By Shakira, p
Posted on June 15, 2019
Sara Elgamal, an international filmmaker and Kazeem Kuteyi – a cultural curator and co-founder of New Currency sat down with us and shared how they went from being Toronto-based creatives to working with artists and brands in the US and Europe.
The international landscape can be a frightening thought, especially when venturing off outside your comfort platform. But all the world’s a stage, and making it outside the 6ix can be a smooth transition when and if you are prepared.
Despite working in different disciplines, Kazeem and Sara have similar approaches to building relationships with creatives in other cities. They both stressed the importance of doing research to find like-minded people and building meaningful relationships – with no expectations of working together. A lot of times, these connections evolve into working relationships. Sara moved to London, England, which allowed her to expand her network and produce branded content and produce amazing videos for artists like Sampha.
Kazeem has produced events and parties in London, Paris and Berlin. He is a big fan of travelling to cities to do research – learning about the people, places and brands that are contributing to the community he would like to work with. His motto ‘Buy flights, not Jordans’ – is a mantra to live by if you want to take your art to the international stage.
Whether you are an entrepreneur, an early or mid-career artist, the opportunities of connecting with like-minded individuals or organizations that crave for something new, are endless. It requires you to have the passion and the drive to not only expand your platform but to also ask yourself: how far are you willing to go?
When you’re thinking about going international, weigh out your reasons and ask yourself, what scares you the most: going or staying?
The following key points are steps to consider when weighing out your options of going from local to global.
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