Creative Access, Expectation Entertainment, CreatHers

Hi all,

I have heard many people exclaim that they are not where they want to be and that they are certainly not working in the industry they are actually passionate about. As cliche as this may sound, nothing is impossible. If you truly have the desire to achieve something, you can. However, it takes a lot of research, perseverance and self-belief to make a dream come into fruition.

I am a freelance television production and development researcher. I am currently working at Expectation Entertainment, which is a new production company founded by a former ITV director of television and a previous president of Endemol Shine Group. In general, I conduct research and develop formats and ideas for broadcast and digital shows.

My career thus far has consisted of me working on popular factual entertainment programmes for major broadcasters including, Channel 4, ITV, BBC One and E4.

I initially heard about Creative Access via a friend who also works in television. I cannot express enough how glad I am to have been told about this charity as it really helped to further progress my career. Nonetheless, it took a lot of research, networking and hard work before I actually came into contact with such opportunities.

I have always been passionate about being the first point of call when it comes to referring people work or assisting people with potential work related opportunities – friends will vouch for that. I’m usually that person who will say things like, ‘oh I know so and so who could do that job, or oh this person is great at doing this and that’. I’m always trying to connect people.

Working in the television industry and being the person I am made me realise that I want to be able to provide other creatives with more opportunities. A friend called Shini James approached me in the beginning of the year and proposed we organise an event for female creatives and entrepreneurs. She had just launched an online platform called The SheLancers Hub to help female creatives.

She said, “I created The SheLancers Hub after noticing that the majority of the TV productions I was working on largely consisted of a male workforce. Stereotypically, women would take up secretary and coordinator roles. The notion behind this event is to break boundaries and support women who want to increase their opportunities”.

We want to bring women together in the form of vision board parties and networking events such as the one we are organising on the 23rd of April 2017 at 4pm called CreatHers: Envision My Dreams.

CreatHers as a brand will host various female creative and entrepreneurial events in the form of networking, collaborations and vision board parties. The purpose is to give female creatives and businesswomen from various industries the chance to meet and network with an array of fellow female professionals, whilst receiving advice and tips from other successful women. The notion is that by the end of the day, each attendee would have collaborated with likeminded women, thus creating their own unique one to five year vision board.

There will be an industry panel which will include Joanna Abeyie, journalist and founder of Shine Media and Hyden Talent.

One thing I will certainly be getting from the event is how I can further market and promote my blog – hettyash.com and how I can progress it to the next level. Each attendee will definitely benefit from such an event, which I’m proud to be a part of.

Tickets to the CreatHers event can be purchased via Eventbrite.

HettyAsh xx

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In The Navy – The Look

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Hey lovelies,

It’s been a long time coming! I haven’t released a fashion based post in a while, but that’s not to say that I don’t love dressing up, looking fly and hitting the streets.

I have a massive confession to make, I don’t always ‘dress up’. In fact, there are more times where I dress down and rock the very casual look and make my way. On this note, I thought I should reflect that in today’s outfit. You can dress up and hit the road but still look and feel fabulous.

I can’t continue without saying Happy Easter Sunday. As a Christian I fully understand the importance of this time. In fact, this celebration holds a weightier value than any other, including Christmas. No, it’s not because of the bunnies and the chocolate eggs as that doesn’t actually have anything to do with the true meaning of the Passover, or otherwise known as Easter. Check out my blog on Easter.

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I have to say that I absolutely love where I took this photo and the photographer @ry_1shot is a true professional. He managed to capture my outfit with a beautiful blue like scenery to compliment my theme.

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I call this ‘In The Navy’. Why you ask? Well, I’m definitely all blue-ed out if you know what I mean. I’m wearing a navy coloured polyester top and a navy coloured and navy looking tailored jacket.

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I came across the top and grabbed it as the texture and material is very unique. It is an everyday top that is not ‘everyday’. I say this as it’s rare that I come across a top that looks and feels like this one does.

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The burgundy trousers are so smart but can also be worn in a more casual and subtle way. Girls, burgundy and navy colours match so perfectly that I feel every lady should have these colours in their wardrobe.

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So there you have it ladies – my ‘In The Navy’ fashion look.

What’s your navy look?

Photographer – Ry_1shot

Top – Ax Paris (New Look)

Jacket – Next

Trousers – Next

HettyAsh xx

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What is the meaning of Easter?

I thought I’d write a short post about my thoughts on Easter and what it means. Easter is far more important than any other occasion including Christmas. As a Christian and as a follower of Christ I am forever grateful for the love Jesus had and still has for me. Jesus is God and God is Jesus, they are the same.

Jesus existed before he came as a man on earth and he exists now. He came as a man for this specific purpose – to die for our sins. As humans we are floored in so many ways, we make mistakes, we’re not always right and we do wrong against one another.

It was on a Friday at 3pm when He said “it is finished”.

‘When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit” – John 19:30

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” – John 15:13. Jesus didn’t have to die for us, but as He loved us he wanted to give us the opportunity of being saved and give His spirt to us to help us along our journey.

Jesus died for everyone, he allowed himself to be crucified. He resurrected after three days because death itself could not contain Him. He was and is perfect. He took our burden and our sins on that cross thus it is written;

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” – Galatians 3:13.

Jesus was a curse on the cross. For this reason, along with the sole fact that Jesus is alive and has risen, I do not wear or condone crosses that have an image on them.

It is a very special time and a wonderful celebration. I accept this occasion, I accept Jesus’ death on earth for my sins.

