Hearsayers

 

As Hearsay grows we will create a platform where attendees, collaborators, friends and their community can have their voice heard. They may become the next line of speakers or moderators or you may find them guest blogging our site either way this about giving everyone a space to communicate. 

For the launch, we asked a series of people in our community to answer a number of questions, this will become a regular part of Hearsay for every monthly talk

 
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Raoul Shah

   Founder & Joint CEO, Exposure

London


Q: What does being part of a creative community mean?

A: Learn, share, inspire, exchange, collaborate

Q: Our first subject is CHANGE, what does this mean to you right now? 

A: If you want this to be your year, don't sit on the couch and wait for it. Go out. Make a change. Smile more. Be excited. Do new things. Throw away clutter. Unfollow negative people on social media. Go to bed early. Wake up early. Don't gossip. Show more gratitude. Do things that challenge you. Be brave. Look up. Change is good. Nothing changes if nothing changes.

Q: Your One piece of Creative wisdom? 

ALearn and pass it on

Q: Your Favourite track right now? 

A: Talking Heads 'Once in a Lifetime'

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Jon Haywood

Behavioural Econometrician & Experience Planner

Amsterdam


Q: What does being part of a creative community mean?

A: Sharing ideas, cross-pollenation of projects, being inspired by others, being able to inspire others. 

Q: Our first subject is CHANGE, what does this mean to you right now? 

A: We fear change....we should embrace it. Change in our industry means we need to work differently; the big networks are too big and inflexible, they don't offer ongoing experiences, they don't build in human reality to the creative brief.

Q: Your One piece of Creative wisdom? 

ASeek forgiveness not permission

Q: Your Favourite track right now? 

A: Sexor (Tiga)

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Nehmi Klaassen

PR Director

Amsterdam


Q: What does being part of a creative community mean?

A: To be a part of something bigger and have a place to have open dialogue and listen and learn from others.

Q: Our first subject is CHANGE, what does this mean to you right now? 

A: Change means always improving.

Q: Your One piece of Creative wisdom? 

AStop, Look and Listen

Q: Your Favourite track right now? 

A: North Cack by G Yamazawa

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Daniel Cohen

Theatre Director & Playwright

Amsterdam


Q: What does being part of a creative community mean?

A: Being able to do the job I love, supported and inspired by people I love and admire

Q: Our first subject is CHANGE, what does this mean to you right now? 

A: Change is in fact the main theme of my upcoming play POZ PARADISE: how we often get stuck in situations we know are bad for us, but we are too scared to change. It sometimes takes a major crisis to shake up our lives and force us to move on. A scary and exciting process.

Q: Your One piece of Creative wisdom? 

ALife Is About Losing Fears

Q: Your Favourite track right now? 

A: Move On, from the cast album of Sunday In The Park with George

 

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Chrissy Stergios

Account director

Amsterdam


Q: What does being part of a creative community mean?

A: It means being part of a community that isn't afraid to share ideas, be challenged and constantly strive to better itself. One of the great things about the Amsterdam community is the openness to collaboration and absence of paranoid competition. That's how really great creative communities grow, thrive and become world renowned.

Q: Our first subject is CHANGE, what does this mean to you right now? 

A: A good subject for me as I'm about to become a mother- leaving behind one life stage for another. As my baby is a girl, I think I'm even more emotionally invested in the current #metoo movement. It's hugely exciting to see such active change happening, especially for women in the workplace.

Q: Your One piece of Creative wisdom? 

A'Some people always know the price but never the value'. Oscar Wild

Q: Your Favourite track right now? 

A: Nils Frahm- Four Hands (trying to find calming music to labor to!)

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Rodger Beekman

CCO

Amsterdam


Q: What does being part of a creative community mean?

A: It means I will mean likeminded people. Be able to share thoughts on the current status of our industry. Learn about new things and new views.

Q: Our first subject is CHANGE, what does this mean to you right now? 

A: Change is nothing new. It’s not connected to the here and now. Change is inevitable and a constant flow of motion and evolution.

Q: Your One piece of Creative wisdom? 

AYou are what you share.

