Can you do any bet­ter?

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Dar­rell ex­plains how Sun­day sup­per led to a cov­eted job in the film in­dus­try

Dar­rell’s ca­reer changed dra­mat­i­cally in 2000. A fam­ily friend, cos­tume de­signer Penny Rose, joined him for sup­per one Sun­day night. Nor­mally, they never dis­cussed work. But on this night Penny asked Dar­rell his opin­ion on some cos­tume de­signs.

“I didn’t get it,” Dar­rell says, “How did the il­lus­tra­tions re­late to the fi­nal cos­tumes? Surely you wanted to see much more de­tail and for the il­lus­tra­tions to be in pro­por­tion. The il­lus­tra­tions I saw be­ing so ephemeral, I posed those ques­tions. I was then asked if I might do bet­ter. I an­swered with­out think­ing: ‘Yes. Of course.’ Be­cause it could be done much bet­ter.”

A month later Penny con­tacted Dar­rell and asked him to meet her at the fa­mous Pinewood Stu­dios. “Film has changed my prac­tice en­tirely. It af­fords me more time in my own stu­dio to de­velop and do my own thing – sim­ply be­cause it’s pretty well paid and I’m not try­ing to chase down work all the time.

“Recog­nise that you’re a com­mod­ity and cre­ate within it. Don’t be afraid to talk about money. It’s what be­ing a pro­fes­sional is. Re­search, ob­serve all other forms of art, cre­ate your own brand and en­joy it.”

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