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Do you have a freelance story you’d like to share?



We love hearing from you. Tell us about your journey, your successes or your failures. By sharing stories with each other, we can help each other grow and improve.


Do you have a freelance story you’d like to share?



We love hearing from you. Tell us about your journey, your successes or your failures. By sharing stories with each other, we can help each other grow and improve.


Katie’s story


Katie Swaysland - Event photographer / Fire performer / Electrician


I grew up in Croydon, and went to a grammar school. Everyone told me that the next thing was to go to university, but I tried college and it wasn’t for me. Careers guidance was a nightmare, how are you meant to take a quiz and know what you want to do? I always got film director which never appealed to me.

I had it really drilled into me in school, that if you don’t go to university you don’t know what you’re doing with your life. For a long time I was worried, I felt like I needed a certain qualification in order to be successful, but then I realised I’ve got tons of experience in loads of different fields that I can apply to my future.

My parents definitely wanted me to go to university in a ‘we want the best for you’ kind of way but I think it got to a point where they realised that doing my own thing would make me happier.

Don’t get me wrong, doing a degree is amazing but I don't think I have the attention span to devote that much time to just one thing. I can never pick one thing to stay with and I think that's why I enjoy doing lots of different things so much.

READ KATIE'S STORY

Katie’s story


Katie Swaysland - Event photographer / Fire performer / Electrician


I grew up in Croydon, and went to a grammar school. Everyone told me that the next thing was to go to university, but I tried college and it wasn’t for me. Careers guidance was a nightmare, how are you meant to take a quiz and know what you want to do? I always got film director which never appealed to me.

I had it really drilled into me in school, that if you don’t go to university you don’t know what you’re doing with your life. For a long time I was worried, I felt like I needed a certain qualification in order to be successful, but then I realised I’ve got tons of experience in loads of different fields that I can apply to my future.

My parents definitely wanted me to go to university in a ‘we want the best for you’ kind of way but I think it got to a point where they realised that doing my own thing would make me happier.

Don’t get me wrong, doing a degree is amazing but I don't think I have the attention span to devote that much time to just one thing. I can never pick one thing to stay with and I think that's why I enjoy doing lots of different things so much.

READ KATIE'S STORY

Georgina’s story


Georgina Pickworth, Barista / Researcher / Environmentalist


Well my dream slashes are probably sustainable food systems researcher/environmental campaigner/vegan croissant connoisseur (I hope that’s a thing) and right now I’m working on a couple of different things. I had always planned to become a vet so when I chose to go in a different direction it was difficult to define what I did for a living, but I'm definitely getting there. For a while I'd struggle when people ask me what I did because I didn't feel confident to say that I was one thing or another.

I enjoy my weeks way more, I can sit down in a café and do some remote work or do some scheduling. I structure my day as and when it suits me or put down work and decide to come back to it if I’m not concentrating well. I get to the end of the day and feel like I’ve achieved a lot. It just makes me feel a much greater sense of freedom than I have done previously. I feel much more my own person and in control of my own life.

Georgina’s story


Georgina Pickworth, Barista / Researcher / Environmentalist


Well my dream slashes are probably sustainable food systems researcher/environmental campaigner/vegan croissant connoisseur (I hope that’s a thing) and right now I’m working on a couple of different things. I had always planned to become a vet so when I chose to go in a different direction it was difficult to define what I did for a living, but I'm definitely getting there. For a while I'd struggle when people ask me what I did because I didn't feel confident to say that I was one thing or another.

I enjoy my weeks way more, I can sit down in a café and do some remote work or do some scheduling. I structure my day as and when it suits me or put down work and decide to come back to it if I’m not concentrating well. I get to the end of the day and feel like I’ve achieved a lot. It just makes me feel a much greater sense of freedom than I have done previously. I feel much more my own person and in control of my own life.

Ana’s story


Ana Paiva, Nursery practitioner / Artist / Barista


I grew up back in Lisbon and have lived all around Portugal, I worked in hospitality and tourism which gave me the confidence to move to bristol and start a new journey. When I first moved here I became a barista and started to get involved in the arts and culture of Bristol. I’ve had a lot of experience in customer experience, but I’m currently working as a nursery practitioner, bank staff and in hospitality. I’m also an artist, and work in local shops and jewelry stands. I work in the mornings as a nursery practitioner, and spend the afternoons trying to develop my skills in other areas.

I had a 9-5 at my previous employer and I honestly hated it. I had a Monday - Friday and worked forty hours per week, but at a certain point it was just too much. The monotony, the routine, it just wasn’t good for me. It was working on the same thing every day and I just didn’t feel I was being productive, I was kind of bored at certain point so for me it works really well to do lots of stuff and to work in all these different sectors.

When something’s new it makes me feel as if I’m always improving, so I definitely don’t miss anything about a more traditional way of working. Nowadays there’s so much happening, I don’t think being stuck in one single job when you have so many different skills makes sense.

Ana’s story


Ana Paiva, Nursery practitioner / Artist / Barista


I grew up back in Lisbon and have lived all around Portugal, I worked in hospitality and tourism which gave me the confidence to move to bristol and start a new journey. When I first moved here I became a barista and started to get involved in the arts and culture of Bristol. I’ve had a lot of experience in customer experience, but I’m currently working as a nursery practitioner, bank staff and in hospitality. I’m also an artist, and work in local shops and jewelry stands. I work in the mornings as a nursery practitioner, and spend the afternoons trying to develop my skills in other areas.

I had a 9-5 at my previous employer and I honestly hated it. I had a Monday - Friday and worked forty hours per week, but at a certain point it was just too much. The monotony, the routine, it just wasn’t good for me. It was working on the same thing every day and I just didn’t feel I was being productive, I was kind of bored at certain point so for me it works really well to do lots of stuff and to work in all these different sectors.

When something’s new it makes me feel as if I’m always improving, so I definitely don’t miss anything about a more traditional way of working. Nowadays there’s so much happening, I don’t think being stuck in one single job when you have so many different skills makes sense.


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