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Behind the face of success

Career and life stories from inspiring voices within the creative industry


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  • 12. Poorna Bell, Author, Journalist, Motivational Speaker

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    In this series finale, we gain insights from the remarkable Poorna Bell, a multi-faceted individual - an author, journalist, motivational speaker, and diversity advocate. Poorna's path to success is truly inspiring. She delves into the importance of resilience in a fiercely competitive industry, offering guidance on developing resilience by embracing rejection, cultivating thicker skin, and taking ownership of feedback. Poorna also shines a spotlight on the pressing need for increased diversity within newsrooms, stressing the importance of accurately mirroring real-world events and society's composition. This powerful episode is a must listen!More about Poorna BellPoorna is an award-winning journalist, charismatic motivational speaker, published author and influencer. She works extensively across several areas including women's journalism, women in business, fitness and strength, body image, wellness, mental health and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion. She was the  former UK Executive Editor and Global Lifestyle Head for HuffPost, and now works as a freelance journalist and editor for titles including The Guardian, Red magazine, Stylist, Grazia, Women's Health and the Daily Telegraph. She has become a popular public speaker and event facilitator. Poorna also received Stylist magazine's Rising Star Award at their inaugural Remarkable Women Awards 2019. She’s a published author (you'll find the links to her books below) and she’s a positive influence on body positivity, mental health and using her social platform for good.Her published books include: Chase the Rainbow, In Search of Silence, Stronger, In Case of Emergency. Follow ‘Behind the face of success’ on instagram

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  • 11. Special Edition: Rania Robinson x Visha Kudhail

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    This is a special edition episode recorded live at Soho House. In this podcast, I am joined by a leading figure in the advertising industry and CEO of Quiet Storm - Rania Robinson, to speak about the lessons we’ve learned in leadership and the highs and lows that have come with that. Being an honest and authentic leader when making tough business decisions can be hard to do but in this podcast both Rania and I share a balanced mix of personal experiences, industry insights and practical advice on what types of leadership styles thrive as workplace environments change over the years and the impact it has on people.More about Rania Rania Robinson came to the UK from Egypt at the age of three and started school not speaking a word of English. Her early experiences sparked a life-long passion for forming connections and meaningful communication. Having spent most of her career in non-traditional agencies in both account leadership and strategic roles, she has worked with some of the world’s best-known brands, including: Haribo, Mercedes, Virgin, Google and Coca Cola.Since joining Quiet Storm eleven years ago, she has brought a 360° perspective and new energy to the agency, helping extend its service offer and broaden its sector experience. A passionate exponent of empowering women in the workplace, she is President of WACL (an organisation whose purpose is to accelerate gender equality in the advertising and communication industry). Quiet Storm currently work with the Women’s Equality Party pro bono. Rania is a diversity champion and in 2020 relaunched Create Not Hate, Quiet Storms initiative to get under-represented young people into the creative industries by unlocking their creative potential. Rania is an active participant in D&I initiatives across the industry and a regular commentator on BBC Radio. She features in the IPA’s 2022 iList of the most influential industry role models, was listed in Campaign’s Top 3 Trailblazers of 2021 and their 40 over 40 list of 2022, was on AdAge’s Leading Women list of 2021 and is one of Wearethecity’s 50 trailblazers of 2023.More about Visha Formerly Director of Business Marketing, EMEA at Pinterest, Visha led marketing Pinterest for business audiences across Europe, driving its positioning and awareness across the region over the past 3 years. Prior to Pinterest she worked across YouTube Ads marketing at Google, going on to lead industry brand and reputation for both Google and YouTube in the UK. Before that, she spent twelve years at Thinkbox - the marketing body for commercial TV, leading TV campaigns, large scale events and initiatives with leading industry bodies in the UK. Visha is a 2013 WACL Future Leaders Award winner, and in 2015 co-founded the FUTURES Network to bring all winners together to support and inspire each other as they continue to develop into even stronger female leaders. Visha champions diversity and in 2020 she launched Pinterest’s EMEA chapter of Women@ and then became the Exec Sponsor for the global group. She is a huge supporter of industry initiatives that recognise and celebrate diverse communities. Visha is also an Advisory Board member for OK Mentor, a Committee Board member for Soho House, was awarded 2021 BIMA 100’s Champion for Change and recently was awarded Best Marketing Leader at the 2022 Global Women In Marketing Awards. Visha is also the host and founder of the “Behind the face of success’ podcast series.  
  • 10. Hannah Frankson, Peloton Instructor

