The Journey from Intern to Creative

Feb 2020

Our intern program is such an important part of the studio, helping us to find some of our brightest new talent over the years. With this in mind, we’ve really put some time into looking at how we run this element of the studio, continuing to offer ongoing places to passionate emerging talent. We’re proud to offer the official London living wage to all our interns and have seen a really high percentage of those who go on to become permanent members of the team.
We interviewed our Junior Creative Lou Corio-Randall – who started his time with us as an intern early last year and has now been a full time team member since July – to share the story of his journey in the industry. 
What’s your background in the arts and how did you get into the creative industry?
I think I have always known that I wanted to work in the creative industry. I toyed with going down a lot of different paths, from film making to fashion. But after doing an art foundation my heart was set on product and furniture design, which I went on to study at uni. After finishing my degree, I got a job at the university and worked there for another year in the 3D workshops, giving me the opportunity to work on my own projects and exhibit at a few design festivals. Soon after that, I came across Acrylicize online and knew that I wanted to work with them, so got in touch and managed to get an internship – which eventually led to a full time position!
Give us an example of a project you’ve worked on at Acrylicize, and what your favourite part of the process was?
The first project I got involved in was for the Wimbledon Championships, where I worked on prototyping several of the 3D artworks. It was fantastic to be able to see a design all the way through from holding all the itterations of it in my hands, to actually seeing them in place whilst The Championships were on.
You often get very hands-on in your practise. Is it important to you to incorporate the more physical exploration, as well as the digital?
Yes, without a doubt. I think it’s really important to be able to see or manipulate something physical in front of you in order to see ways in which it can be improved. I also think it’s a really effective way of getting an idea across to someone else. It doesn’t always need to be a big elaborate model – sometimes just folding a piece of paper or bending a bit of wire to see how it looks from a certain angle does the job.
Who or what are your biggest inspirations in your work (AKA what inspires you?)
That’s a hard question. It sounds a bit cheesy, but I think that everything is an influence in one way or another. Sometimes seeing something that I think is a bad design is as influential as seeing something I love, because then I know not to make the same mistake. 
In terms of a designers that inspire me, I would have to say Ray and Charles Eames; they managed to design pretty much everything they owned and made it all look and function brilliantly!
Is there anything you wish you had been taught more about at school/university in regards to preparing you for a career in the creative industry?
I think that schools need to be more supportive of creative subjects and let kids know that it is possible to have a career in the creative industry – get rid of this absurd idea that the arts are the doss subjects! I think my foundation and degree were both fantastic courses and taught me a great deal, but I do think it would be great if creative courses at university overlapped a bit more so people could pick up skills in other areas. 
What advice would you give to yourself 5 years ago?
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
Interview with Lou Corio-Randall, by Amber Bednall. 12th February 2020.
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