Q: Your Favourite track right now? 

A: To many. Hard to pick one. But “breath life” I listen too at least once a week.

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Joseph Vito Deluca

CMO

Amsterdam


Q: What does being part of a creative community mean?

A: Sharing ideas, inspiration and challenges. Coming together and supporting one another as we pursue our goals. Collaboration is such an important element today in order to gain new perspectives and grow.

Q: Our first subject is CHANGE, what does this mean to you right now? 

A: Change is survival. Especially in the tech industry, things move so fast. You must continuously adapt to stay relevant. We're now standing at the intersection of tech and creative. Everything is changing and everything is new. This makes things very exciting, but also very challenging.

Q: Your One piece of Creative wisdom? 

AYou can no longer be a "one trick pony" in a vacuum. Having a single will no longer get you very far. Instead you need to be a multi-talented unicorn that can produce rainbows in all kinds of different settings.

Q: Your Favourite track right now? 

A: I am a unicorn by Jessica Frech

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Janelle Flemming

Campaign Manager

Rotterdam


Q: What does being part of a creative community mean?

A: Being able to share my creative thoughts and ideas, learn about other's ideas and getting inspired by them, and trying out new things.

Q: Our first subject is CHANGE, what does this mean to you right now? 

A: Change is good! I am a firm believer in change and trying out new things. Believer in always setting new goals and targets, and smashing them. Just changed to a new job and company myself, and am super positive that this will help me grow in my personal life as well.

Q: Your One piece of Creative wisdom? 

A: The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.

--Brandon Sanderson

Q: Your Favourite track right now? 

A: More Than You Know - Axwell & Ingrosso

 

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Johnny Ace

Co-founder at Tabac Creative

London


Q: What does being part of a creative community mean?

A: I think that being part of a creative community is about inspiration and collaboration. That's really what has driven Guy and me to start our own agency. Tabac, at its heart, is a creative collective of like-minded professionals from different backgrounds, collaborating together to create something that none of us could achieve alone. Plus I've found that creative people have the best taste in films and music, which is another great reason to be part of a creative community.

Q: Our first subject is CHANGE, what does this mean to you right now? 

A: This past year has seen some big changes for me, both personally and professionally. I have spent the last year learning how to be a dad, which has been gruelling and rewarding in equal measure. But I think most relevant at the moment is the change that is happening professionally as Guy and I begin to build work through our new agency.

Q: Your One piece of Creative wisdom? 

AYour first idea, however great it might seem at the time, is almost always not the right answer. But you have to have it and you have to develop it, and then you have to calmly pop it in the bin.

Q: Your Favourite track right now? 

A: Mr. White by Khruangbin

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Brandon Oelofse

Director

Amsterdam


Q: What does being part of a creative community mean?

A: A chance to stay ahead of the game. Know what the benchmark is and try to improve it. To be constantly growing creatively and being inspired to do so.

Q: Our first subject is CHANGE, what does this mean to you right now? 

A: There is nothing more terrifying than change. But in order to grow it’s important to break a fixed pattern of thinking and of doing. Recently I moved into a completely new industry, a new country and a new context. This change took me out of a comfort zone and continues to challenge me. It’s bloody exciting.

Q: Your One piece of Creative wisdom? 

AIf you drop dead  tomorrow, the job you are slaving over will replace you within a week. Nothing is so important. This should also make you less afraid to make bold choices - they have the best payoffs.

Q: Your Favourite track right now? 

A: Flume - Hyperreal

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Kelly Cliff

Events and Comms Manager

London


Q: What does being part of a creative community mean?

A: Learning new things, new people, new experiences.

Q: Our first subject is CHANGE, what does this mean to you right now? 

A: Something I am seeking, change is an opportunity, can be a little daunting but exciting.

Q: Your One piece of Creative wisdom? 

AConstantly challenge, can anything be taken a step further? What's the next?

Q: Your Favourite track right now? 

A: Loosing you by Solange

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Sheena Bonner

Senior Project Manager

Amsterdam


Q: What does being part of a creative community mean?