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    Hannah Frankson, an Essex-born Peloton instructor, had a strong sense of community growing up, which was influenced by regularly attending church with her family. This sense of community and her desire to help people became central to her journey towards becoming a Peloton instructor and personal trainer in the fitness industry. In this podcast, Hannah tells an honest story of her life growing up and what challenges she met along the way. In fact, in her early years, Hannah aspired to be an athlete, but she experienced what she calls "active and passive fails" that guided her path towards becoming a fitness instructor. Active fails likely refer to specific instances where she tried and didn't succeed in her athletic pursuits. On the other hand, passive fails might refer to missed opportunities or situations where she didn't take action to achieve her goals.Throughout her journey, Hannah has learned valuable lessons from these experiences that made her the success she is today and in this episode she shares what they are and her top tips in making it in the industry. As a Peloton instructor and personal trainer, Hannah plays a vital role in motivating and empowering her audiences. She not only helps them get fit physically but also fosters a positive mindset, encouraging them to believe in themselves, their abilities, and be brave by trying new stuff…solo.  A must listen episode. More about HannahHannah is a Peloton Cycling Instructor and teaches from Peloton Studios London. Prior to Peloton, Hannah was a former competitive triple jumper, who trained alongside Olympic level athletes for seven years. After she finished competing, Hannah discovered indoor cycling, combining her passion for fitness with music and making exercise fun. Hannah is also an experienced Personal Trainer and Fitness Model.
  • 9. Richard Yu, Founder and CEO, YUYU

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    Richard Yu is founder and CEO of YUYU, a wellness brand. In this episode Richard speaks about how his varied cultural background gave him first look at how small businesses worked hard to be successful. Coming  from a media sales background, Richard knows how to be fearless about getting in touch with people to make deals happen. By finding an opportunity to revive a well known (and tired)  product - the hot water bottle, led Richard to bring innovation into the wellness market. In this podcast, we hear more about what it takes to build a business from the ground up and how to maintain motivation via the entrepreneurial spirit especially in challenging economic times. He also shares more about how to combat  loneliness when playing the role of being the sole owner, leader and executor of your own business by focusing on the idea and its purpose. Top tips shared: Be prepared to do the hard work. You’ll be on your own. It’s 5% joy and the rest is success Ask yourself simple things like what do I want to do and where am I going? Be patient with yourselfMore about Richard Born in Sri Lanka, Richard Yu is a visionary entrepreneur and the founder of YUYU, a leading brand specializing in innovative wellness products. With a passion for designing products that enhance well-being, Richard has introduced groundbreaking solutions to the market, including the world's first long hot water bottle and the revolutionary YUYU ICE Recovery Bottle.Driven by a commitment to providing practical and effective solutions, Richard's products have gained global recognition and are trusted by customers worldwide, including athletes and royal households. Through his strategic vision and relentless pursuit of innovation, he has positioned YUYU as a frontrunner in the wellness industry, catering to the needs of athletes, individuals seeking relaxation, and those in need of therapeutic support.With a strong background in business development and a deep understanding of consumer preferences, Richard continues to lead YUYU's growth and expansion. His expertise in product design, marketing, and customer experience has been instrumental in establishing YUYU as a trusted brand that provides people with the tools they need to live healthier, more comfortable lives.
  • 8. Krystal Roxx, DJ

