STORY BY RACHEL SCHWARTZMANN – SHOP THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK – PHOTOS BY Lisa Müller for The Style Line
“I think for people who do creative work for a living,
there’s always that eternal dilemma of how to find the balance between starving artist and corporate shill because doing the creative work you think is valuable and worthwhile very often isn’t compatible with making a decent living,” says our featured interviewee, Otegha Uwagba. “I like to think Little Black Book can play a role in helping creative women find that balance, by offering practical advice on how to make creative work pay.” Case in point, today’s story with Otegha, a London-based writer, brand strategist, and the newly-minted author of Little Black Book which provides authentic and actionable career advice for women everywhere.
For Otegha, the journey to empower women professionally stems from her initial work as the founder of Women Who; a community-driven platform that supports and connects women creatives. Through toolkits, interviews, and events, Otegha has not only been able to amass a likeminded group of innovators but cultivate a movement for those looking for guidance in making their creative ideas a reality. In fact, the idea of doing what one “loves” simply isn’t enough for Otegha, and she contends that letting value lead one’s ambitions is a (bigger) step in the right direction.
Speaking more to that idea, we were excited to have a chance to learn more from Otegha who kindly invited us for a quick coffee at London’s beloved coffee-shop, Grind. There, we chatted more about her unique point of view, past professional experiences, and how personal style plays a role in her many endeavors. Discover our full conversation below, featuring exclusive photos captured by Lisa Müller for The Style Line.