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Creative Futures 2 offers careers advice to next generation of UEL talent

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Event features successful UEL alumni

East London’s next generation of artists and entrepreneurs networked and received careers advice at the University of East London’s (UEL) second annual Creative Futures.

The event which took place at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, featured a trio of successful UEL alumni who discussed their professional journeys and offered useful tips to more than 150 first and second-year students.

Photography graduate Condry Milo told students to make the most of the relationships and connections available to them at UEL.

Condry is a founder of Tirade, a bi-annual independent fashion and art magazine. He and two fellow UEL photography alumni created the publication when, as recent graduates, they had a tough time getting established outlets to consider their work.

Condry said, “We thought, ‘What can we do?’ And we said, ‘Why don’t we create our own platform? If people won’t publish us, we’ll publish our work ourselves’.”

Their promotion strategy has included ‘guerrilla’ marketing tactics such as sneaking the free publication onto magazine racks at stores.

Condry said, “We had a dream, we had an idea. But we had teamwork more than anything. We found those friendships and learned that teamwork at UEL.”

Fashion design alumna Krasimira Stoyneva advised students to work hard, listen to their tutors and not be afraid to ask questions. She also told them to be kind to others on their way up.

She said, “One day the people next to you may be very important in your industry with the power to help you achieve your goals.”

Since graduating in 2014, Krasimira has kept busy running her own fashion label, Krasimira Stoyneva. Her accolades include winning the prestigious Muuse x Vogue Talents Young Vision Award, and appearing in London Fashion Week in February 2017. Recently, one of her jackets was worn by a competitor on ITV’s The X-Factor.

It’s very important, Krasimira said, to not be afraid to promote your work.
Condry, Krasimira and Tsara Ousseni, an actress and director, each gave talks, but later joined up for a panel discussion.

Geoff Thompson, chair of UEL’s Board of Governors, also gave an enthusiastically received talk. He told students to view challenges as opportunities, and to not be afraid to learn from their mistakes.

He said, “At the end of the day, every single human being has to contribute to the world in which we live. Each of you has a gift, talent and potential. Someone here is going to change the world. I hope a number of you are going to change the world.”