Meet our Community: Cotton Court Resident Emanuela Mae Agrini
This week we had a quick catchup with our newest Cotton Court resident creative freelancer Emanuela, who told us a bit about herself and her creative work
Tell us a bit about yourself and your business?
Hey there! I am originally from Genoa, a seaside city in Northern Italy; my business was born there about ten years ago and bounced around a bit before moving to Belfast. My idea has always been to offer written communication for companies and individuals, but over time my core is moving more and more in the direction of a mix between visual and written communication. Although I still deal most of the time with content writing and copywriting (both in Italian and in English), I am developing some projects that can combine visuals and words, in the context of graphic facilitation, graphic recording and illustrated content.
Any projects you’re currently working on?
I am hoping to launch soon a new personal website dedicated to my work and clients, plus I am working on a project about narrative reportage and illustration. In Belfast or while traveling I meet all the time awesome and interesting people, and I would like to tell their stories. Fingers crossed I can make it real soon.
What was the biggest hurdle for you starting out and how did you overcome it?
When I started as a freelancer ten years ago, the main obstacle was to convince companies and clients that remote work is still work: the mentality was very different from today and there was a lot to work to do on it. I always supported remote work and for long periods I have been traveling while working between the countries. Today luckily things seem to have changed.
How do you stay creative/inspired?
I pass pretty much all my free time reading books, drawing, and painting and when possible, I travel to see new places and meet new people. I love also to be around the city the more I can to listen to the stories of random people I meet. When I want to recharge, I go to the sea, which is my happy place.
What piece of software/ tool/ equipment would you struggle to run your business without?
I have a double soul, half digital and half analog: on the one hand, I couldn’t work without my MacBook Pro and iPad; on the other, my charcoal, gouache and sketchbooks are fundamental.
What’s your top tip/piece of advice for anyone wanting to work for themselves/ start their own creative business?
Just make sure you are into it with all your energies and passion, and love every moment of it 🙂
Where can people find you online?
At my art practice website https://emanuelamaeagrini.art/, on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/emanuela_mae_agrini_art/ and on my work in progress website https://emanuelamaeagrini.com/