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Shillington allowed me to jump back into the creative career I started at uni. It helped me refine my computer and design skills, and gave me the confidence and a good folio to apply for jobs as an Art Director.

Founder, Bravery Co.

Emily Somers

What were you up to before Shillington?

I was living in Melbourne, working in the client facing side of advertising. I had spent a couple of years travelling after I finished university where I studied Creative Advertising at RMIT.

Why did you decide to study design? Why Shillington? 

I was not loving my current role in advertising. After 18 months of working project managing hundreds of projects for Home Timber and Hardware (my client), I knew it wasn’t for me and I wanted to use the right side of my brain again. Having studied the creative side of advertising I knew I had the conceptual skills but my folio was already a couple of years old and I knew my computer skills were rusty. When I found the Shillington ad in Frankie magazine—I knew I had found the right path. After living in the UK and traveling for a couple of years, I didn’t want to take more time out of my career. If I’m going to do something—I usually throw myself in the deep end so Shillington’s 3 month intensive course was perfect.

You’ve crafted a really unique creative career for yourself. What role did Shillington play in your creative journey?

Shillington allowed me to jump back into the creative career I started at uni. It helped me refine my computer and design skills, and gave me the confidence and a good folio to apply for jobs as an Art Director. With the support of great teachers and a tonne of good briefs, it fast tracked the whole job transition. I feel super lucky to have had Shillington as an option.

Tell us more about Bravery Co. How we can follow and support your important work?

Bravery Co. is an online scarf retailer for scarf lovers and cancer haters. You don’t have to have cancer to shop at Bravery but each scarf has been chosen with a cancer patient in mind. And 10% of profits goes to Peter MacCallum Cancer foundation to help end this stupid disease. They’re super soft, big enough to tie knots and turbans around your head, and they all have a colourful fun print.

I started Bravery after I had cancer the second time. I got sick of wigs and was frustrated that there were no cool and stylish headwear brands for young people when I needed it the most.

Visit Emily’s website and read her full interview on the blog.

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Shillington allowed me to jump back into the creative career I started at uni. It helped me refine my computer and design skills, and gave me the confidence and a good folio to apply for jobs as an Art Director.

Founder, Bravery Co.

Emily Somers

What were you up to before Shillington?

I was living in Melbourne, working in the client facing side of advertising. I had spent a couple of years travelling after I finished university where I studied Creative Advertising at RMIT.

Why did you decide to study design? Why Shillington? 

I was not loving my current role in advertising. After 18 months of working project managing hundreds of projects for Home Timber and Hardware (my client), I knew it wasn’t for me and I wanted to use the right side of my brain again. Having studied the creative side of advertising I knew I had the conceptual skills but my folio was already a couple of years old and I knew my computer skills were rusty. When I found the Shillington ad in Frankie magazine—I knew I had found the right path. After living in the UK and traveling for a couple of years, I didn’t want to take more time out of my career. If I’m going to do something—I usually throw myself in the deep end so Shillington’s 3 month intensive course was perfect.

You’ve crafted a really unique creative career for yourself. What role did Shillington play in your creative journey?

Shillington allowed me to jump back into the creative career I started at uni. It helped me refine my computer and design skills, and gave me the confidence and a good folio to apply for jobs as an Art Director. With the support of great teachers and a tonne of good briefs, it fast tracked the whole job transition. I feel super lucky to have had Shillington as an option.

Tell us more about Bravery Co. How we can follow and support your important work?

Bravery Co. is an online scarf retailer for scarf lovers and cancer haters. You don’t have to have cancer to shop at Bravery but each scarf has been chosen with a cancer patient in mind. And 10% of profits goes to Peter MacCallum Cancer foundation to help end this stupid disease. They’re super soft, big enough to tie knots and turbans around your head, and they all have a colourful fun print.

I started Bravery after I had cancer the second time. I got sick of wigs and was frustrated that there were no cool and stylish headwear brands for young people when I needed it the most.

Visit Emily’s website and read her full interview on the blog.

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