As part of our #allgirls campaign, we’re profiling a boohoo boss chick each week. This week, it’s studio manager, Kat Butterworth…
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?
I wanted to be a Vet when I was growing up. At school I did some work experience at a local Veterinary surgery though and realised it wasn’t for me!
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR JOB?
I’d recently left a Studio assistant job and had been freelancing; a friend from University was already working in the Studio at boohoo when it first set up so she recommended me for some freelance work.
WHO INSPIRES YOU ON THE DAILY?
This changes every day! Friends (in all different industries) and family constantly inspire me with their positivity and challenges they may have overcome to get where they are in life. I’m lucky to work with a few people who are also really close friends as well as colleagues.
There are some amazing, inspiring women in my life and through work I have had the opportunity to meet people in all aspects of the Photography and Fashion industry doing great work.
I’M RESPONSIBLE FOR…
Managing the Studio team day to day. Overseeing the Ecom shoots which include Model shoot teams, Still Life and accessories and a retouch team. We shoot up to 2000 products a week so there is a lot that goes into the scheduling and Management to ensure the process flows smoothly. Woking with a great team means we manage to shoot at speed and volume whilst retaining great image quality in a vey fast paced business!
THE BEST THING ABOUT MY JOB IS…
Working with a great team of course. Having the freedom to make changes within the Studio and workflows. I’ve also been able to shoot campaigns for the company in the UK and abroad several times, travelling for work and getting to see some amazing places is definitely a perk!
MY FAVOURITE WORK MEMORY IS…
There have been too many over the past few years, lots of great shoots and parties. We are a very social company!
WHAT’S THE BEST DECISION YOU’VE EVER MADE?
Prior to taking a full time job at boohoo I went travelling for a few months. The experience was invaluable and came at the right time for me. Work and career is important but not everything.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
Enjoy every experience and don’t stress, even the bad experiences teach you something (even though it doesn’t always seem it at the time!) and maybe try to save SOME money….ha
IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE ABOUT GETTING INTO THE INDUSTRY IT WOULD BE…
There isn’t a specific way to get into this industry, just be prepared to work hard (and some long hours at times). Work experience is always a great way to start, the contacts and people you meet along the way may be important and very helpful as you progress.