Our co-founder Maisie Williams is going to be touring the UK visiting universities to speak about her career and why she launched daisie. The focus will be on organising talks with unis that have courses specialising in the creative arts. Maisie will go into detail about how she broke into the industry, struggles she had to overcome and how daisie provides a level playing field for creators by removing the popularity contest and instead putting value on skillset. She'll share tips & tricks that she's learnt along the way, as well as an honest perspective from a 21 year old on the industry as a whole.
Why Universities are so important to us
Graduating can be a stressful and daunting time for students. Often after graduating, students feel immense pressure to find a job. Success takes a variety of forms, yet those with connects tend to generally do significantly better. This issue is especially relevant in the creative industries, where pursing a career or getting your 'break' is usually dictated by who you know and not necessarily what you know.
This is why Universities are so important to daisie, we want to promote the importance of collaboration and explain how daisie can be used as a tool to further creative individuals careers. Daisie hopes to alleviate some of the struggles creators face when trying to break into the industry, by getting them a foot in the door. All it takes is the one amazing contribution or a significant connection to set off your career, and that's the platform that daisie wants to provide. It's also important to highlight that daisie aims to solve the 'Messy Middle' in creative projects by encouraging the sharing of works in progress. It's far more likely this way that team members are going to be built around the potential of your work and the project as a whole.
daisie isn't just a linked-in for creatives; you don't need to be pursing a career in the creative industries to use the platform. Daisie provides a space where students can expand their ideas through cross collaboration across different courses, an ability massively lacking in the creative arts at the moment. For example, a filmmaker may require musicians for a project or a artist may wish to collaborate with a photographer. This could all be done within a University, through daisie. We not only want to establish a daisie community, but also to encourage universities to establish their own creative communities that can be facilitated with the tooling on daisie.
Youth & Community are at the core of daisie. We are a platform built with the sole purpose of re-establishing the way in which creators can get their break & find contacts in their industry. Offline connections are made every day at University and with collaboration being an incredibly important factor in creative growth it's essential that those connections can be created outside of the creators own city. daisie is an extension of the connections made at University, providing a home for potential collaborations to blossom and building upon the commitment of these young people to enrol in a creative subject.
We're looking for creatives to stand up and show themselves. Regardless of the stage in your creative journey, it's imperative that your stories, thoughts and work is shared to facilitate growth. Inspiration can be found everywhere, and there's a real reward in being recognised for your contributions to a community close to your heart and passion.
Where are we going?
We're interested in Universities with courses that specialise in the creative arts. This can be anything from art, film, fashion, photography, music, literature and so on. We're looking to create an ongoing relationship with Universities to encourage students to explore their creative side. Therefore the talk will be the first of many potential daisie events in Universities, such as workshops, product feedback sessions and even employment.
Universities that we have already scheduled talks at include:
- University of the Arts London
- Goldsmiths, University of London
- The University of Cambridge
- St Andrews University
- Bath Spa University
- The University of Southampton
- Southampton Solent University
- Coventry University
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- Loughborough University
- The University of Durham
- The University of Stirling
How to get in touch
If you would like Maisie to visit your university and give a talk, let your arts faculty or careers department know! If they're interested, they just have to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can start organising it.
How to get a ticket
Tickets to the talk will be free of charge and will be handed out by the University. All we ask, is that students download the daisie app, prior to the talk. That way, you will have an understanding of the app and we can answer any questions you might have on the day.
If you're a student and want to skip the daisie queue before a scheduled talk, just sign up, join the queue with your student email and email us at: email@example.com. Please make sure you put in your University in the email subject, ie: St Andrews: Queue Jump. This will help us be as prompt as possible with your fast track.