Multi-creative Melburnian, Savannah Anand-Sobti, is taking us to part three of our Young People Doing Cool Things series.
Savannah is the founder and creative director of Ladies Of Leisure, a zine dedicated to bringing together passionate, creative and driven ladies. Headed by Savannah, the outfit also runs workshops and parties, makes merchandise, creates films and provides assistance to up-and-coming creative people.
Savannah also studied Textile Design at RMIT and dabbles in styling, writing, PR and Brand Consulting. She’s basically an all-rounder in the industry, so we thought we’d get to know her a little better.
How old were you when you started LOL?
How did the idea for LOL come about?
It came about very organically. I felt an urgent need to have something printed and tangible. I’m surrounded by talented girlfriends and they were the obvious up-and-coming stars of the show.
What’s it like trying to pave your way independently at such a young age?
Well I think these days a lot of youth in Australia, including myself, are very fortunate and privileged to have the time and option of nutting out what we want to do with our lives. I just recently went to NYC (another fab luxury) where I met 19-year-olds absolutely killing it, but who were also working their butts off hustling towards their dreams. It was really impressive. I think as long as you put yourself into a good space to strive towards something, whether that be independently or with others, age isn’t a factor. It’s just a matter of how early on you figure that bit out.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on LOL Hang Time at MPavilion – IRL vs WWW, an event we're running in February. I think the Internet has opened up so many ways of connecting with one another but it’s still crucial to seek relationships in person. So this is kind of a hang out with that intention, and of course a few bevs.
I’m also working on edition three!
What have been your biggest challenges along the way?
Perhaps inexperience. As I’ve never studied journalism nor worked on a publication before; I learn on the job a lot. With that comes inevitable mistakes, sometimes. Mistakes are valuable though. They bring to the surface what’s important and teach you better than any class could. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice.
What have been your greatest achievements?
Hmm, perhaps just LOL itself! It has lead to meeting so many beautiful, interesting people and given me the confidence to follow ideas through to fruition. I was never that driven in high school, nor uni really, but I felt passionate. You just gotta find what makes you tick.
Any advice for young people looking to carve their own career?
Don’t wait for the right something or other to come along. Whether it’s the right time, person, etc, etc… you need to start making it happen by yourself, with personal passion projects. The work you put into the project will be a great example of what you’re capable of for a future employer. Or even better, make it more than just a project.
What’s your plan for the next five years?
More collaboration and personal growth. I’d love to have a permanent space to run workshops out of and engage with our community in person.
Any other cool people we should be looking out for?
Oh gosh, there’s an abundance of them. Well, based off a few people I’ve been working with recently, Sunday Social is a fab shop run by a young lass called Jess. She’s got a pop-up in Melbourne at the mo.
Zarnie who does LOL’s graphic design is going to go places and is launching Plastic Loaves in Feb.
Freya Esders has been killing it recently and so has Chloe Nour from In Your Dreams Club. I could go on and on!