Behind the Business: Hannah Presdee

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What exactly do you do for work?

I work as a graphic designer and I work freelance as a illustrator / designer.

When did you find the work you love?

I found the arts when I was little. I’ve always been into performing and creating things. I didn’t really feel comfortable with the work I loved doing until very later on. I think 2016 was a big year for me in regards to movement and finding what I wanted to do & say.

How did you get to where you are now? What was your journey?

I studied art and design at college then moved onto studying design & illustration at university. I worked super hard during my studies and undertook various internships. I had slight burn out after graduating which taught me ALOT about self care, work & life balance. I pushed through the hard times and I am here where I am today for it.

Looking back, what advice would you give yourself when you were starting out?

Don’t overthink too much. Experiment and don’t rush to find a particular style of working. Everyone is different. Drink less coffee and don’t kiss the Heartbreakers.

How do you stay feeling creative and inspired?

I love chatting to creative individuals. I love hearing people’s journeys, what inspires them. What motivates them. I watch a lot of film and listen to a lot of music. Music keeps me inspired.

What does a good work-life balance look like for you? And how do you maintain it?

I wish I knew the answer to that as even though I practice this, I am still learning. Sleep is important. Exercise and intuitive eating - that does mean eating vegetables, pizza, beer, fruit, drinking lots of water - listening to what my body’s wants! helps me a lot.

How does being a woman affect your work?

I’m a advocate for Social and cultural rights. body positivity. Feminism. Fair pay. I think my work represents a lot of these things. Even if it’s not that obvious at times.

How do you stay motivated when work and life get tough?

I usually take dance class, meet with friends, meditate or talk through things with the people I love.

How do you ensure you practise self care?

Turning the computer off, putting my phone on aeroplane mode, having a long hot bath whilst listening to an audiobook. It’s also important to know self care isn’t always about a face mask and relaxing. Looking after your mental health is super important. That does mean checking in with myself on the daily or writing in a journal.

What does money mean to you?

It actually has never been a motivation for me. I come from a working class background and even though money was a struggle at times, my parents bought my brother and I up to appreciate every little thing around us, nothing was ever money driven. Saying that, I wouldn't mind winning the lottery!

What one piece of money advice would you give to your younger self?

Budget!!

What’s next for you?

Building my way up the design ladder. Creating more. Oh and I’m starting acting classes. I have a lot of creative energy!

You can find out more about Hannah’s work at https://www.hannahpresdee.com/