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    Krystal Roxx, is a London based DJ, In this episode Krystal speaks about her experiences first hand of the challenges faced by DJs during the COVID-19 pandemic when live events came to a halt. In response to it, she took it upon herself to diversify her skills and push her boundaries. She embraced the opportunity to stretch herself and explore new avenues in her career. One of the key insights Krystal shares is the importance of slowing down and learning. By taking the time to learn and improve her craft, she discovered that it actually made her more efficient in the long run. This understanding of the art of slowing down helped her become more effective and ultimately enhanced her DJing skills.Top tips shared: Anything that robs your peace of mind must go Try to not attach to the art. Don’t do it for fame. Do it for authenticity Don’t forget to sleepMore about KrystalKrystal Roxx is a London based DJ and producer. She recently released a new track called authenticate which she’s released with international dance powerhouse  - ultra labels. Krystal’s love for dance and the energy she brings has seen her perform at festivals all over the world and alongside the likes of Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Basement Jaxx and Craig David and many more. Her music is also played on the biggest radio stations.
  • 7. Pip Jamieson, Founder & CEO, The Dots

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    Pip Jamieson is the Founder and CEO of The Dots, a diverse and inclusive community platform for professional networking. Pip had a really interesting start to her career starting out working for the British Government to then moving to more creative roles, finally ending up starting up a tech business that has a deeper purpose. With very few tech female founders out there that have a computer science degree, Pip worked out very quickly that all you need to be a tech founder is have a great idea and a brilliant team around you. This  podcast episode provides a candid and insightful exploration of Pip Jamieson's journey as a business woman, addressing work-life balance, personal sacrifices, and the highs and lows of entrepreneurship.Top tips shared: Perseverance - putting one foot in front of the other and keep going Kindness - being a nice person that is helpful. The power of reciprocity is critical.Just do it and you’ll be proud that you have given it a shot More about Pip Pip Jamieson is the Founder and CEO of The Dots, a community platform described by Apple as “Networking for the modern world” with 1 million members worldwide. The Dots licenses its software as a White Label solution to select businesses to help them to grow, engage and monetise their communities. Partners include Apple (EMEA), Soho House (global); University of the Arts London (UK), 180 Strand (global), Frieze (global) and Dazed Media (global).Pip was named by The Sunday Times as one of the Top 100 Disruptive Entrepreneurs innovating in their respective fields, by Founders Forum as one of the Inspiring 50 Women in Technology, and by Adweek as one of the top trailblazing leaders having a positive impact on the world.Being a dyslexic sole female tech founder, Pip has put inclusivity at The Dots’ core. The Dots’ algorithm is based on positivity and kindness and is recognised as a welcome alternative to existing community networking platforms. 
  • 6. Rankin, Photographer, Publisher, Founder

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    Rankin is an iconic photographer, publisher, film director and founder of his own creative agency. In this hour episode we hear about his life growing up and how picking up a camera saved him from a life as an accountant to becoming one of the most recognised and respected  photographers in the world. Rankin shares some brilliant tips and insight on how to get into photography and how aspiring photographers can start their own journey with the help of today’s emerging apps. But Rankin's story doesn't end with photography alone. As his expertise grew, he fearlessly embraced new challenges and took on various roles in the creative industry, which allowed him to be open to new opportunities and not being known for one thing.  He also emphasizes the importance of self-development, therapy and the power of sleep. This episode is a must listen! More about RankinRankin is a British photographer, publisher, and film director. Alongside being head of the eponymous agency RANKIN Creative, which hosts an 80+ strong team that puts strategy, creative and production all under one roof. Through RANKIN Creative, he is best known for work that is on the cultural cusp and leading future trends: producing rule-breaking campaigns for brands such as Unilever, L’Oreal and Samsonite; creating wide reaching projects for charities including Women’s Aid and Macmillan; and shooting music videos for the likes of Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora and Kelis. As a photographer Rankin’s portfolio ranges from portraiture to documentary. He has shot The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Kate Moss, Kendall Jenner and the late Queen to name only a few. As a publisher, Rankin co-founded the seminal magazine Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack in 1991, and has since published the likes of AnOther and AnOther Man, alongside over 40 books and the biannual fashion and culture print and digital platform, Hunger. His photography has been published everywhere from his own publications to Elle, Vogue, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, and Wonderland, and exhibited in galleries globally, including MoMA, New York, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Rankin lives in London with his wife Tuuli and their dogs.