ARABELLA ON MANUELA

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Manuela is a few years older than me and I met her through my older sis­ter, Em­me­line. At the time, I was still study­ing and she was 22 or 23. She was al­ready work­ing in the cre­ative in­dus­tries and was so wise. We be­came friends nat­u­rally and started talking about our ca­reers and plans.

I’m the co-cre­ator and ed­i­tor-in-chief of The Ladies Net­work, which is a cre­ative agency and plat­form for fe­male artists, and I also work as a free­lance writer. Although Manuela and I have op­po­site per­son­al­i­ties – she tells it like it is, and I tend to choose my words care­fully – she’s been re­ally in­flu­en­tial for me and is such a role model. As a young wo­man who’s just start­ing out in her ca­reer, Manuela’s abil­ity to con­trol her pro­fes­sional sit­u­a­tions and say no to things when she has to is re­ally in­spir­ing to me. Manuela has an amaz­ing eye, which is some­thing that I’m still de­vel­op­ing [and] that she’s re­ally helped me with.

In cre­ative fields, the line be­tween the per­sonal and pro­fes­sional is so blurred. When you’re pas­sion­ate about the work you’re do­ing, you can’t re­ally sep­a­rate that from how you’re feel­ing. Be­cause of that, we seek sup­port and ad­vice from peo­ple close to us. There’s an emo­tional as­pect to the re­la­tion­ship, which a tra­di­tional men­tor couldn’t re­ally of­fer.

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