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Lisa - Glasgow
Photo - @rebeccaamacphail 
Throughout my life I've always had a plan, a direction to follow and a destination to reach, but for the first time in my life I feel lost and I'm learning that it's okay to be lost. Music has always remained constant. My dad was a big influence to me growing up and I share his passion for music, particularly the Mod scene. I was in a band for a while but it sort of fell apart and I decided to study art which is when I discovered my flair for graphic design. More recently, my friend and I have been collaborating on a project in our shared studio. When I discovered that my grandma had Alzheimer's, I knew that I wanted to spread awareness in a creative way that would resonate with young people and so that's what we set out to do.
Lisa - Glasgow Photo - @rebeccaamacphail Throughout my life I've always had a plan, a direction to follow and a destination to reach, but for the first time in my life I feel lost and I'm learning that it's okay to be lost. Music has always remained constant. My dad was a big influence to me growing up and I share his passion for music, particularly the Mod scene. I was in a band for a while but it sort of fell apart and I decided to study art which is when I discovered my flair for graphic design. More recently, my friend and I have been collaborating on a project in our shared studio. When I discovered that my grandma had Alzheimer's, I knew that I wanted to spread awareness in a creative way that would resonate with young people and so that's what we set out to do.
Angus - Motherwell
Photo - @rebeccaamacphail 
I left uni in my second year as i realised it wasn't for me. So I went right into full time work. I’ve always been watching creators on YouTube and enjoying their content. I stumbled across a new creator and started getting involved in his community. After meeting up at a convention we became friends, I met more and more creators through him. Eventually I saved up enough money for a laptop and microphone and started making my own content. It's just been over a year since my first video went up. The dream is to do YouTube and Twitch as a full time job, but we'll see where both I and the websites end up. Having a community of people who are all friendly, engaging and supportive is my favourite thing about it all. I enjoy making content and they enjoy watching it, and that makes me happy. I didn't expect to get anywhere at all actually. But I've had numerous people help me out and get me to where I am, I'm forever grateful to them. The next step is to reach 5000 subscribers which I'm very close to. After that I'll go as far as I can. I've got some big opportunities coming up such as being on the @createscotland creators panel at @4TGGAMECON at the end of this month. I'll be amongst other creators and addressing a live audience which is a huge first for me!
Angus - Motherwell Photo - @rebeccaamacphail I left uni in my second year as i realised it wasn't for me. So I went right into full time work. I’ve always been watching creators on YouTube and enjoying their content. I stumbled across a new creator and started getting involved in his community. After meeting up at a convention we became friends, I met more and more creators through him. Eventually I saved up enough money for a laptop and microphone and started making my own content. It's just been over a year since my first video went up. The dream is to do YouTube and Twitch as a full time job, but we'll see where both I and the websites end up. Having a community of people who are all friendly, engaging and supportive is my favourite thing about it all. I enjoy making content and they enjoy watching it, and that makes me happy. I didn't expect to get anywhere at all actually. But I've had numerous people help me out and get me to where I am, I'm forever grateful to them. The next step is to reach 5000 subscribers which I'm very close to. After that I'll go as far as I can. I've got some big opportunities coming up such as being on the @createscotland creators panel at @4TGGAMECON at the end of this month. I'll be amongst other creators and addressing a live audience which is a huge first for me!
Sophie - Larkhall
Photo - @rebeccaamacphail 
This year didn't start off well for me. Within the space of a month between February and March I had lost a close family member suddenly, been rejected from my top three university choices and lost a close family pet. Whilst facing personal struggles, I kept my head high and kept pushing even though I didn't want to. It came to June, my exams were finished and I could finally relax and I was heading over to Ghana to do some volunteering within a local school for a week. It was an incredible opportunity that made me realise that even though things in your life can get so tough that all you want to do is give up, you just need to keep going. By heading to Ghana and spending a week with some of the poorest, yet happiest kids on earth, it helped me realise that there's always something good that comes out of bad situations. Because of this, I'm looking forward to the next year and what it holds for me and taking on the positivity I saw when I was volunteering.
