gal-dem’s Liv Little on how to launch your big idea

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

Little is founding editor-in-chief of gal-dem, an award-winning magazine written by women of colour and non-binary people of colour, for all to explore. She founded the magazine while she was studying at Bristol University and wanted to reach out to other women of colour because she was frustrated by the lack of diversity on offer.

After her panel, Little offered some words of encouragement to young people who have their own great idea, but don’t necessarily know how to launch it. “I didn’t really know where to start. I didn’t necessarily have a very clear strategic plan and I think that’s OK,” she recalled. “That doesn’t mean you don’t need to do your research, but I do think it’s about being a bit brave, a bit bold, and just throwing ideas out there.”


“I always have lots of ideas for things and often they don’t become a reality,” Little continued. “That’s part of the process. Really give things a good go but also be prepared for things not to work out – that’s not a reflection on you being a terrible person. Sometimes you can learn a lot from the times things fail.”

Discussing how to remain motivated when an opportunity doesn’t work out, she added: “It’s about realising that there will be other opportunities. You have to be very proactive in trying to find opportunities because there are so many people who want to operate in what is a relatively small space. Just try to be resilient and don’t take things too much to heart. Have the faith that if it didn’t happen in this time, it wasn’t meant to happen in this time. There was a better moment for that thing to come through.”

Watch the full interview with Liv Little below.

Also speaking on the Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was 18 panel were MOBO founder Kanya King MBE, University of Salford lecturer Dr Kirsty Fairclough, and Universal Music UK’s Head of Communications Jonathan Badyal. 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 on Thursday 23 November. Here’s the full story of the event in pictures.