Describe your job in couple of sentences:
I am a freelance perfumer. I make for bespoke clients, events and collaborations with artists.
When did you know what you wanted to do?
I progressed from doing what I do as a hobby to doing it professionally when I knew I could do so properly.
Did you go to university, go straight into the workforce or do an apprenticeship?
What did you study?
I am self-taught at what I do. I studied Classics which does not relate to what I do.
Have you done other jobs in your life – if so what were they
Did they have any influence on what you do now?
For thirty years I was a freelance costume designer. When I changed to what I do now I brought a deep understanding of work ethics, self-discipline and the ability to work with others and on my own. These qualities are vital to being a dependable freelancer in any profession.
How did you find out about your job (how it existed)?
I was always aware that perfume is made by perfumers. I asked for advice from others in my field about work practices and so on.
How did you get the job you wanted- steps and process?
I learned to do what I do slowly and then considered which sector of my profession I would specialize in. I then began doing small jobs and became confident enough to expand my horizons. I had to become known for what I do. This came about slowly. I learned to capitalize on success and keep the momentum going.
What qualities do you need to have to be successful in your field?
Most importantly I need the technical knowledge to be able to achieve what I want to do. I need to be aware I will always have more to learn. I need to be flexible with my clients and what they want. I need to be original and energetic to develop my career and keep myself motivated. In short, I need to remain ambitious for my own development at what I do.
Give 3 tips for someone hoping to follow in your footsteps:
- Stay teachable.
- Work leads to more work. Jobs lead to more jobs.
- As soon as you are competent teach someone else to do what you do. Pass the knowledge on.
Who inspires you?:
The perfumers who constantly surprise me with something completely different to what I expect from them.