Sophie - Larkhall Photo - @rebeccaamacphail This year didn't start off well for me. Within the space of a month between February and March I had lost a close family member suddenly, been rejected from my top three university choices and lost a close family pet. Whilst facing personal struggles, I kept my head high and kept pushing even though I didn't want to. It came to June, my exams were finished and I could finally relax and I was heading over to Ghana to do some volunteering within a local school for a week. It was an incredible opportunity that made me realise that even though things in your life can get so tough that all you want to do is give up, you just need to keep going. By heading to Ghana and spending a week with some of the poorest, yet happiest kids on earth, it helped me realise that there's always something good that comes out of bad situations. Because of this, I'm looking forward to the next year and what it holds for me and taking on the positivity I saw when I was volunteering.
Kieran - Armadale
Photo - @rebeccaamacphail 
My name is Kieran and I am planning on moving to the fabulous city of ‘Glasvegas’ aka Glasgow. I’m going on to study a degree in Photography starting in September which will be amazing as I have the chance to study something that has been a life-long passion of mine. I have actually studied in Glasgow for a couple of years now and I have really enjoyed it so far. I have met so many amazing and like-minded people over the past couple of years and have really gotten a taste for the city life.
I am actually from a small town called Armadale which lies right in the middle of Edinburgh and Glasgow in West Lothian, and yes, I have encountered Susan Boyle on a few occasions. It’s quite funny because people from Edinburgh think I sound Glaswegian and the indigenous people from Glasgow automatically assume I’m “a pure Jambo”.
I could never really see myself moving out of 
my 'wee bubble' Armadale, as the thought of moving to a whole new place by myself was a profoundly daunting prospect. However, studying in a city like Glasgow did open my eyes to the
opportunities out there for a young creative like myself. 
The thing I am looking most forward to moving away from home is the sense of independence and being able to focus on my photography and possibly setting up a business within the next couple of years. Also meeting new people and making new friends is also pretty awesome as well. You
Glaswegians are a friendly bunch.
Kieran - Armadale Photo - @rebeccaamacphail My name is Kieran and I am planning on moving to the fabulous city of ‘Glasvegas’ aka Glasgow. I’m going on to study a degree in Photography starting in September which will be amazing as I have the chance to study something that has been a life-long passion of mine. I have actually studied in Glasgow for a couple of years now and I have really enjoyed it so far. I have met so many amazing and like-minded people over the past couple of years and have really gotten a taste for the city life. I am actually from a small town called Armadale which lies right in the middle of Edinburgh and Glasgow in West Lothian, and yes, I have encountered Susan Boyle on a few occasions. It’s quite funny because people from Edinburgh think I sound Glaswegian and the indigenous people from Glasgow automatically assume I’m “a pure Jambo”. I could never really see myself moving out of my 'wee bubble' Armadale, as the thought of moving to a whole new place by myself was a profoundly daunting prospect. However, studying in a city like Glasgow did open my eyes to the opportunities out there for a young creative like myself. The thing I am looking most forward to moving away from home is the sense of independence and being able to focus on my photography and possibly setting up a business within the next couple of years. Also meeting new people and making new friends is also pretty awesome as well. You Glaswegians are a friendly bunch.
Holly 
Photo - @omaralzidjali
Whilst I was at university I had a placement at a
fancy textiles company in London and it was incredible. I was really grateful for the opportunity, so I wanted to thank everyone in someway. I decided to go down the handmade route since they were all so creative I thought it'd be appreciated more than some cheap bits and bobs. I settled on chocolate truffles. They are fairly simple to make and it was something everyone would enjoy.
On my last day I pulled out this tupperware box of chocolate truffles and everyone was in awe, really impressed and really excited. I was just chuffed to bits!
I've been making chocolate ever since, nearly 5 years now. I make it for Christmas and birthdays and everything in between, I even had a pop up shop at uni for a couple of weeks as part of one of my modules.
After working for a year as a waitress and saving enough money I'm off to college to study professional cookery in order to discover the world of chocolate. So many people have said to me "oh a chocolatier, that's different" and you know what, it is, and I'm happy with that.
