ESEA Heritage Month Celebrations ๐ŸŽ‰

ESEA Heritage Month Celebrations ๐ŸŽ‰
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by Sam Howey
on October, 8

Throughout September, Consume’s Founder, Hannah caught up with individuals from the ESEA community on our IGTV in celebration of ESEA Heritage Month!

Our four chats with, David Kam, Amy Phung, Viv Yau, and Anna Chan explored their career pathways from education to their current roles. With plenty of squiggly career paths and pivots, we had a variety of career experiences and loads of great insight and tips  โ€“ all of which you can view on our YouTube channel.

What a line up we had! โšก๏ธ

David Kam is a Malaysian-born, London-based creative, movement artist and speaker, whose work centres around wellness, with specific interests in play culture, joyful activism and embodied placemaking. David also runs KindRedPacket, a grassroots movement to uplift the East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) community through story, spirit and service.

Watch David’s IGTV chat

Amy Phung is a graphic designer, illustrator, and writer. In 2020, she co-founded Britain’s East and South East Asian Network after leading a campaign to stop news media unnecessarily using images of ESEA people in their COVID-19 reporting. This also instigated the first ever anti-ESEA racism Parliamentary debate led by Sarah Owen MP in October 2020.

Watch Amy’s IGTV chat

Viv Yau, the Founder & Director of Bee Influence which aims to ensure ethical and inclusive influencer marketing campaigns for her clients. She also co-founded besea.n with five other ESEA women.

Watch Viv’s IGTV chat

Anna Chan, a 2nd generation British Born Chinese woman originally from the North West of England, who is the Founder and Director of Asian Leadership Collective, a social enterprise with a mission to amplify ESEA leadership within the workplace.

Watch Anna’s IGTV chat

Our final ESEA career pathway spotlight is from Hannah, Founder and MD of Consume Comms.

Hannah has always balanced her creative and business interests leading from A-levels in art and business studies to a Design Management degree. During her final year at university, Hannah started working in an agency side continuing freelance marketing work and completing her MSC in Marketing.

โ€œFreelancing straight out of uni made me realise how little equipped I was to deal with the commercial world so I quit consume version 1 at 22 and got a job in-house marketing.”

Over the next 10 years Hannah worked in various marketing roles across financial services, engineering, telecoms, and tech delivering everything from content to large scale exhibition installations.

Finally, Consume Comms was rebooted back in 2016 working across tech businesses to help build communities.

โ€œThe cornerstone of my career has always been finding the right network and community, running alongside my work and business Iโ€™ve always been involved in community projects from Glug, and now to BIMA, and most recently finding the ESEA community.โ€

โšก๏ธTop career tip!
Be brave, take opportunities, fail fast and learn so you can find a better the solution that better suits you next time! AND people, community, and multiple support networks are everything. No one is an island!