Artist, designer, performer… Jennifer Milarski has many creative strings to her bow and she’s about to add another, slightly different one: businesswoman.
“I am currently in the process of setting up my own design business, Muscles by Milarski,” Jennifer told us.
It’s a new challenge for this former City College student, who studied an Art and Design Foundation Diploma with us before enrolling on a BA in Art and Visual Culture at the University of the West of England (UWE).
“My time at City College directly impacted my choice to go to University, I had taken the foundation degree with the idea to go to university, but the course solidified that idea” Jennifer said.
“We went on a trip to Amsterdam as part of the course and visited a sculpture park. I remember thinking, ‘yep, this is what I want to do,’ and I’ve wanted to open my own sculpture park ever since then.”
She may not have realised that particular dream just yet, but Jennifer is used to rising to a challenge. After graduating from UWE she moved back to Brighton in 2010, where she began working at Brighton Museum while studying for a Master’s degree in Digital Media Arts at The University of Brighton.
She graduated in 2013 with a distinction (“One of my proudest personal achievements, I didn’t think I was capable of being above average until then!”) and has recently set herself a new challenge by leaving Brighton and moving to London.
“Since moving I have found it hard to find work and recently signed on, and from here I was enrolled on the New Enterprise Allowance scheme which has enabled me to start my own business. Challenges can be a blessing in disguise,” Jennifer said.
“As with any new experience it can be daunting, especially as I am setting out on my own for the first time. But it is also exhilarating to be working for myself and I enjoy being able to be as creative as I want to be.”
Starting a business is always a challenge but, as Jennifer knows all too well, challenges often lead to new and exciting experiences and opportunities. And we’re sure that Jennifer will realise her dream of running her own gallery space in no time – not to mention that sculpture park!
As she focuses on getting her business off the ground, as well as exploring her performance art (which you can see on her website) and undertaking curatorial projects, we asked Jennifer what her advice for fellow alumni would be.
Her response was simple: “Just take as much advantage of everything there is to offer as possible and have a really good time.”
You can’t argue with that!