It’s Working Women Wednesday. As you know every week we bring you the inspirational stories of women working in Dubai. This week we catch up with the creative illustrator, Natalie Lines founder of Slate Agency….
I didn’t want to be anything other than an illustrator when I was younger, I adored everything creative and involving myself in fashion and beauty.
What is the worst job you have ever had?
It wasn’t the worst job for the typical reasons, as it was relevant to my craft, however I worked somewhere, where it felt enormously dead-end with no progression, in an area where I had no desire to live and although I learnt a lot of technical skills, I wasn’t satisfied and felt very suffocated at the possibility that if I stayed there I wouldn’t achieve anything. I really do think it’s as valuable to learn what you don’t want from life as much as what you do want out of it.
What was your journey like to get to the position you are in now?
I was always eager to freelance as an illustrator and in the design world however I found that university wasn’t the route for me as they didn’t see the opportunity and importance of working digitally and wanted to teach more traditional methods. So, I taught myself to draw on photoshop, and worked hard freelancing, building my design portfolio for a few years in editorial, regularly illustrating beauty and fashion features for glossy magazines such as NYLON, Company, working with L’oreal, Kate Moss and other big brands.
Moving to Dubai after living in Spain for around a year was the best career move I have ever made! I have had so many more opportunities since I co-founded my agency here and took more time to work on my blogging and illustration work.
Describe your typical work day?
Every day is different which is what I love! I enjoy shooting new content for my blog when I’m traveling and wearing new designers, For our creative Agency I’ll be working on graphics for clients, shooting products and working on growing the business.
What are the best and worst things about your job now?
Never having a routine. A day can be super short or I could be working through the night for a super tight deadline. Although it can be a little bit challenging, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
What advice would you give to any women who wanted to work in your industry
I think in general being ambitious and kind will get you far, and surrounding yourself with people you want to be like.
Is there another dream role you would still like?
I still have so much I want to achieve in terms of designing and opening businesses; I definitely want to create a line of products with my illustrations on phone cases, clothes, accessories etc.
What would be your backup career and why?
I couldn’t imagine working in another industry, to be honest. I think it would just be a side step to something still in a creative path.
Love The Working Bees