It has been a very long time since I’ve written to this blog. I figured it was time to revamp the layout, and have somewhere I can express myself, and create content that I can be proud of.
So catch-up time.
My name is Muinat Abdul, I started this blog around 6ish years ago, and I used this space as an online journal. I wrote about pretty personal things, and think pieces. It was fun, and I had a solid audience (meaning the entirety of my year group...and some of their parents, ha!).
When I was applying to university, I really wanted to study Fashion Journalism - I think I spent too much time watching Ugly Betty, and reading YA novels. I applied for the London College of Fashion - as attending a world renowned uni seemed like the best thing ever!
Boy, was I wrong.
I got in, and proceeded to have the university experience from hell. But, hey, you live and you learn. Working out what is best for you as a person is a valuable experience. So, I guess it not being the ideal university experience is something that has helped shape me as a person. I decided that high-fashion was not for me. I’ll take ASOS over Armani any day.
One thing I am extremely grateful for, that I explored in LCF, was my preference for visuals over written content. I loved to film, maybe not the most adept hand when it came to it, but I fervently enjoyed devising a story-board, creating a mood, curating a soundtrack, setting up equipment, and being basked in the glow of Final Cut Pro X for hours on end.
I’ve had some kick-ass opportunities come my way because of it. The main shebang being featured in Company Magazine’s rising fashion filmmakers issue #companyonfilm.
I have also been shot by Davis Factor - the founder of Smashbox Cosmetics. Okay - maybe not a golden opportunity, and more unabashed sheer luck.
After I graduated from LCF - I assumed the Vogue building would smash down my door, and suck me inside, and change the building name to Muinat… When that didn’t happen, I had to snap out of my graduate induced delusion, and get a job. Any job.
I settled on waitressing - called it freelancing - and enjoyed my days off during the week with endless Chinese takeaways and Netflix. Then spent my weekends chasing after children, destroying blenders, and learning to run with 3 hot plates of Eggs Benedict searing through my arms. Another much valued experience, I met some of the most incredible people through that job. I gained a newfound appreciation of cocktails, and learned the most important life lesson ever: always tip your waitress!!!
Fast forward a year, and I landed myself an uber cool position at a Digital Advertising company in Shoreditch.
Everything is coming up Muinat. It feels good to be back.