Bhavin is an interior designer but started his career in the fashion industry. Sometimes what you set out to do is not where you end up. Creative careers often have weird twists and turns but every step is part of an exciting learning curve.
From an early age I always knew that I had a creative gene, and that this was where I wanted to build my future. I come from an Indian background and was the first ‘creative person’ in my family so the first hurdle was to get my parents to understand this. Luckily for me it wasn’t the most horrific experience, but I do remember being asked why I didn’t want to be an accountant or doctor!
The glamour of the catwalk is not always what it seems.
My first step was to take GSCE’s and A levels in Art and Design and I then went on to study Fashion & Textile Design at university. I loved designing and making clothes and letting my creative juices flow. At my graduate fashion show I sent 12 men down the catwalk (some in skirts), whilst me and two others guys pole danced in the background… surrounded by flashing lights and glitter bombs. It was a great moment for me and even got me some press attention!
However, when I got into the real working world I realised that fashion was not the place for me. It was a dog eat dog world and I realised that I wasn’t that kind of person and didn’t have the attitude needed to survive the fashion industry at that time. In my last ever fashion job, my boss would regularly make me cry and it was at this point, with the help of my partner, that I realised this was no way to live at that I should quit my job.
Following this I had no idea what I was going to do next, so ended up working in a pension’s office! Yes pensions – a far cry from the creative world. Doing a 9-5 job that didn’t interest me was really difficult. Not being creative meant that I never really felt happy. Do I regret this blip? No, it was definitely an important part of my journey to reach where I was meant to be and I got to meet one of my best friends along the way.
Sometimes your path takes interesting turns.
In 2009 I decided I had to turn my life around. Since leaving the fashion world my creative passion had moved towards interior design, so I decided to go back to school and study this. On my first day at KLC School of Design I knew that I had made the right decision. For the first time in ages it felt like things were falling into place. Since completing the course, I have been lucky enough to work in design studios in London and North America and since 2014 I have been running my own interior design business. I love it!
Passion keeps pushing you forward.
It hasn’t always been the easiest ride, but my passion and drive have kept me going. I’ve also promised myself that I won’t go back to working in a job that doesn’t make me happy.
If you are a creative person then there is nothing worse than not being creative day-to-day. My advice is to stay true to yourself, work hard, keep fighting to overcome hurdles and you will succeed. Good luck!