MANUELA ON ARABELLA

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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. >

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