story. Since leaving Saatchi, he has run a ‘referral-only’ Creative Purpose Consultancy called The Thin Air Factory, helping to develop purposeful propositions for both start-ups and blue chips alike who “want to both make money and give a shit”.

He also worked on projects that seek to transform society through language and creative ideas. For example, Socialising the Genome, a programme he is developing with the Wellcome Sanger Institute to expand the conversation around the benefits of genomics. He has also written and illustrated a children’s book, The Man Who Put Words On Birds, and has co-authored a Life Philosophy book with the legendary big wave surfer, Laird Hamilton, launching March 12th in the USA. He also writes a blog (thinairfactoryblog) simply to exercise “his mind and his heart”.

The talk will be followed by relaxed networking and sweet tunes.

SSSHAKE Talks: How to thrive as a creative freelancer will be held at Number 90 Bar & Restaurant Wednesday 20th February 2019.

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