Holly Photo - @omaralzidjali Whilst I was at university I had a placement at a fancy textiles company in London and it was incredible. I was really grateful for the opportunity, so I wanted to thank everyone in someway. I decided to go down the handmade route since they were all so creative I thought it'd be appreciated more than some cheap bits and bobs. I settled on chocolate truffles. They are fairly simple to make and it was something everyone would enjoy. On my last day I pulled out this tupperware box of chocolate truffles and everyone was in awe, really impressed and really excited. I was just chuffed to bits! I've been making chocolate ever since, nearly 5 years now. I make it for Christmas and birthdays and everything in between, I even had a pop up shop at uni for a couple of weeks as part of one of my modules. After working for a year as a waitress and saving enough money I'm off to college to study professional cookery in order to discover the world of chocolate. So many people have said to me "oh a chocolatier, that's different" and you know what, it is, and I'm happy with that.
Scott 
Photo - @omaralzidjali
I wanted to start a youtube channel because there is so many amazingly talented people in and around Lanarkshire that love creating things just like me and I wanted to shine as much light on that as possible. Other countries have countless online platforms pushing independent creators and helping them build a following and a name so I wanted to be the guy to start it in Scotland!
Scott Photo - @omaralzidjali I wanted to start a youtube channel because there is so many amazingly talented people in and around Lanarkshire that love creating things just like me and I wanted to shine as much light on that as possible. Other countries have countless online platforms pushing independent creators and helping them build a following and a name so I wanted to be the guy to start it in Scotland!
Rebecca
Photo - @omaralzidjali 
I've been really getting into my health and fitness recently. When I left school I was so uncomfortable and self-conscious of how I looked and felt which made it difficult for me to socialise and feel comfortable. My mental and physical health wasn't good. So when I left uni I decided to go vegetarian and not watch what I eat but, basically not eat crap every single day. At the beginning of this year I joined the gym and I think it's the best decision I've ever made. I was so nervous at first but once I started I loved the way I felt from working out and starting to feel good about myself again after losing the initial weight from becoming a veggie. I'm building muscle and noticing changes in how I feel and I'm actually proud of myself. I never ever thought I'd feel like that. Now, going to the gym isn't about losing weight or gaining a bodybuilder body, it's the excitement of seeing how far I can push myself and how I'll change in the process. I can't wait to see the progress I'll make in 6 months.
Rebecca Photo - @omaralzidjali I've been really getting into my health and fitness recently. When I left school I was so uncomfortable and self-conscious of how I looked and felt which made it difficult for me to socialise and feel comfortable. My mental and physical health wasn't good. So when I left uni I decided to go vegetarian and not watch what I eat but, basically not eat crap every single day. At the beginning of this year I joined the gym and I think it's the best decision I've ever made. I was so nervous at first but once I started I loved the way I felt from working out and starting to feel good about myself again after losing the initial weight from becoming a veggie. I'm building muscle and noticing changes in how I feel and I'm actually proud of myself. I never ever thought I'd feel like that. Now, going to the gym isn't about losing weight or gaining a bodybuilder body, it's the excitement of seeing how far I can push myself and how I'll change in the process. I can't wait to see the progress I'll make in 6 months.
Sabrina
Photo - @omaralzidjali
I got into photography when I was living in Thailand, but it wasn’t til I came to Scotland that it really got into full effect. I met a bunch of people who enjoyed going to cool places to take photos and we ended up doing that every weekend. I still don’t feel like I’ve grasped the art of photography yet, which to me is a good thing because I find myself always wanting to take photos. I always have my camera on me. I’m a big fan of architecture photography. I love finding beautiful buildings that are either coloured interestingly or built in a cool way. I’m off to Paris in a couple of months and I’m pretty excited to see what I capture over there.
Sabrina Photo - @omaralzidjali I got into photography when I was living in Thailand, but it wasn’t til I came to Scotland that it really got into full effect. I met a bunch of people who enjoyed going to cool places to take photos and we ended up doing that every weekend. I still don’t feel like I’ve grasped the art of photography yet, which to me is a good thing because I find myself always wanting to take photos. I always have my camera on me. I’m a big fan of architecture photography. I love finding beautiful buildings that are either coloured interestingly or built in a cool way. I’m off to Paris in a couple of months and I’m pretty excited to see what I capture over there.
