Jonathan Badyal

Universal Music UK’s Jonathan Badyal on making it in the creative industries

At our NME #Lifehacks event in London last week, Jonathan Badyal joined other leading creatives on a panel discussing the things they wish they’d known at age 18.

Badyal is Head of Communications at Universal Music UK, a major record label that’s home to huge artists including Sam Smith, Bastille, Years & Years and Ellie Goulding. Before that, he worked as a government adviser at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

After the panel, Badyal shared some advice for young people who want to pursue creative careers, recommending that they try as many different things as possible and strive to build their own professional networks. He also spoke about advocating for greater diversity in the creative industries, something he is immensely passionate about. You can watch the full video interview above.

Also speaking on the Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was 18 panel were MOBO founder Kanya King MBE and University of Salford lecturers Kirsty Fairclough and Lyndon Saunders. NME’s Editor-in-Chief Mike Williams hosted the panel.

NME teamed up with University of Salford and youth initiative Create Jobs to lay on the #Lifehacks event at London’s Islington Metal Words last Thursday (23 November). Here’s the full story of the event in pictures.