ARABELLA ON MANUELA
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.