Freelancer of the Month - 13th March 2019

Holly Patrick and Morgan Seaford

Holly Patrick

Hi, my name’s Holly. I’m a 21-year-old journalist from Warwickshire, I graduated from Goldsmiths last year, and now work in editorial and as a freelance writer.

It sounds very cliché but I’ve wanted to be a journalist since I was about 14. I credit my year 10 English teacher for this after she set us a task to write an opinion piece. From there I started my own blog, partly as a hobby and partly as preparation for university. I published some pieces I’d written at school and started writing more op-ed to establish my voice a little. I then went to Goldsmiths in 2015 to study Journalism and I’ve stayed in southeast London ever since.

Entering journalism in 2018 was odd. The traditional career paths in print seemed very far off for me so I started thinking about digital.

I’ve also dabbled in a bit of photojournalism but that needs a lot of work. After I finished university I continued writing for pleasure and found a job working in editorial for a B2B lead-generation marketing company, which is where the majority of my income comes from.

UnderPinned was the first company to take me on as a freelancer. Though I loved my university course, we weren’t really taught how to market ourselves as freelancers, so I found pitching quite difficult. The reassurance that someone believes in your writing is a feeling like no other, and seeing your first (paid!) by-line is one of the best feelings in the world.

This year I’ve made a mental note to be more ambitious with my pitches. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that you mustn’t beat yourself up over rejections as it can really wear you down. It’s all part of being a freelancer but all that incessant emailing will pay off in the end.

Morgan Seaford

My name is Morgan, I am a bespoke artist who creates wearable art and am based in Mayfair, London.

I am a self-taught artist, painting and drawing any chance I can get. I moved from a small town called Portishead to London 5 years ago to study hand embroidery at The Royal School of Needlework. I then worked for a haute couture fashion brand in Mayfair but it just didn’t live up to my expectations. I’m a creative person who needs to be given free rein in order to stay passionate and motivated. I started painting on my trainers and my career took off from there.

Clients from all around the world send me their luxury items to be hand painted and personalised with any design they wish. As it’s completely bespoke, the artwork requests can be very unique, ranging from portraits of their pets/partners/celebrities, their favourite flower/animal, or even something as small and personal as having their initials hand painted onto their Louis Vuitton bag. I feel very lucky to call this my full-time job.

My art style is a mixture of pop art and realism and always very detailed. Pieces take me anywhere from 36 hours to 100+ hours to create, it all depends on the intricacy and scale of the design. As I am the sole artist, I have a waiting list that varies between 3-8 weeks. I love to take my time and create something really special and one of a kind. I’m lucky enough to have such wonderful and patient clients who are willing to wait for their bespoke art piece.

I have collaborated with and worked for brands such as Harrods, Annabel’s Mayfair, Rolls Royce, MCM and many more. I have also been featured in the Financial Times a couple of times for some pairs of shoes I painted. As of last week, I am now based in a wonderful studio alongside a brilliant tailor and his team in the heart of Mayfair. This is where I paint full time and have 1:1 consultations with clients.

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