Laura Jackson on loving what you do

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"I have always attributed my success to just getting on with people and getting on with the job in hand," says Laura Jackson, zooming from a hotel room in Northern England one evening, before she is about to stay up all night learning lines for a TV show she is filming the next day. It is just one of the strings to her bow. Jackson is a beloved TV and radio presenter – a veteran of MTV and BBC – a podcaster, the host of a now famous supper club which spawned a best selling book Round To Ours and now, she is the founder of Glassette, an accessible, but achingly cool, interiors marketplace.

"I've always just worked super hard, especially at things I really love," she says, confirming that her work ethic even extends to some of the wackier elements of her CV. "I've been that girl handing out toothpaste at the the tube stations or promoting gin - dressed up as a bottle of gin."

Yet what has defined her career has been seeking out her passions, something she has solidified now with Glassette, which was born from her love of redesigning and refurbishing her London home. "I've always looked for things I can put my personality and creativity into," she says.

Here, she shares her advice for how to build a career from what you love...

Stay true to yourself

"This is really the first step to a successful and happy career. I have always tried to do this and have learnt over the years to trust my own gut and follow my own passions. I think that it's really important to be true to who you are. And not do opportunities just because you think you need to do more. I think I think I'm only doing things right now that I can really add value to, that I'm really invested in."

Never lose your work ethic

"Just because you are doing something you love, doesn't mean it's not work. My family ingrained in me a very strong work ethic from a very young age. I've always had a job, my mom has always made as work. There's five of us at home. She's not given us all a tenner each because that's 50 quid! So she said: you're all going to go out and make make £10 washing cars. So I always had a really strong work ethic. I was doing a paper round from the age of 12. So it's like that's always been really instilled in me."

Have the right team around you

"When I first started in TV, everything was going really well and then, out of nowhere, it wasn't. It felt like my career had stalled and, at the time, I was really low about it. I had recently moved to a new agency where I was very much a small fish in a big pond and nothing was happening for me. It was heartbreaking. I thought that no one wanted me to do to work anymore. Slowly, I realised it was because I needed somebody that was going to be really proactive with my career. I needed someone to go out there and fight for me, to have as much passion as I had. I have that now, and I learnt that having the right team is so, so important. Often the people around you have more of an impact on your work than you might think."

Photo credit: Courtesy
Photo credit: Courtesy

Remember you don't need just one career path

"My dad has always been quite entrepreneurial in the way that he thinks. He's never really had just one career, but lots of different jobs that he's really loved. It's the same with my mum, and that had such an impact on me. I was really inspired by the way they worked and am lucky to have come from a family which always told me to follow my passions and do what I love.

My career has obviously taken many different paths. I'm a TV obsessive and presenting and working in TV will always be something I want to do, but I learnt I had a real skill with the supper club, and that I really, really love interiors. It doesn't matter that these have all taken me in different directions. This is the way we work now - it's OK to have multiple jobs at once or follow different paths in your life. If they are all passions of yours, and they give you joy, then it's worth it."

Make your own network

"I think we're living in a much more inclusive world now where, you know, you can DM people and meet people and make the right connections from not knowing anybody. It's not as exclusive as it used to be, you can make your own network these days. When I moved from Huddersfield to London, I knew no one, so I purposefully got a job on the door of a club, where I'd meet everybody."

Bring passion to your passion

"It is obviously hard to think about starting something new and exciting when you're currently just working really hard to make money to pay your rent. It's really, really hard! But I always think just go for it. It's always worth trying.

I feel like it's all about gusto - about getting it done and getting it out there. I've always said that passion equals success. Whatever you do, as long as you love it, you can be successful at it. And success is subjective. It's not about like money or a big house. It's about what makes you tick. And what makes you happy. What scratches that itch. For me, that's always passion."

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