10 minutes with Harper’s Bazaar…

Back in July, I was featured in Harper’s Bazaar Work It Out column in which Jo Glynn-Smith meets working women to discuss the secrets to their success, and tips on maintaining a successful work-life balance…

Describe your role

We Are Colony is a global streaming platform that connects passionate fans to great films and exclusive extra content from their favourite talents. As the founder and CEO, I am involved across the board, from hiring a world-class team to raising investment, leading our product development and acquiring content partners.

Describe your career path

I studied marine biology at university, with the long-held ambition to work in natural history film-making, but I soon fell in love with documentary-making. In 2004, aged 23, I founded a TV-production company. After picking up two Bafta awards and a host of others, I moved to digital distribution, first with a role at the global ed-tech start-up, Twig, and then by founding We Are Colony in 2013.

What has been the most positive surprise to you in your career?

The opportunity to move across disciplines. Careers are fluid and should be yours to shape.

What was the most difficult surprise?

That it’s not a meritocracy.

Which skill do you think has been most critical for your success to date?

Networking. I try to create high-value networks offering genuine and mutually beneficial connections, and to be proactive in linking up brilliant people.

What is changing in your industry that excites you?

Everything. Much like in the music industry, the traditional models of distribution and marketing in the film world are being rebuilt. There are enormous opportunities, globally, to change the way fans engage with film, and the routes to market for film-makers.

What advice would you give to someone just coming in to your industry now?

It sounds obvious, but too often in the film industry, the audience is an afterthought. Who you’re making work for, and how you engage that audience, is everything.

What would you like someone to invent to make your life easier?

I’d like someone to uninvent email.

If you could spend your time doing anything you wanted, what would you do?

I’m keen to write – and scuba-dive my way across Indonesia.

What does your dream property look like and where would it be?

I’m buying in east London at the moment, so the dream currently looks like anything that isn’t impossibly small and impossibly expensive.

What is your favourite…

…way to entertain clients or colleagues?
London’s amazing food scene.

…sport to watch?

…sport to do?
Scuba-diving or Pilates.

…accessories for work?
Everything Apple.

Coco Mademoiselle.

…work travel destination?
Los Angeles.

…tickets for you and a friend on a Thursday night?
A Bafta screening.

Plug something else you’re involved in.

If you’re in an early-stage start-up, check out Seedcamp, Europe’s leading “first-round fund”; it offers amazing support and an unparalleled network, and has made a material impact on our growth.

The original article can be found here.

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