GoDown Arts Centre is one of a kind Centre in east Africa that host both visual and performing arts. GoDown arts center is located along Dunga road in the Industrial area in Nairobi. The compound is the is the reality of its description the GoDown arts Centre walls were filled with a mix of arts and glass objects, However our main concern was the entrepreneurs hub which facilitates training in graphics and web designing .The Nairobits entrepreneurs hub a amazing class set up with adequate computers for everyone. It is actually a media lab.
When we got to Nairobits Entrepreneurs’ Hub the presentiments of the forum were visible. The students at Nairobits had already set up awaiting the guest speaker, David Macharia who is the visionary behind Versatile Photographers. They hurriedly left their desks and convened waiting to hear from the day’s speaker. Minutes later a way forward was given by the speaker for introduction to take place.All the students were tackling the web and graphic designing whereas others did the web designing and it happened that somewhere doing both courses which mainly entangles product design. After a brief introduction Mr. David Macharia gave hints to the budding entrepreneurs as a starter pack in order to be able to tackle the business world from a distinctive angle compared to others. For starters in the business world, visibility is key. They were advised to have a word press account, a website also termed as an online portfolio where creativity and uniqueness are key. This is meant to enhance ones visibility through consistency in marketing.
When one is starting any journey there should be a strategy that have been set up, one should have a vision and be able to understand where they are headed. For starters it is always good to have a mentor who is a guide in the business world this mentor should always have long time experience so that it is easy when it arrives at offering guidelines. Apart from having a mentor it is really advisable for one to join both local and global forums so as to have a hint of what is expected and to always be updated as per the market demands it also brings about uniqueness since one is able to do what the other or the majority of the people are not doing. As much as one is willing to be unique from the rest it is always advisable to know understand and deliver as per the requirement by a specific client (KYC).
For starters who doesn’t have capital they should always look for a side propel so as to achieve their dreams, like acquiring good equipment. Always make sure you are having security be it financial security and especially when issues might arise like theft or damage of property or be it any kind of emergency, this gives one peace of mind. Creative should have a room for research because technology keeps changing have self awareness and almost make the right choices since the choice you make is what determines what kind of a person you want to be.
It is obligatory to have proper rapport with the people around you especially the clients so that no problem arises from lack of understanding or clarity of the developed communication all in all always be humble and ready to learn, it is advisable to appreciate positive feedback or commendations as well as critiques. Despite all the up and down it is always advisable to celebrate your success with others so that it serves as an inspiration to them, with that you can always recognize the effort made by others. One’s effort should not be a threat either way it should be up to you to help them succeed and improve. All well said, we received testimonials of the session from the students and trust me they all gave positive feedback.
The forum to them was an eye opener.Through such forums Mr. David Macharia a visionary and the lead creative Photographer at Versatile Photographers have served as an inspiration to the younger generation and the society at large.