Jazz Shaper: Liv Little

Posted on 20 February 2021

Liv Little is an award-winning Journalist, Creative Director, Author and Curator.

Liv is the Founder of Gal-dem, a media company committed to spotlighting the creative talents of women and non-binary people of colour. Liv has fronted projects for brands such as MAC and Google and has been voted as a future leader, LGBTQI+ broadcaster of the year, and a rising star at WOW. She was also included in the inaugural BBC's 100 Women series. Liv is obsessed with storytelling and has written for a range of outlets including Feminists Don't Wear Pink, The Guardian, Wonderland and Elle Magazine.  She has spoken to audiences of up to 10,000 people and has been recognised as one of the top speakers in Britain by The Dots. 

Highlights

Gal-dem provides a space that doesn’t already exist in media, a really creative space, a dynamic space.

People aren’t necessarily used to hearing different opinions from the communities that we represent.

The first pitch that I did was in front of a huge room of investors and it was the most terrifying experience I have ever had.

I basically stopped working full-time and decided to try and go part-time, type-freelance.

I spent a year learning, studying, working with an amazing woman in business who showed me a lot in terms of how investment works.

There’ll be decisions made about what the kind of next stage of Gal-dem will look like and what we need to do again.

This industry, it can be beautiful and it can also feel toxic. At times I think I’ve got a really beautiful unit of people who I work in the same space as, but who I also really do genuinely love and care for.

I don’t believe in networking for networking’s sake, I believe in just loving and showing that you love the people whose work and whose approach to life outside of work you just genuinely do rate.

It’s been beautiful to watch how all of us have kind of grown and evolved and stepped into our own and are doing all sorts of amazing things across the industry.

I’ve always been a creative person, I’ve always been someone who has loved writing.

I have loved kind of growing a business, I had never intended to be an entrepreneur or a business owner, those things kind of happened quite organically and I’m so grateful to have had these experiences.

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