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Take Five with Taragh

Taragh has so many strings to her creative bow, it is easier to ask her to introduce herself!

"I was born in London. I grew up with a passion for painting, drawing and science. I freelanced as a designer. My first job was designing CD covers for a major record label. In my next job I learnt loads about how to design for the web, from Oyster Partners (now LBi). I set up my own company in 2002 called Enfabula. I currently work as a freelance graphic designer and web designer.

"My last five years have been some of the most fun. I hosted a radio show for 18 months, called Radiogirls on MarlowFM. I've learnt to sing, performed live with the band Lo Slung, thoroughly enjoyed a six month music production course at SAE. I've written my own songs and electronic music.

"I have had over 130,000 views of my 233 videos on YouTube. I've done a little teaching at the University for the Creative Arts. I've also squeezed in trips to Thailand and New Zealand.

"I've learnt to act at the Poor School, KXOne and Springboard Drama. I've performed at the Pleasance Theatre and improvised comedy at Oxford House Theatre. I hugely enjoyed performing in the award winning show You Me Bum Bum Train.

"I draw weekly at The Bethnal Green Life Drawing Class and am addicted to digital painting on my phone."

In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
Having new experiences. Working as a creative means every day holds something new, to learn, do or create.

Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
Kuljit Bhamra. He's my creative hero, not because he is a musician, but because he has created a life he loves and has taught many others, including myself to do the same. He is one of the people who has most changed my life, through transforming my attitude to life. He is probably one of the most enlightened and gentle souls you can meet. I want to add my mother and father too; as I get older I understand and value more and more how they have shaped and always encouraged my creativity.

What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
You get one chance to fill your life with great and meaningful experiences. Give up wanting to win arguments, complaining about stuff, "should-have"s and trying to look good.  Instead, face your fears, embrace the ups and downs, take responsibility and create your storybook. You never know when it will be over and yes it really could be tomorrow.

If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
Stop trying to output and get some input. If I get stuck I switch to getting inspired. It might be looking at other creative work or projects. These can sometimes trigger associations and new ideas. Try some random association; open a dictionary, storybook or just get out, have a conversation or go somewhere new.

And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
Handmade and colourful, but practical, and a little bit old and loved. Some custom-made red retro boots.

(Since this blog, Taragh has created a wonderful portrait of me )

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