AS ONE CHAMPIONS drives at uncovering impactful projects; Peeling back the layers to reveal the amazing people striving forward, all the lessons learned along the way and whats up next. As a community we're all about uniting positive, ambitious and innovative characters.

Read on, soak up these AS ONE CHAMPIONS, connect the dots and give these guys some love.

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1. Tell us about you/your company/project. 

I head up MAYN Creative, a new photography & video agency within Falmouth University with support from Hannah my graduate intern. Our name is a Cornish word which means mediator and that's exactly what we do - negotiating creative briefs for a range of clients on behalf of our emerging photographers and video makers. We have been working under the radar for the last year but this month are celebrating the launch of our new website with exhibitions in both London and Falmouth

2. What is your deep reason for choosing the path you're taking? 

I've always enjoyed working with new talent. I previously worked as a Photo Editor in the charity and media sectors and was fortunate enough to work with some incredibly brilliant established photographers. Yet I often found the really innovative projects evolved when we worked with new photographers with new ideas.  Working alongside untapped talent provides constant new challenges which keeps things interesting.

Coastline, Harry Lawlor

Coastline, Harry Lawlor

3. What is the big dream, or legacy you're creating?

I'd like to see creative industries operate with more of a level playing field and so if MAYN can consistently support young creatives to reach their potential then I feel we're contributing to this ambition.

4. What piece of advice would you give to your younger self? and at what age would this be?

Let go of your fears and embrace the chaos. Probably about twelve just before I spiralled into my shoe gazing indie teenage years.

Otter Surfboards, Harry Lawlor

Otter Surfboards, Harry Lawlor

5. What companies/projects inspire you?

I'm driven by inclusivity and have been recently inspired by the work of "The Cornubian Arts & Science Trust (CAST) in Helston They deliver an international arts programme which encourages connection outside of Cornwall. Also my friend Duncan who runs "Gorilla Arm" an app agency in Barcelona - he has the best energy and forever inspires me to take risks and try new things.

6. What does your industry/cornwall/location need to see more of?

Collaboration (not competition)

7. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on now?

We have a conceptual video project on the go which I'm really excited about as well as some innovative community partnership projects. We're also launching a new photography zine in 2018 called "intro" which is all about showcasing new student work. I'm always pushing for opportunities to be propositional with our creative so as to push the boundaries.

Boat Builder, Laura Bailey

Boat Builder, Laura Bailey

8. What problem in the world do you see that you’re fixing?

I've been refilling the same plastic washing up bottle for over ten years now. I'm not fixing anything but I'm conscious of the  consumer choices I can make to reduce my human footprint.

9. If you could go back, what's one thing you would have done differently?

Nothing. Every experience, both good and bad has guided me to this point and I'm very happy to be here.

10. Who has been the most help to you along the way? And why?

A combination of my good, inspiring, optimistic and determined friends and my ever pessimistic family. Oh and some kick ass female professional mentors also.

Who do you need to be connected to? Who can help you? We can mention this also and spread the good word.  

We're a community driven agency and keen to connect with start-ups and businesses who are looking to grow in Cornwall.  For us it's all about finding new ways to engage and create wider opportunities. 

How can people get in touch?

Greenpower Event, Ellie Smart

Greenpower Event, Ellie Smart