More Than A Designer. I'm A Maker, Marketer & Mentor.
I'm a thirty-something creative mostly fuelled by coffee and crisps. I spend a lot of my time in leggings and jumpers, geeking out about all things design and searching for cheap flights on the internet.
Just three years ago I was swirling around in my office chair under the fluorescent lights above my desk, knowing I was not where I was meant to be. I was running my creative side biz in the evenings and on weekends whilst my corporate job left me overworked and underpaid. Most days you'd find me trying to 'Google' my way out of my office job and in to the life and business I desperately wanted.
IN FEBRUARY 2015, I GOT SOME LADY BALLS AND QUIT MY DAY JOB.
Let me tell you, it felt like glitter was shooting out of my eye sockets the moment I walked out of that office and into the exciting world of entrepreneurship. Today I get to work with creatives just like you to show you how to make a living doing something that you love. I spend my days at Make & Market HQ (which is wherever in the world me & my laptop are hanging out) creating programmes, working one-to-one with clients, mentoring young people, teaching online classes & webinars, and networking with incredible creative bosses.
I love the high vibe atmosphere of working with a creative who is determined to make a living doing something they love - for me, it doesn't get much better than that.
I'M ALL ABOUT...
Working for love & not just for money
Travel & experiences instead of 'things'
Binge-watching Grey's Anatomy
Paying it forward
Education = freedom
Oversized jumpers & slipper socks
Family & true friendships
Coconut cappuccinos & pinot grigio
Minimal living & capsule wardrobe
Community over competition
Feeling the fear and doing it anyway
Growing up in the seaside town of Felixstowe in the UK, Carly studied A Levels in Psychology, Textiles, Business and Economics at her local sixth form and later relocated to the North of England to attend University. It was here, she discovered her passion for graphic design and marketing.
Carly followed her heart home to Suffolk, and spent most of the next 10 years in Ipswich doing the side business ‘hustle’, working as a designer in her free-time, all the while climbing the corporate ladder as a marketing executive.
After years of dreaming about running her own business, Carly, as she puts it, finally got the 'lady balls' to give up the security of her full time day job and guaranteed salary to pursue a life less ordinary. Since that courageous day she's linked arms with talented creatives and worked on a number of exciting design projects whilst travelling the world. Alongside Make & Market, Carly mentors young people and champions mental health awareness in her role as the Production Manager of Student Life, a multi award-winning community interest company and lifestyle publication.