What about you? What are your thoughts?

HettyAsh xx

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CreatHers Event – Guest Speakers, Early Bird Tickets and More, 23.4.17

This is for the creative, professional and ambitious ladies out there!

How are you girls doing?

I have to say that I’m so excited about the CreatHers: Envision My Dreams event. It will be a three hour, power packing, fun jerking, career focused event for female creatives, entrepreneurs and business women.

It will be held at a fancy hotel in Blackfriars, London on the 23rd of April at 4pm until 7pm. Doors will open at 3pm and close at 4:45pm.

This fabulous, ambitious and exciting event is specifically for those who want to network, collaborate and envision their own ambitions and goals within their career.

The networking segment will be the perfect opportunity to build contacts and network with likeminded individuals, sharing your experiences, career journey and everything in between. There will be performances by two amazing spoken word artists known as, Stephanie Ampofo and POAMZ. There will also be a singer with an incredible voice called Diamantina.

I have frequently been asked what a vision board party is so here’s my go at explaining it as concise as possible. A vision board party is where people get together in a form of an event and create their own unique vision board to help them undertake their goals, plans and ambitions for the near future. It usually consists of magazine cut outs, pictures and sometimes specific items and materials. The purpose is to assist you in enacting your future plans in an organised, efficient and fun way.

There will be a vibrant and energetic DJ, known as DJ ST. She is the station manager at Roundhouse Radio and has previously worked for Capital Xtra and Reprezent Radio.

Of course, we had to have an industry panel sharing their nuggets of wisdom on the day. The aim is for each guest speaker to be able to provide a different outtake and perspective to a variety of creative industries.

Our guest speakers are:

Joanna Abeyie – Journalist and founder of award winning Hyden Talent and Shine Media. Joanna is a true inspiration. Have a look at her Twitter profile to find out more on the programmes and masterclasses including the BBC Journalism Workshop. I remember attending one of her ‘An Audience With’ events. It was so insightful and inspiring. I attended the ‘An Audience With Sir Trevor McDonald’. How amazing!

Vaby and Joanne – founders of Nunude, a brand that provides clothing for all skin tones.These ladies are amazing. These businesswomen saw a niche and a demand in the fashion industry that just had to be filled. Not only do they work to ensure that nude coloured clothing is nude for all shades, but they also champion diversity within their campaigns.

Jen and Jay – founders of Hustle & Heels Ladies Lunch and Hair-iD Virgin Hair Specialists. These ladies are really making waves. They host their own unique events where they bring together female professionals in a relaxed restaurant environment to have lunch whilst learning from industry leaders. They also own an online hair boutique that specialises in pure, unprocessed virgin hair extensions and installation techniques.

Jade Keshia Gordan – freelance fashion and beauty photographer and creator of JKG Photography. Jade knows how to work the camera. Her work has been featured on Thrds, Cosmopolitan and Elle. She photographs social media influencers and big names in the blogging sector. Although photography is a very competitive industry, she has been able to make a name for herself and succeed, not only as a photographer but as a freelancer also.

Each guest who purchases a general admission/early bird ticket will receive the entire benefits of the event, including a goodie bag each and the chance to participate in not one, not two but a minimum of three giveaways!

Did I mention there will be free confectionery and a bar available?

Oh, yes, you read right, there are early bird tickets on offer, but only until Wednesday the 12th of April. There are limited spaces available so ladies, grab your tickets whilst they’re still available.

Tickets can be purchased here

 

HettyAsh xx

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Under Achievement Means Unattractive Mess

Hey guys and dolls,

I know it’s been a while since you’ve had a post from me. I hope you all enjoy reading this, you can thank me later lol.

So what do I mean by underachievement equals unattractive mess?

Well, speaking for myself I believe attractiveness is not based solely on looks but also on the persons personality, and where the person sees themselves in the future, and what footprints they have already left behind in pursuing this goal.

I will elaborate further. To take an example, when I used to go on dates, I would normally pick a man, who’s personality and attitude complimented mine. So being the hard working person I am, I instinctively would be drawn to a man who was more ambitious, and achieving more than I was.

So there was this particular time in my life when I thought I had met the man of my dreams. In the beginning he seemed so cool, so well established and full of life. But when I started to peel back the layers of onion skin, I began to see a completely different person. They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but I would go on to say don’t judge a book by what it  exposes to you within the first few pages. You must dare to read and go further if you really want to know how the story ends.

Okay so back to this guy, his schedule would always seem so busy, and when he would explain what he did as a living, well I could hardly believe what I was hearing. I was so impressed, and I would get so excited whenever he would invite me out. But as time went by, I would notice that the majority of plans he had, had not come into fruition. I tried to ignore it at first and I would make excuses up in my mind for the reasons why his personality was changing. Also I felt a little sorry for him. Until the day came when slowly but surely he was expecting me to pay for his lifestyle. So when we went out to dinner he expected me to pay, when we went to the cinema he expected me to pay, gosh I even learnt how to drive before he did, and you guessed it, he expected me to drive him around!

So there I was thinking, how this attractive man could do a 380 degrees turn around on his personality, attitude and achievements. Was he playing a character all along? Is this his way of luring people in? Or did his life take a significant turn downhill? I truly don’t know the answers to these question, but one thing I do know is underachievement equals unattractive mess. So guys and girls understand that being attractive is not all about how good you look but also all the good things you have achieved.

xo Asiabee

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