Advice for ‘Starting Something You Love’ – #15: Jess Fletcher

At the beginning of 2011 we started a campaign called Start Something You Love. We kicked it off on 19th January with our big Esc winter party in front of 600 people at Guanabara bar in central London.

We are now following it up with 365 bits of advice from real people who are doing interesting and inspirational things with their lives. And we asked them all the same question:




Things don’t happen unless you make them happen and put in the effort / hours / work to bring about change.

I was always in the frame of mind at university that a job was just a job and it wouldn’t affect the rest of your life, when actually it is the majority of your life and if you don’t get some sense of enjoyment, achievement, work with a good, like-minded group of people then it can make you miserable – so make the change!

For the commercial art world specifically, although I didn’t use contacts I think they are really important. The art world is a small place and everyone knows everyone so can pass on your details to another person even if they don’t have a vacancy for you. Go to gallery openings, you usually can blag your way in, and meet people.

Working in a contemporary art gallery



  • http://FeeFighters.com Laura

    I agree – it really bothers me when people say they’re going to work for the next 20 years at jobs they don’t like so that they can do what they want when they retire. Why wait 20 years to do what you love?! I don’t think it’s worth it…