Event recap: Taking A Leap panel

There were many lessons shared at our recent panel event: Taking A Leap, hosted by The Leap Stories author Kylie Lewis and featuring esteemed panellists Kemi Nekvapil, Karishma Kasabia, and Julia Busuttil-Nishimura.

While the room of 30 creative thinkers sipped Remedy Kombucha and nibbled locally-made chocolate from Ratio, Kylie Lewis introduced the panel and their myriad accomplishments.

Despite backgrounds that spanned graphic design, fashion design, teaching, acting, cooking, coaching and book-authoring, the panelists had many resonant tales of pursuing careers that captured their hearts and minds.

Despite not always knowing what lay ahead, the panellists discussed how it felt to 'leap' toward a new career path.

Kemi shared her feelings of guilt leaving a highly paid and well regarded career in London's West End to travel and begin a career in food. A series of lucky events lead her to meeting her partner and relocating to Australia, starting a family, and eventually pivoting towards her true passions: coaching (with a side of raw foodie-ism!)

Karishma described her bewildered feelings during new motherhood (something many audience members could relate to!) and talked about the experiments with photography, writing and resin art that she undertook in an attempt to define her new creative identity. Her attitude towards starting a business in fashion - without formal training - was particularly invigorating: 'You don't need to know how to do something, you just need to know how to figure out how to do something.' A nice spin on the old 'fake it til you make it' idea!

Julia shared her experiences balancing a 'day job' with building side hustle - something that lead to burnout and unfulfilled creative desires. She also talked about her experience of charging for her services based on value, and how she says 'no' if the remuneration isn't right.

All in all, as Melbourne turned on some gorgeous weather just shy of Spring's official start, our audience strengthened their 'courage muscles' and built some new community connections in the process.

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