HAYLEY LOUISA BROWN, PHOTOGRAPHER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR, BRICK MAGAZINE
Hayley Louisa Brown
Photographer. Founder and Creative Director of BRICK magazine.
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Being my own boss. I have final say on every single thing I chose to do, or not to do.
AND THE WORST?
Never clocking off! It leads to a lot of ruined plans and sleepless nights - but I don't think you can do it any other way.
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT?
Putting out the first edition of BRICK magazine last month. The concept is something I've been developing for over three years and the process of building this idea into something tangible has been crazy. It was my first time doing this, so it was a huge learning curve (read: very steep incline!). The launch party was the first time the whole thing really sunk in and felt real. It still blows my mind to see it on shelves.
WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D KNOW ABOUT YOUR CAREER OR INDUSTRY WHEN YOU WERE FIRST STARTING OUT?
That you don't have to say 'yes' to everything you're offered. When I started out I thought it was good to do as much as possible for the exposure but all it really resulted in was me wasting a hell of a lot of my time (and money) shooting things that weren't really me, and that never even came close to being included in my portfolio. It's really important to be brave and say 'no' to things that you don't think are right for you even if, at the time, you feel obliged or scared of missing out on something. Very real fears! But ALWAYS trust your gut.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY UNIFORM CONSIST OF?
High top Converse, Dickies 874s and a t-shirt. And probably my fave Chevignon flight jacket, because London...
THE INDISPENSABLE TOOL OF YOUR TRADE (EQUIPMENT/BOOK/SOFTWARE/PERSON)
My diary and notebook. All of my appointments, shoots, meetings and deadlines don't exist in my brain unless I've written them all down.
WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO SOURCE OF INSPIRATION?
Music. For anything. The album version of i by Kendrick Lamar can lift me out of a negative mindset in one play, as can most Motown tracks. That's what I'll go for if I need a boost. Likewise, if I need to calm down and focus on something I'll play FKA Twigs and Inc.
WHO’S YOUR PROFESSIONAL HERO (AND WHY)?
My Dad. Hardest working man I know. Built our family home (and a massively successful company) with his bare hands from the ground up. And his name is Charlie Brown. Really.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU’VE LEARNT ABOUT MONEY AND FINANCE?
Don't be scared of it! And always have a little somethin' put away for a rainy day.
HOW DO YOU STAY ORGANISED? ANY TIPS OR TRICKS OR ‘HACKS’ TO SHARE?
Lists. I make to-do lists every week. One for photography work, one for BRICK, and a miscellaneous of errands and other tasks I need to get done. I saw a quote earlier, I think on Tumblr, that said 'my brain has too many tabs open' and that's what I feel like constantly! By writing even the tiniest thing down - like going to the post office - it means nothing gets missed and you can feel confident that you're staying on top of things and always making progress.
I also find working from home can sometimes mean I'm at my desk for a ridiculously long time, and so whenever I feel restless I get up and go to the gym. Having an hour away from my desk gives me great headspace and I often come up with ideas or the answers to problems I'm having whilst I'm on a run. It's ok to take a break when you need one. Always listen to your body.
HOW DO YOU WIND DOWN?
If I really need to clear my head, I'll get out of London to visit my family or I'll go somewhere quiet in the city by myself for a couple of hours; usually a museum - Barbican, the V&A or the Tate Modern are my favourites. Or, ya know, drinking whiskey sours with my friends.
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
'Never look sideways', from my Dad when I was stressing out, comparing myself to others around me.
WHAT’S YOUR DEFINITION OF SUCCESS?
Waking up happy.