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A letter to my 22-year-old self: one day you will leave your corporate job behind to become an artist, and you'll never look back

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A letter to my 22-year-old self: one day you will leave your corporate job behind to become an artist, and you'll never look back

Shona Lyon sold her successful businesses and left the corporate world behind and pursue a career in the creative arts by becoming a bronze sculptor at 44-years-old. When no one in New Zealand could teach her the art form, she journeyed further abroad to be privately taught by Martine Vaugel, a master sculptor in France. Here, she writes a letter to her younger self about this career pivot – but also emphasises it's never too late to pursue a creative passion.

Opinion

Idealog’s editor Elly Strang recently attended Sydney’s Vivid festival and came back feeling equal parts inspired and wistful that our side of the ditch doesn’t have anything quite on the same scale. Here, she laments the lack of an urban festival celebrating the creative sectors in New Zealand – and chats to Vivid Sydney creative director Ignatius Jones about where the Vivid gets its inspiration from, and how it takes creativity to the masses.