An Insight Into an Artist’s Mind

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012|Interviews|by Christy Rathbone|No Comments

Coral-Leigh Ismail is a self–taught Artist, Writer, Designer and Magicians Assistant to ‘The Homosexuals’ (Late 60s Band previously known as The Rejects). She shared with us what it means to her to be an artist.

How would you describe your art work?

The best way to describe the themes and styles of my work, would be to close your eyes for a minute or so and to try and visualize a Pick n’ Mix bag of communication, people and stories all having a party together on your Iris. My work is extremely collective, versatile and has no concrete place to go. As an Artist you should transform your eyes to Magpie eyes and seek as much silver treasure as possible, which can be fed into your work .


Where do you take inspiration from?

I take all of my inspiration purely from People and from life. It’s a simple thing to write, but it is a fascinating thing to try and explain in my work. I find it difficult to try and comprehend how you could not to be honest. I am a Gypsy in abode and was brought up in a juxtaposition of two places; firstly, a tower block flat overlooking cowardly criminal boys snatching pearls of plenty from pensioners

Secondly my Gran and Grandad’s palace of Marmite on toast, down the road from the ‘millionaires house’, which in fact wasn’t the inhabitancy of millionaires. I moved abode around 20 times and school? I have lost count. That was a lovely bit of numbers and mathematics. I started to draw instinctual at a very young age, a form of escapism I would recognise it back as being now. As a family we weren’t very fond of where we would end up living, so my mama used to let us all write poems and draw on the wall. You can imagine yourself anywhere.

A gypsy, only with houses and flats. Moving around so much virtually sent me mute, it was difficult being a new girl all the time and as a child I was extremely shy, so drawing was a form of communication I felt comfortable in to make friends with. I remember vividly looking out our window and drawing jungles instead of the degenerates being destructive. It was fitting to do so, there were plenty of animals, outside but they weren’t lions, tigers and bears. To conquer my shyness I went to quite a notorious secondary school and begun to learn’ how to never shut up’.

Talking, travelling and meeting new people seem to be my main concrete source of inspiration. Its a massive subject matter and the avenues are extremely versatile. I strongly believe that talking is the medical remedy to at least 600 problems or even all. It’s the most underrated skill in our world. You learn so much from people, books are ornaments in comparison for education. The idea of being an artist, a human is to be able to coherently communicate and always cater to the needs of your listener(s). If you have no self awareness, substance and method, how on earth are you able to relate and understand others?

Who are your favourite Artists?

The majority of my favourite Artists are either Self-Taught, Outsider or have an infatuation with the conscience and sub conscience mind. A few of them include Niki de Saint Phalle, Stephen Wright and Dali.

What is your favourite Ice Cream flavour?

I love Ice Cream nearly as much as love! Pistachio ice cream is a fond frozen flavor of mine.

Jake Mitchell – After Graduation

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012|Advice, Interviews|by David Young|1 Comment

Jake Mitchell shares his opinion on how to keep your head above the water after graduation.

Graduation can be a great time, and a scary time. It’s the beginning of the rest of your life. If you learn to do three simple things, your post graduation job hunt will go much more smoothly.

1. Stay focused. After you graduate, most people have the tendency to slide backwards. When you are given more free time, you want to use it doing the things you normally do. You want to have fun. The biggest asset to your job hunt is to treat it as if it is a job itself. Wake up early every day, and do job hunt work from 8-5. After that you can spend the day however you like, but make sure to stay on topic for your “work day.”

2. Get help. Remember that you don’t have to do it all alone. Write up a draft of your resume, and pass it to each of your friends, but send it one at a time so each friend can upgrade upon what your last friend has changed too. By the time your resume has gone through all your friends it will be a polished gem. Also, never be afraid to ask someone you know if they may have some openings at their place of work.

3. Meet new people. Many people think getting a job online is the easiest. In reality, it is not. The majority of available jobs out there are not posted online, and some positions you apply for online already have been filled. You should spend about 2 hours a day looking online, but after that do research about job fairs, or other places where you may meet someone who could connect you with a winning position.

Following these three steps is a great way to start off your job search. If you dedicate to doing this, you will find a job in no time easily.

Interview with Jade Langton-Evans – Photographer and Entrepreneur

Thursday, June 14th, 2012|Interviews|by Christy Rathbone|No Comments

Jade Langton-Evans specializes in bespoke natural and beautiful photography for weddings, maternity, babies, children and family, as written in her biography. She is not only a very talented photographer but she has also started up her own successful business at a very young age. Turning her hobby into her dream job. She is a great example of how following your dreams can pay off and keep the inspiration flowing.

The whole interview was a little bit long for a blog post, so we have selected the very best bits for the blog. But because there was so much more we wanted to give you the opportunity to read the whole Elexu interview with Jade Langton-Evans – we can highly recommend it.

Christy R.: Tell me a bit about your business and what introduced you to photography?

Jade: What I loved photographing the most were people. Every single person is different and fascinating in their own way and I loved to be able to capture stories and expressions as well as emotions. There are so many inspirational photographers and artists out there and I embraced visually others work.