A: Being a part of a creative community provides me with both professional and personal outlets to express and grow my own creative interests and passions. It is a way to stay constantly inspired and challenged as well as to meet like minded people to grow with and be influenced by.

Q: Our first subject is CHANGE, what does this mean to you right now? 

A: This means a lot for me this year as I have transitioned into a new role with a new creative company where I am utilizing and growing my skills in a way that is different from my previous jobs and I am excited to take on the challenge. I also now have a solid role as an expat in Amsterdam which is exciting because I can start to plan for my future as opposed to my previous role which was more of a contractual/ temporary set up. It is nice to feel like I can really start spreading my wings.

Q: Your One piece of Creative wisdom? 

A: Creativity is a drive to always develop unique and innovative ways of doing things and allowing yourself to be free to view the world around you thru a lens that is truly your own.

Q: Your Favourite track right now? 

A: Wait for the Moment - Vulfpeck

 

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Jo Hawkes

All round creative! Designer, Art Director, Copywriter

Amsterdam


Q: What does being part of a creative community mean?

A: I love to immerse myself in all things creative and regularly attend creative talks and have even given a few myself. To be part of the creative community is to be part of a group of forward thinking people who care about the world and where it's heading. As creatives we have to become 'experts' in all sorts of industries when working within them which maintains a high level of curiosity and diversity in both work and life. I love the world of design as it gives us all a chance to learn new skills and knowledge on certain subjects and coming at them from a totally new standpoint. This allows for exciting new ideas and perspectives and the creative community provides a brilliant soundboard for such discussions.

Q: Our first subject is CHANGE, what does this mean to you right now? 

A: Well I'm about to have a very big change in my life both job wise and personally as I'm off to South America for 4 months. Leaving behind my freelance work as a designer, I will embark on an unknown and exciting adventure through the jungles, mountains and deserts of Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. I will be volunteering on farms and in schools, helping and learning where I can with animals, agriculture and teaching. Escaping both the tail end of a Dutch winter and the daily screen and online life, I hope to find adventures that challenge, teach and inspire me.

Q: Your One piece of Creative wisdom? 

AI live by the mantra of 'If not now, then when' which is not directly related to creativity but can be applied to it. For example I have a project that I had been mulling over for years and never doing much with it. One day I just decided if I don't do it now I never will and pushed myself to work in my free time on something I truly care about. I think in design it's all too easy to have conceptual ideas and never make anything of them. We all have those of course but if you really believe in yours, go for it! Or the world might miss out on an amazing idea!

Q: Your Favourite track right now? 

A: Just discovered this girl. Marika Hackman - Deep Green

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Elaine Skinner

Brand and Marketing Consultant

Portland


Q: What does being part of a creative community mean?

A: It means being with people who are limitless, and knowing that together you can make anything happen. There is a really beautiful energy within a creative community. Where any conversation can spark inspiration, and ideas grow as they bounce around from one person to the next. It is a bit like living in a dream state where reality falls away for a moment, and your imagination takes over. But the thing I value most is that within that community there is SO much creativity in actually bringing the ideas to life, and making them happen in reality. The most magical thing we can do is actually make something that started as a dream, and bring it to life so it can be shared it with others.

Q: Our first subject is CHANGE, what does this mean to you right now? 

A: Change means making friends with uncertainty and being filled with wonderment instead of clinging to comfort.

Q: Your One piece of Creative wisdom? 

APeople view creativity as being a free form, but sometimes your most creative moments can come when you are working within constraints.

Q: Your Favourite track right now? 

A: Unforgettable - French Montanta

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Mark Vessey

Photographic Artist

Brighton


Q: What does being part of a creative community mean?

A: To share, support, inspire, collaborate with a network of individuals exploring working in the creative industries. To help realise your not alone, there is a whole world out there to embrace.

Q: Our first subject is CHANGE, what does this mean to you right now? 

A: Change is an essential process that falls into every aspect of our lives, pushing us to adapt, react, and learn.

Q: Your One piece of Creative wisdom? 

A: 'If you’ve got a talent, protect it.' Jim Carrey

Q: Your Favourite track right now? 

A: Something to Save - George Michael

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