Starting My Creative Career...
So, I’ve had a lot of questions recently regarding starting up a creative business.. and what a better way to begin than my FIRST ever blog post. Here goes…. (Practice makes perfect right…)
Have I always been creative?
Yes definitely! It’s bizarre in a way, I knew from a very small age what I wanted to be and I think everyone around me also knew. I wasn’t that interested in toys but if you gave me some plasticine or bits of paper you very quickly went up in my estimations.. Boring child? I think so.. but sometimes you just know and that was definitely me in my career path.
Did you go to University?
That is a yes from me! I studied Textile Design for Fashion & Interiors in the beautiful city of Bath and adored all of it.. but for arty subjects I wouldn't necessarily say it’s a must. When you have a talent/love for something, it’ll shine through whether you’ve got a degree under your belt or not. BUT within the creative jobs, work experience is a MUST and I wouldn’t be where I am today without mine. (Whether that’s making Pom Poms for a brand in Whitechapel… or spending time within a creative hub).
What did you do when you left university?
I straight away moved to busy London & started my career in design as a Children’s Designer, which was so much fun but I kept feeling my mind wandering towards starting up my own business and how exciting it would be to begin such a venture. It finally dawned on me one month that I was only 23 and didn’t have too many responsibilities and if the business didn’t work, then I would just go back to being a designer for a company. So, that was it.. I took the plunge!
How did you come up with the name?
Long story short.. As a child my Grandpa always called me Florence after looking after him on a family holiday as a toddler to Bamburgh, Northumbria… and it stuck! I am still called Florence to this day. Now Ottie is a little more complicated (or odd?) However you want to put it… Ottie is the name of the dog that I haven’t yet got (looking at my partner with puppy dog eyes..) but yes, that is where the name Florence and Ottie came from!
How did you begin?
Well, if I’m honest I didn’t really know what I was doing right away. I just went with the flow! The one thing I did know was what my aim was, who my market were and what I wanted to achieve. Honestly, if I go further down my Instagram feed I want to hide….. photography skills weren’t the best, I’m not going to lie! I started to illustrate dogs and soon people were messaging asking for their very own portrait.
One year later.. and here we are. I’m still loving what I do and I’m always on the look out for new products which are based around my pet portrait illustrations to keep growing and developing.