Viral Careers: Lois O'Hara
13 March 2019
In this series of interviews we’re talking to people about how they got to where they are. Find out about the key moments, and people, in the lives and careers of some of the creative people we most admire.
Name: Lois O’Hara
Tell us about the work you do.
I am a self-employed artist/designer.
What did you want to do when you were 16?
I have always wanted to do something creative and I like to think that if I wasn’t an artist I would be a musician.
Was there a moment that opened up new possibilities and brought you to where you are today?
When I studied Illustration at University, I discovered screen printing which I fell in love with. I loved using all the fluoro inks and along with my passion for surfing, my creative style developed.
Who has influenced your career?
Other artists such as Camille Walala and Lakwena.
What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
You don’t need to rely on the education system to get you somewhere!
Opportunities in the creative industries can be difficult to identify and aren’t always accessible, or visible, to young people from all backgrounds – something that our Viral project aims to change.
Viral is a collaborative learning programme that provides production training, business development, mentoring, showcasing opportunities and peer-to-peer support for a diverse group of 16-25 year olds from Brighton and the surrounding areas.
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