“It’s important to dream as big as possible” – Interview with Shooting Beauty founder Nina Malone
- Annabelle Slator
- On 8th May 2014
Nina Malone went from professional model and producer to the founder of the incredibly successful Shooting Beauty. Intern Magazine talks to her about how and why she made the career move…
Explain how Shooting Beauty works. What services do you offer to members?
Shooting Beauty is a support service and resource for all freelancers, we offer business advice, industry contacts, paid jobs, assisting placements/work experience, testing roles along with business mentoring and portfolio critiques.
What gave you the inspiration to start up Shooting Beauty?
Shooting Beauty is access to everything I wish I had when I finished my degree. In the past, younger creatives and people new to freelancing often came to me for creative or business advice. So I started a Facebook page where I could address these issues and Shooting Beauty grew from there.
Shooting Beauty helps creative freelancers realise their full potential.
Describe your average working day.
Mainly consulting with start up businesses and people new to freelancing, I spend the majority of my day offering advice to new businesses and critiquing portfolios and CVs. Most of the time I feel like a ‘shoulder to cry on’; freelancing can be a really lonely profession and most new businesses just want to speak to someone that has been in their position, someone then can off load their business worries to.
Nina Malone, Founder of Shooting Beauty and every freelancer’s heroine.
What does the future look like for Shooting Beauty?
Well, we are in our 2nd year of running shootingbeautyabroad.co.uk so I hope this will continue to grow and we can offer workshops in more locations worldwide. In general I really just hope to be able to engage with as many freelancers as possible whilst offering the support that is needed. I really think there needs to be more support for freelancers in all aspects of their professional and personal life, I hope Shooting Beauty can offer this.
Shooting Beauty Abroad is an amazing opportunity for creative individuals to produce unique portfolio work.
If you could give any advice to young people trying to break into the industry, what would it be?
I think it’s important to dream as big as possible and never lose sight of this. I always suggest to new businesses that they should shadow and assist a more experienced freelancer/business, so they can see what their day to day job would be like. I would also suggest networking as much as humanly possible and to force yourself to connect with people outside your normal social group and networks. Research, research, research your dream job/industry as much as possible and really try and embrace the industry!