Clarissa
Photo - @omaralzidjali 
I am a passionate, outgoing, confident, strong minded, but a quiet observant person. I love music, dance, all things beautiful & creating my own style. I've been singing since I was a baby, dancing since I was a kid and discovering my own style since I was a teenager. I spent 8 years chasing the wrong things and people only to have woken up to realise my worth and the power that lies within me. After an enlightening trip to Cyprus, I'm ready to sing, dance, style, travel, eat, meet, greet, build, love and laugh my life away! Life's too short to be lost in the sauce. There is a bigger picture and I'm striving towards mine day by day bit by bit even if it doesn't make sense to others it all makes sense to me. I'm loving every part of my journey! I'm fearless, ready and receiving blessings and love everyday of my life. It's endless and doesn't stop hence why I have a tattoo which says 'Can't Stop Won't Stop' - Taken from the first book I ever read about the history of HipHop not as we know it today.
Clarissa Photo - @omaralzidjali I am a passionate, outgoing, confident, strong minded, but a quiet observant person. I love music, dance, all things beautiful & creating my own style. I've been singing since I was a baby, dancing since I was a kid and discovering my own style since I was a teenager. I spent 8 years chasing the wrong things and people only to have woken up to realise my worth and the power that lies within me. After an enlightening trip to Cyprus, I'm ready to sing, dance, style, travel, eat, meet, greet, build, love and laugh my life away! Life's too short to be lost in the sauce. There is a bigger picture and I'm striving towards mine day by day bit by bit even if it doesn't make sense to others it all makes sense to me. I'm loving every part of my journey! I'm fearless, ready and receiving blessings and love everyday of my life. It's endless and doesn't stop hence why I have a tattoo which says 'Can't Stop Won't Stop' - Taken from the first book I ever read about the history of HipHop not as we know it today.
Big gobby chops has a video on @bbcthesocial FUN MISTAKES.... "we're sat in the corner drinking cider fae sports direct mugs and chewing the fat"
Big gobby chops has a video on @bbcthesocial FUN MISTAKES.... "we're sat in the corner drinking cider fae sports direct mugs and chewing the fat"
Steven-Scarborough
Photo - @clickysteve
Well, I’m Steven. I take photographs, make music (El Song Capitanos) and I unintentionally move around a lot. To call it Nomadic would be romantic. One thing that was intentional though was Scotland.  One thing I expected when I got to London was the potential to take my photographs up a notch and commit to making a book and a few zines, but it costs money to breathe there, so that was quickly dashed and replaced with loneliness. Thankfully, my friend Lee from Scarborough pulled me out of that. He was already living in Glasgow, and threw me onto the couch with a duvet whilst his other housemate was moving out, and then I signed a lease  to make things official. For the first time I was living with someone who loved photography and who knew people who also loved it. It was a good decision (imagine that). Ever since moving up here I’ve felt supported, both in my noise and my pictures. It is beautiful and that is how I feel about Scotland.
Steven-Scarborough Photo - @clickysteve Well, I’m Steven. I take photographs, make music (El Song Capitanos) and I unintentionally move around a lot. To call it Nomadic would be romantic. One thing that was intentional though was Scotland. One thing I expected when I got to London was the potential to take my photographs up a notch and commit to making a book and a few zines, but it costs money to breathe there, so that was quickly dashed and replaced with loneliness. Thankfully, my friend Lee from Scarborough pulled me out of that. He was already living in Glasgow, and threw me onto the couch with a duvet whilst his other housemate was moving out, and then I signed a lease to make things official. For the first time I was living with someone who loved photography and who knew people who also loved it. It was a good decision (imagine that). Ever since moving up here I’ve felt supported, both in my noise and my pictures. It is beautiful and that is how I feel about Scotland.
I'm editing something I shot to hopefully get onto BBC the Social. Keep your eyes peeled...
