The Ambassador Series: Diana Turchi - London
Hi Diana! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ll try to keep this short! I’m a 23-year-old, Events Management graduate that loves anything creative. I spend my free time looking for somewhere new to eat (you never have to venture too far in London) and either obsessing over any new superhero movie or learning some random crafty skill. I like to express my creativity in the way I dress, and the things I do. So if you ever need a friend to drag you to an art show, or come with you to that weird workshop you’ve been dying to try, I’m your girl.
You work in the production of moving image, development and design. Could you give us some more insight into the work that you do?
I work at a digital design agency looking after the Creative and Moving Image departments. My responsibilities have evolved a lot since I started last year. In a team of two, we work with a lot of the International offices to pull together projects we’ve done throughout the year and make sure the best work wins industry awards. We also run all the internal events for the Creative department, doing all the planning, scoping and budget management ourselves.
Somehow whilst doing all of this, I found I was getting a little bored. So I volunteered to work with the Moving Image team, I help make sure everyone is working on new projects that suit their skillsets and give them room to grow. I do any of the production support needed on their projects, giving me the chance to get more involved in the creative process.
My hope is that I can continue to grow in this direction, and not only run events but also full-on shoots.
Are you originally from London? What brought you there?
I’m actually technically from Italy, but I’ve grown up all over the place. I was born in Hong Kong, then when I was five we moved to London. When I was 10 we packed up all our stuff and moved to Luxembourg, this tiny country between France, Germany and Belgium. I very vividly remember being angry with my parents because they forced me to move to some where as boring as Luxembourg. Now thinking back it was a really great place to grow up. We were given loads of freedom because it was such a safe place. But the big city life was still calling me, so I decided to come back to London for university. I studied Events Management at London Metropolitan University, getting to know different parts of the city between classes and assignments. When I graduated I knew I wanted to stay and luckily I managed to get a job just a couple week after graduation.
What makes you passionate about the work you do?
I love seeing new creative ideas come to fruition. My favorite part of my job is working with so many different people who tackle problems in their own ways, because when something comes together you can see how all of the ideas and teamwork comes together. I’m such a sucker for something beautiful, it might be the most useless thing ever but if it's beautiful then its use is just to inspire.
Why did you want to become a Glossary ambassador?
I wanted to become an ambassador for The Glossary because I believe in women. Working in the advertising industry makes you realize how far we still need to come with equal rights. I want to be actively helping people get to know communities and individuals with amazing creative ideas regardless of their race or gender.
What are some of your favorite places in London?
My favorite thing about London is how you’ll never quite be done exploring it. I love the Saatchi Gallery and Unit London for contemporary art. I love Dishoom and Grind for brunch, the new extension of the Tate Modern for the view of the Thames River. Fernandez & Wells for a cheeky bite and a glass of red wine. Victoria Park for the Sunday afternoon strolls and Broadway Market for shopping.
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