Women Who Create Interview / Lucy Gower
This week we welcome Lucy Gower to the women who create interview series. Coach, consultant and creative strategist Lucy has just successfully completed her first kick-starter campaign and is ready to bring her exciting new project to the world!
Tell us a little about your background...
Armed with a degree in textile design I started my career designing handbags and travelling the world. After being made redundant I took a temp job in a small charity to make ends meet. It turned out that I enjoyed raising money more than designing handbags so I stayed working in the charity sector. When I got an innovation manager role at one of the UK’s biggest children’s charities I really found my ‘thing.’ In 2012 I left ‘proper’ work to freelance. Now I train, coach and consult to help organisations to think differently, be more creative and get better results.
Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy?
Walking is important - it gives me time and space to think. I walk to the top of Alexandra Palace and take in the views of London. I work to lists and diary deadlines. I also structure my day do the hardest work in the morning when I’m at my best.
What two things can't you live without?
My support network of friends and family that encourage me to keep going and stick around when things go wrong.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
My family and friends; I am lucky to have met an amazing troupe of people over the years. Each person is different. Each person is special
What is the meaning of 'creativity' to you?
It’s the ability to come up with ideas. To muse and laugh and put different thoughts together to come up with something new. Its about being curious abd playful, having fun and experimenting.
If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why?
David Attenborough - because he is a legend and he never fails to inspire. I love learning about the living planet and being under the sea.
Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?
Not really – pen and paper to write lists, scribble and doodle.
What is the best thing about running your *business/blog/working for yourself?
Being able to do what I want and be responsible for my own decisions. To work the hours I want, rather than fit into 9-5 and having naps when needed.
And what is or has been the most challenging?
Balancing delivering excellent work for clients and keeping a pipeline of new work with taking time out to play - which is hard when you love your work.
What is your proudest creative moment in the journey so far?
I just reached target on a crowdfund for a new project called The Lucidity Network that I’ve been thinking about for ages. It was scary and emotional and I’m proud I was brave enough to do it - and it worked.
What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey?
Build your troupe; your support network who will help you and tell it like it is. Everyone will have an opinion so listen well but only you have your opinion. Follow your heart and your gut and trust in you.