CECI COR-LEO, MARKETING (DECIBEL)
FIELD: MARKETING HOME: LONDON/WA ZODIAC: LEO
A. | How do you define yourself?
A person that exists to make connection between people and celebrates other people’s talents.
A. | What did your job entail?
I do so many things. During the day, I work 9-5 contracting for Microsoft but I don’t consider that my job. My real job doesn’t feel like work; I do photography, I am the marketing director at Decibel Fes- tival, I curate events—I have an event series called Action Potential, and I run an artist collective to celebrate female identifying and non-binary artists called Tuf. Then I try to make my own art and put on workshops, things like that.
A. | How did you become interested in your field?
I have always loved music so much and have always wanted to work in music. When I first moved here I met the marketing leader at Decibel Festival and we were working together and when she left I took over her spot.
A. | What do you do outside of your work routine?
Taking photos. Running. Listening to music. Shopping.
A. | What is fashion? How does fashion play a role in your life?
For me personally I see it as a way of expressing creativity and representing myself...I like fashion that is not feeling like an exclusive club, I’m not into that snobbery.
A. | What would you like to see more of here in Seattle?
More androgynous clothing in fashion. In all of the arts, I would like to see more women, especially women of color represented in music and that is what I am focused on bringing to music.
A. | Whats your vision for the future of your work?
In an ideal world I would start my own private music label. My record label would not be focused on a particular genre because I have a very expansive taste and I really like the idea of connecting artists fostering talent and finding new talent that are really underrepresented here.
We are also working to found Tuff Festival...I want to help celebrate the people that we are here.
A. | How does oppression and privilege influence people’s success in your industry?
Oh my god, so much. In electronic music, 98% of performers at festivals are white males. Its ridiculous...that there just aren’t any females or people of color and that is just such a lie. I am so tired of people saying that and thats what I do what I work on. I say to the talent buyers who tell me this all of the time, “you just don’t know about them.” It is a visibility issue.
A. | How do you define success?
Whenever I achieve something its suddenly becomes not good enough. The ultimate success is something that makes a real difference in evolving a culture—it is a stamp that makes things better.
A. | What makes a good team?
I don’t like systems where people have power over each-other because I feel that it mimics systems of oppression. People need to have ownership and responsibility of different parts so there is no ownership over each-other.
A. | What are the challenges you face?
There is always going to be one person who doesn’t like what you are doing and previously I let that get to me.
A. | What are you inspired by?
The women who have lifted me up and supported me in all of this.
A. | What would you recommend to yourself if you could speak to yourself 10 years ago?
Do what you want to do, don’t worry about what people think, be less anxious and just live for now.
ORIGIN | LONDON, RUSSIA, ITALY, ENGLAND
ZODIAC | LEO
FAVORITE ANIMAL | THE CHETAH - THEY HAVE REALLY COOL CLAWS THAT ARE LIKE BOOTS