Cannes, the renowned hub of creativity and innovation, is a dream destination for anyone passionate about the world of marketing, design, and creative arts.

This year, I had the incredible privilege of not just attending but being featured in an interview at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. I want to take this moment to share my journey and the profound impact this experience had on me both personally and professionally.

The Cannes Lions Festival: A Mecca of Creativity

For those who may not be familiar, the Cannes Lions Festival is the pinnacle of creative gatherings. It’s where industry leaders, artists, marketers, and innovators from around the world come together to celebrate the power of creativity in all its forms. Being a part of this event as a disabled woman of colour was of huge significance as a space that has notoriously lacked diversity.

This year the representation switched up a notch with organisations like Lollipop Mentoring, DigiLearning and Brixton Finishing School bringing the diversty with the Cannes for All cohort, plus Cephas Williams with his Black Out cohort, Black in Cannes as well as amplified diverse voices on the CCDD diversity collective stage.

The Interview

Imagine this: being invited to sit down and share your thoughts, experiences, and insights on creativity with a global audience at Cannes. It’s a surreal experience, to say the least. In my interview, I had the opportunity to discuss not only my personal journey but also the broader implications of creativity, resilience, and diversity in our creative industries.

The fact that I was chosen for this feature was not just a personal honour; it was a recognition of the journey I’ve been on. It highlighted the hard work, dedication, and passion I’ve poured into my creative endeavors. It reinforced the idea that anyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, can make an impact in the creative world.

Personal Growth and Learning

While the spotlight was undoubtedly exhilarating, what truly made this experience remarkable was the opportunity for personal growth and learning. Interacting with creative minds from different corners of the world, I was exposed to a wealth of ideas and perspectives that have enriched my own creative outlook.

A Catalyst for Future Endeavours

This feature at Cannes Lions has not only opened doors but has also ignited a fire within me to do more, create more, and share more. It’s a reminder that our journeys, no matter how challenging, can lead to places we’ve only dreamed of.

Gratitude and Acknowledgment

I want to take this moment to express my deepest gratitude to the organisers of the Cannes Lions Festival for providing a platform for voices like mine. To all those who have supported me on this journey, thank you for your unwavering belief in my potential and a special shout out to the amazing Lollipop Mentoring, making waves and creating opportunities.

Being featured in an interview at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity is a milestone I will cherish forever. It’s not just about the recognition; it’s about the message it sends—that creativity knows no bounds and that our stories, no matter how unique or unconventional, have the power to inspire and transform.

As I continue my creative journey, I am filled with renewed passion and purpose. I hope this experience serves as a testament to the incredible possibilities that lie ahead when we embrace our creativity, share our stories, and continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of creativity.

Thank you, Cannes, for an experience of a lifetime.