MANUELA ON ARABELLA
I met Arabella about five years ago. At first, we didn’t have a lot in common, but then we realised that we meshed. My work revolves around film and photography – at the moment I’m working on a film festival called For Film’s Sake, which champions women filmmakers.
Our professional relationship began when she started The Ladies Network. It was a big project and every time we’d hang out, we’d talk about it. Now she’s truly on her career path and has goals for each year. Arabella wants to help everyone and I’m the youngest of six, so I learnt how to stand my ground early. She’s taught me to give people a chance and to be less closed off to things that I don’t understand. When she started working on The Ladies Network, I didn’t get the goal. But she’s helped me realise that women have to support one another. I see her every week as a friend, but we’re also in contact as professionals.
There’s not [just] one definition of success. I have friends in many fields and we all give each other advice. We’re coming at it from a human perspective rather than a career perspective. Being a mentor nowadays is not about having more experience; it’s about being able to contextualise and offer another layer of meaning. >