Working on the marketing for all of the Lightning Lab and Creative HQ-run programmes over the past 2 years, Ash Church is excited to be jumping on board with Venture Up 2018. Ash told us why she’s looking forward to being apart of the #VU18 programme.
Why are you excited to meet the #VU18 cohort?
I’m always excited to meet the next generation of young leaders! The Venture Up cohorts bring so much energy and love solving meaningful problems for people – super inspiring. I love hearing their ideas, seeing them come to life and encouraging people to step out of their comfort zone to achieve their goals and overcome challenges. I wish I’d had the opportunity to do VU when I was that age.
What was your favourite subject at school, and how has it helped you since leaving?
I loved art at school and it’s still a huge part of my life. I’m a practising artist, my mediums are photography and creative direction. I think every job we do encompasses creativity in some way. If fully embraced it brings joy to so many people’s lives. The creative process has taught me a lot about myself. I put my heart into what I create and then sharing that with the world can be challenging and sometimes very scary. Creating art has been an eye-opening journey for me. Henri Matisse summed it up when he said: “creativity takes courage”
What has been your biggest learning curve as an adult?
My biggest learning curve as an adult has been giving up self-doubt and learning how to back myself. Self-doubt often eats me up and spits me out – and gets in the way of me doing things. I get fed up with these mean thoughts and push back. Each time I feel scared of something I know that it’s probably something I should try. Mistakes are just that mis – takes and we can always give something another go. I’ve learnt over the years we are capable of much more than we give ourselves credit for.