In the last year, I’ve met more and more women managing more than one career. Gone are the days that you are forced to pick one job and stick to it, with millennials taking charge of their own destiny by following all their passions at once. This could not be more true than for Bethany Grace, visual artist and more. I checked in with Bethany to get the low down on how she juggled it all and stays inspired. Check out a day in her very busy and inspiring work-life!
Tell us a little bit about what you do?
I’m currently working within a few fields, I work on visuals, press & marketing for REEK Perfume, run a biannual online magazine called SYN Magazine, freelance in photography & graphic design and I’ve just started assisting at ‘A Visual Agency’ in Glasgow this month. I find that some months I work in one field better than another, and this month I’d say I was more a graphic designer than anything else, but in other months I could be something else or a combination of all four.
How did you get into this business?
In my early teens I knew I wanted to do something creative, my brother was a natural musician and I kept kicking myself because I just hadn’t found my thing yet. I’ve always had a thing for coding, creating websites & graphic design, I think I began experimenting with code & the adobe suite from the age of 13, and I think this naturally migrated to visuals in general. I took up photography at the age of 15 and progressed to find my passion for fashion photography.
What time do you get up at?
Sometimes I wake up at 7:30 in the morning and other times at 10am, it just depends on what I have scheduled for the day. I can’t tell whether freelance life is cursed or heavenly when it comes to waking up in the morning.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Sadly I’m that person who checks their phone. Running a magazine whose contributors come from all over the world means I tend to get emails from Australia & the USA over the course of the night, so it’s always good for me to catch up before I start the day.
What do you have for breakfast?
Generally, nothing. I’m not really a breakfast person unless I’m waking up before 7am (for some reason my stomach requires food before 7am but not after). If you forced me to eat breakfast though, it would always be Avocado on toast.
How do you keep yourself organised?
I’m a massive fan of Google Calendar, it’s my bff. I tell it when I need to be doing something and it always reminds me 24 hours before.
Tell us how you structure your day…
I’m not the best with structure, finding structure whilst freelancing can be really difficult, especially when you’re working to other people’s schedules. One thing that always happens is a check of my emails before and after bed every day of the year – is that structure? Other than that I have no structure, it’s a day by day thing for me.
What time do you finish work?
I don’t know if I ever finish work, I’m always working on something, whether it’s in my mind or in reality.
How do you wind down?
Long walks and time with friends and family.
What’s your bed time?
I stopped having a bed time the second my mum stopped telling me to go to bed.
Any advice for someone who would like to follow in your footsteps?
Never stop experimenting.