An interview with Shannie Mears

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Shanice is from Birmingham and has recently co-founded The Elephant Room alongside iris worldwide’s Former CEO Dan Saxby. The Elephant Room is a new creative company and they are taking a fresh approach as to how they work within the advertising industry. Shanice has previously assisted on supporting brands such as Adidas and Britvic to find talent for global commercials, not only that, but she has also been the face of the official UK campaign by Linkedin. Shanice has Consulted top brands on how to find fresh talent and new ways of approaching recruitment. With just 3 years in the industry she has already made a profound impression. She is the Brand & Talent Manager for GUAP magazine, building up their team to where it is today. She has founded the Guestlist an inclusive platform to share ideas, access to industry networks and events and also ongoing opportunities. She hosts her own events on a regular basis encouraging young women to connect and build as part of Girls Talk London, called Girls, lets talk.

What are you passionate about? What motivates and inspires you?
I’m really passionate about people, especially those who go unseen and more often than not, unheard. I love helping people through creative opportunities and allowing them to unlock their potential. I believe that if you are in a position that can enable opportunity or change, it’s important do so or at least encourage it. For me I’m inspired by everything, my peers, my team and just by constantly being around people who want to see a difference being made.

What is your greatest professional (and/or personal) accomplishment?
I’ve been lucky these past three years since starting my career, being the face of LinkedIn UK has been an amazing achievement for me, I’ve also done some great keynotes. I think I’ve achieved some great things I’m proud of, but I don’t know if I could list them all. 

Who has been your biggest influence?
Its cliché, but I think I’m just influenced by my team. I’m driven by them in such different ways, and they never fail to have me thinking and reflecting. I’m also greatly inspired by my mum, she’s a motivator for me, she keeps me sane and gives me hope when I need it. I look up to different people for different things and I channel those things accordingly.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given and who gave it to you?
My dad used to say “Theres no such thing as better, just different”. I tell myself that every time self doubt starts to creep in and I just honestly think its a great way to shift a mindset.

What moved you to get involved with Creative Conscience?
I didn’t know much about it before, but when I spoke at the Creative Conscience event, I realised that it was a great movement that wants to do social good through creativity, which is something I think should be normal. I really like the idea of just bringing new ways to create and do good. So this is why I was happy to be a part of Creative Conscience.

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