INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2019 INTERVIEW: alex ampofo, acoustic live

Photo cred: Aiden Harmitt-Williams

Hey Alex! Tell us who you are and how you would you best describe your role?

My name is Alex Ampofo, I'm 25 years old and I am a Junior Promoter and the Founder of Acoustic Live.

How long have you been doing this for?

I've been doing it for 5 years and I love it, it's definitely always been my passion!

What made you decide on this career role, why Music?

Being born and raised in the UK, I saw a lot of cuts happening. I actually moved around houses a lot from area to area and noticed that it was becoming a little bit of a pattern. I noticed that youth clubs were constantly closing down and funding cuts towards them where increasing so I wanted to create a platform which was able to replace what was being taken away from the community. I wanted to be able to bring the community back together for artists in the area to flourish and be themselves through their art and of course - I wanted it to be free! It's for the youth so this is my way of giving back what the community had lost.

Do you find as a woman there are more expectations or pressures to deliver?

Yes! Everything is waaay more harder, there is no natural trust in you as a woman. Women do do it to women too, but men don't really trust women to do a good job if I'm honest. Women are really powerful! We work ten times harder and speaking as a young, black woman, I can definitely say it is much harder.

Photo cred: Aiden Harmitt-Williams

What would you say is your biggest achievement to date?

My greatest achievement.. would honestly be getting my health back on track. I was born premature and from time to time I would usually have a few complications. Quite recently, my organs kind of collapsed. I took just over a year out to just get my health back on track and no one really knew where I was - there was a point where I lost the nerves in my hands and feet, I even had to learn how to walk again!

Do you have any tips or advice for anyone who wants to follow the same career path as yourself?

Well firstly, don't let people make you feel as if you are being a 'beg!' Like whoever's pics you want to on Instagram, follow who you want to on Twitter - interact with them and don't be afraid to do so! Reach out to people who you feel you could learn from and support people you genuinely want to support. Just be yourself - as long as you're not harassing or bothering people, I don't see the problem with it!

Also, I think it is important to work for free. I know it goes against what we are trying to achieve for young creatives but you do have to start somewhere. As long as you've got a roof over your head, can get food in your belly and your parents are happy to support you financially for a little while while you gain some valuable experience - utilise! Take advantage of those work experience opportunities, internships etc.. I did a lot of shadowing but do what works best for you. Plus, its all character building!

Follow Alex on Twitter & Instagram to keep up with her journey!

Twitter: @PlanetAlex_

Instagram: @PlanetAlex

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