Welcome to our ongoing Q&A feature, where we introduce a member of the Artfinder team to our community. This time, we speak with Megan, our Support and Operations Advisor.
Q: Could you start by introducing yourself to our community?
Hey all, I’m Meg and I am London born and raised even though I’m a country girl at heart. I love books and have a degree in both English Literature and Acting & Screen Performance.
Q: How long have you worked with Artfinder and what is your role in the company?
I am a Support and Operations Advisor and I’ve worked at Artfinder now a little over a year. My team is usually the first point of contact for both artists and customers when help is needed so I’ve probably spoken to many of you already!
Q: What have been your highlights of working with Artfinder so far?
I imagine everyone says the same but it really is the people who make Artfinder. We are a close-knit workforce and we all know we are there for one another should we need it!
It’s also my first job working in a creative environment and I love browsing the new artwork (and favouriting everything) on the website each morning. I’ve bought four pieces already and I’ve got my eye on many more.
Q: Do you come from a creative background? Do you engage in creative activities yourself?
I like to think of myself as a creative individual, and there certainly isn’t a type of art I haven’t tried to master at some point. I find painting when I’m feeling low is a great way to express those difficult thoughts and feelings, and get them out and onto a page.
However, my true passion is writing. As with many people who enjoy writing, the dream is to get a book published. I love writing both gothic/thrillers and also children’s short stories so, a little bit of everything!
Q: What does working for a B Corp mean to you?
One of the reasons I was so drawn to working at Artfinder was the B Corp status. I’ve worked at so many different companies who don’t care about their clients, employees, and certainly not the environment. I adore knowing that just by me working here each month a tree is planted in my name and we are now encouraging other companies to make a difference.
Q: What do you like doing in your spare time?
I used to love solo travelling, but maybe we’ll brush past that for now.
Aside from writing, the gym used to be my important place. But since Covid, I have found so many other fun ways to keep fit which doesn’t involve a dumbbell. I really enjoy rollerskating, long walks in the woods, and even bodyweight workouts in the garden. It’s definitely made me rethink my view on fitness in the best possible way.
Q: How have you been coping with the recent Covid situation and do you have any words of advice for anyone who is not coping well with it?
The first initial lockdown in 2020 I found to be a breeze. I was unable to work at my previous job and the weather in the UK was the best we’ve had… ever? I did the classic outdoor workouts, banana bread baking, and practically tie-dyed everything I own — including the neighbour’s cat, which is a story for another time.
After the novelty had well and truly worn off and I started working from home, I definitely felt a shift. I think dark winter months are hard enough without the promise of another lockdown looming over us all. The best advice I can give is what seems to work for me, so if you can, get up and out just before sunrise. Go for a walk, a run, a skip, it doesn’t really matter but get your heart going and end your walk on a bench in your local park. I have found that watching the sunrise every day just puts everything into perspective and it’s five minutes of peace where I don’t have to worry about anything.
Q: If you could take only three items with you to a desert island, what would they be?
I’d like to start by saying that being deserted on an island all by myself sounds absolutely ideal right now. In terms of items, I’m an avid reader, so I’d definitely need to bring a good book, possibly Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandl — it’s timeless and I never get sick of it. Next, a small video camera would come in handy for filming my slow descent into madness — I give myself a week. And finally, a boat. Not to escape or anything, I’ve just always wanted a boat.
Q: Finally, do you have any message for our community?
I just want to thank you all, we wouldn’t be here without you. And to let you all know that when you send us lovely messages via email, it honestly makes our day and we share it with the whole team. So thanks again, stay safe, and keep creating!