Last week, NME partnered with Create Jobs to hold LifeHacks, an event aimed at getting young people into the creative industries. We had wildly successful guest speakers, great food and attendance from super inspiring, creative NME readers. Here’s what went down.
SBTV founder Jamal Edwards (he’s got an MBE, you know) chatted with NME‘s Leonie Cooper.
Topman’s creative director Gordon Richardson was also on-hand to offer some advice (and was looking suitably dapper).
The event was full of seminars and pointers on how to get ahead in your chosen career.
This guy was probably the best-dressed person at Life Hacks, except for maybe Tinie Tempah.
It was smiles all round all evening.
And our ambitious young guests certainly left an impression.
The Media Trust came down to chat to attendees of the event.
And it was an event were dead proud to host.
NME editor-in-chief Mike Williams greeted the burgeoning creatives.
Did we mention Jamal’s got an MBE?
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NME digital editor Charlotte Gunn (far right) hosted a panel discussion on building your personal brand.
Phil Kemish of youth culture media company Disrupt Ltd, Dumi Oburota of the brand Disturbing London, fashion designer Holly Fulton and comedian Heydon Prowse gave advice during a panel discussion entitled, ‘What I Wish I’d Known In My Twenties’.
Tom Seymour, of Google Creative Lab, enjoyed a captive audience.
We had a little chat with Jamal Edwards MBE on camera and it was great.
Bulletproof coffee kept us going through the evening.
The event was held at the north-east London venue Islington Metal Works.
The pizza restaurant Voodoo Ray’s served up pizza slices literally bigger than your entire head.
Don’t think too hard about the size at this pizza in proportion to the person holding it; it will blow your mind.
The most fun ever: Aardman Animation (the minds behind Wallace and Gromit) invited us to get creative with them.
And here’s a taste of the creativity the Aardman session produced.
We know you’ve heard of brain food – but now, thanks to Moju, we have cold pressed juice for the brain.
Jessops were on hand to capture the moment with the new Fuji X-A3.
LifeHacks proved to be pretty popular.
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Grl Pwr Gang teamed up with Smashbox for a workwear makeover session.
Topman did a workwear makeover too, but for the boys.
It was part social event, part sexy jobs fair.
Guests were also free to pick up NME tote bags full of swag.
Many business cards were exchanged.
Blues-influenced rock band The Indien played a rootsy set.
South London’s A2 played a soulful one too.
And then it was Tinie’s turn.
He was announced as the secret set – a secret that was soon out, thanks to all those camera phones.
Tinie opened with ‘Pass Out’ – a massive song that helped to round off a brilliant day.