Divya Rainjana Suraindiran, Student and Social Media Intern
When did your journey as a creative begin?
On a personal level, I probably started creating “creatively” (writing, drawing, singing) when I was 13 or 14, and it became a proper thing to pay attention to everyday when I started posting YouTube videos at 16. I had a small audience that genuinely enjoyed me being silly at the time. Professionally, on the other hand, I’d say is probably happening now—it’s all just begun.
How would you describe your creative journey?
I move in the direction of anything that resonates with my inner sentimentality and romanticism. Everything I do, artistically—reflective writing, poetry, drawing, producing covers—is done with an air of love and cradling attention.
If there's something you noticed women creatives doing, how would you advise them?
Since everything’s online now, I personally suggest creating a private account for experimentation, with a group of people that you love as followers/your audience. Just to grow your confidence. I was in a rut in 2019 and went somewhat “off the grid”, deactivated all my major socials and focused on curating a feed for a small audience on a private account. It gave me an idea of how I’d like to do things as a creative! Especially on what terms, too (mine).
What is your life ethos and how does it relate to your creative journey?
Delicate firmness. There’s a way to be gentle and rigid in a way that doesn’t seem crude. In this regard I tend to relate to nature—imagery and personification in my (mostly written) work often relates to how I perceive nature, or a kind of mystification of it. As long as it can be romanticised and associated with a natural state, I adore it, it will become a part of me.
What was the most significant/impactful project for you thus far — why?
I have yet to call my works projects because nothing I’ve done is in a remotely large scale yet—but my written works are my pride. They’re the most direct and indirect depiction of the things that I go through, they’re the method that I use to deal with life. I have several more pieces sitting in drafts because I’m preparing a manuscript of sorts for a collection of short stories, I’m just looking for a way to go about them.
Please share with us who/what you are constantly inspired by.
Taylor Swift, Zadie Smith, Oscar Wilde, Chimamanda Ngozi Adicie, Patti Smith, Arundhati Roy, Alexa Chung—these are just some I can name at the moment.
What is your favourite and least favourite part of your current role?
As a social media intern right now, I enjoy that I’m learning the technicalities of managing anything that has to do with a social platform. I knew that social media managing wasn’t easy from years of managing a personal account and constantly finding ways of reinventing myself, but organisational pages are a whole other thing. My least favourite part of the role is that I’m only doing this for experience, so I’m not necessarily doing the things that I LOVE—like writing—everyday.
Who is someone you would love to collaborate with and why?
Honestly, I’ve never thought about this because all I do is write and it always feels like a solo journey. I never want to barge in on a fellow creative’s work because of the difference in our themes—I love seeing them as they are! But I am definitely am open to collaborating with anyone who resonates with my work.
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