It took me a few years to get me to the point where I am today, I worked and learnt some things from professionals and also became a manager at a big photography company from which I felt in my heart it was time for me to flee and start out for myself. I must add this is one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life!

I had been taking on weddings and portraits when I could fit them in alongside my full time job, but I wanted to be able to give my clients an experience that included my whole heart and soul. It takes a long time to develop a style that people understand you.

The steps I took into starting the business were the biggest; taking the lunge into actually working and being self-reliant for myself.

Christy R.: What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

Jade: I have been very lucky in my first year of business to have some wonderful accomplishments. Such as my work being featured on some of the top wedding and baby blogs on the UK.

Christy R.: What is the most difficult thing about running your own business?

Jade: I think the most difficult thing about running a business is being able to stand out from the crowd constantly against the competition. I think especially when there are so many people trying to be different and inspiring and it takes a long time to become established and known for a particular area you have to be on your toes all the time and sometimes it feels like I’m sleeping, eating and breathing photography and hoping that people can find me in between the sea of other artists. It goes to say though that I’m very blessed in the respect that most of my clientele have found and booked me because of images they have seen of their own friends and family and it soon becomes a huge link.

Christy R.: What inspires you?

Jade: What starts my ideas off can be something very simple such as beautiful scenery, pretty things, books, good use of light, photographs, people, window displays, seasons and life in general and a big one is my clients! My work is really focused on them so I bring a piece of them into each individual session.

I regularly take time out to chill such as walking in the countryside when I’m busy because your brain can get so bogged down with editing, replying to emails, sorting out samples, and albums etc. etc. that you have to remind yourself daily why you love what you do.

If I can take some quiet time regularly to think in peace it floods my mind with new inspirations to enable to keep creating new ideas. I also think it’s important to keep being inspired because it’s the key to your creativity. If I wasn’t inspired I genuinely would not be able to capture emotion and love, which I do in my images.

To find more of Jade’s work or learn more about her story check out her Facebook page or visit her website

Just remember, like Jade if you follow your passion and put in the hard work you can make your dreams happen too!

Intern Feature – Amy Bloom: An American in London

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012|Elexu Team Posts|by Amy Bloom|No Comments

Sitting in my room six months ago, I was fed up with the same routine of going to University all week and spending the weekends at my part time job. I decided to make a change and applied for some internship roles through The Elexu role caught my eye straight away as it stated that I would be implementing a social media strategy for their communication channels (Blog, Facebook and Twitter) that were not yet in place. This meant I would be given an opportunity to influence the shape and feel of them, I knew straight away I wouldn’t just be making tea!

I was lucky enough to secure the internship role in February after a very relaxed group interview in Kanaloa Club in London, and I have been working with the ever-expanding team since. My role at the moment includes everything the student jobs advert said it would; the other interns and I have implemented strategies for all Elexus social platforms, of which I have predominately taken charge of Twitter. Although I have had some marketing and journalist experience before, nothing has been as hands on as Elexu. I have gained a real insight into such a competitive industry and I think the passion and enthusiasm of the staff really make Elexu a special place to work.

Recently we had another intern night, with around twenty possible candidates, it was great to see so many creative and enthusiastic minds all in one room. It’s fantastic to see a company grow and to feel so much a part of it. Also I can’t wait to work with the new interns over the summer and to learn so much from them too. It’s strange how I have been an intern at Elexu for only 4 months and I already feel like a veteran.

-Amy Bloom

Interview with Alicia Erb – Her Struggles and Ambitions

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012|Interviews|by David Young|No Comments

Today we have an interview from David Young, one of our budding interns, and an aspirant, Alicia Erb, who shares with us her ambition to become a Pay Per Click Account Manager.

David: Tell me about yourself…

Alicia: I’m a recent Texas Tech graduate of marketing and minor in sociology. I currently work at Top Spot Internet Marketing in Houston as a PPC Account Manager. In the little free time I have, I like to spend time with my family and friends, hit up the gym for a little Zumba and catch some rays by the pool.

David: What are you aspiring to do now that you have graduated?

Alicia: Well I have a lot of professional goals now that I’ve graduated. First off, I plan to learn as much as I can about being a successful PPC Account Manager and create a lot of successful leads for all my clients. And ultimately, I hope to be promoted based on performance within my first year.

David: What was it that made you decide you wanted to do marketing?

Alicia: A lot of trial and error. I was always interested in business (b/c my mom is an accountant) but after trying out different roles that were focused on accounting, for example being my sorority’s treasurer, I realized that accounting wasn’t the aspect for me. I had an opportunity to work for a marketing agency and I loved that aspect of business, mostly because I love interacting with people.

David: What has been your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?

Alicia: My biggest challenge was probably deciding what I wanted to do professionally. It was a little discouraging when all my friends knew exactly what they wanted to do and I had no idea. My main goal was to find a profession that I would love and I would be proud of and although it took a while to figure it out, I’m glad I didn’t settle for one just based on pay or financial security.

David: Elexu’s three pillars are content, capital, and connections. How do you think these things could help you?

Alicia: Well obviously content and capital are great things to gain, but as a marketer I believe the most important one to gain would be the connections. I believe creating relationships with people, personally and professionally is the most important part in being successful.


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