#musicvideo #bbcthesocial #bbc #vines #animation #ardman
Scott – Whiteinch
Photo - @clickysteve
I’m Scott and I’m 23 years old. I’ve moved around and about Paisley a bit (mon the UK City of Culture 2021). I spend most of my time kicking around bars and talking to strangers, so much so that my friends are probably wondering where I am right now. They might have gone home actually. I’m not sure what I’m going to end up doing with my life, but I’m sure I’m destined for a knighthood one day.
Scott – Whiteinch Photo - @clickysteve I’m Scott and I’m 23 years old. I’ve moved around and about Paisley a bit (mon the UK City of Culture 2021). I spend most of my time kicking around bars and talking to strangers, so much so that my friends are probably wondering where I am right now. They might have gone home actually. I’m not sure what I’m going to end up doing with my life, but I’m sure I’m destined for a knighthood one day.
Jennifer- Bishopbriggs 
Photo - @clickysteve
I'm originally from the peninsula of Dunoon but now in Bishopbriggs. I'm a pug mum, and currently work in Finnieston  as a plate slinger/supervisor by day, and wine connoisseur by night. The city of Glasgow does my social life wonders! I love to socialise with my nearest and dearest and my past years have taught me that family and friends are the richest gift anyone can give you and you should make the most of them. Life is for living and not spectating.
Jennifer- Bishopbriggs Photo - @clickysteve I'm originally from the peninsula of Dunoon but now in Bishopbriggs. I'm a pug mum, and currently work in Finnieston as a plate slinger/supervisor by day, and wine connoisseur by night. The city of Glasgow does my social life wonders! I love to socialise with my nearest and dearest and my past years have taught me that family and friends are the richest gift anyone can give you and you should make the most of them. Life is for living and not spectating.
My little cousin @provenzanothedon just dropped a 32 bar #frontseatfreestyle no messing about. If you could go and give him a little watch it would be very much appreciated. #scottishhiphop #trufactz #edinburghhiphop #scottishrap #bbcthesocial
Natalie – Glasgow
Photo: @omaralzidjali
I was born and raised in the highlands of Scotland so moving to the city for University was something I was really excited about. After finishing my degree in psychology and turning 25, I found myself sort of going through a quarter life crisis. I decided to pack my bags and head to Australia with a £700 overdraft. It was extremely last minute and completely unplanned but it was the most amazing thing I’ve done. I had no idea what I was going to do in Australia but I felt so free and can honestly say I’ve caught the travel bug. I ended up staying there for an entire year. I’ve been given some amazing job opportunities which involve me travelling but I’m torn between either picking a career job or biting the bullet and just spending the rest of the year travelling and then focus on work next year. I’m headed back to Lairg to be with my family for a bit and to do some re-evaluating as I’m still really torn between going down the career path or going travelling. Who knows!
Natalie – Glasgow Photo: @omaralzidjali I was born and raised in the highlands of Scotland so moving to the city for University was something I was really excited about. After finishing my degree in psychology and turning 25, I found myself sort of going through a quarter life crisis. I decided to pack my bags and head to Australia with a £700 overdraft. It was extremely last minute and completely unplanned but it was the most amazing thing I’ve done. I had no idea what I was going to do in Australia but I felt so free and can honestly say I’ve caught the travel bug. I ended up staying there for an entire year. I’ve been given some amazing job opportunities which involve me travelling but I’m torn between either picking a career job or biting the bullet and just spending the rest of the year travelling and then focus on work next year. I’m headed back to Lairg to be with my family for a bit and to do some re-evaluating as I’m still really torn between going down the career path or going travelling. Who knows!
Tonight live on @bbcthesocial I take on Marley 13! Murdered him at Mortal Kombat X, Disgraced him at Street Fighter, let's see if I can make it 3 for 3 with Nidhogg! 🤞🏻
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Gabby – Glasgow
Photo: @omaralzidjali
My name’s Gabby, I’m 21 and I’m from Sunderland. Ever since I was little I’ve moved around constantly because my Dad’s in the military. I’ve lived in four countries and packed up boxes and moved house eleven times. I never get bored of it though! My favourite place I’ve ever lived has got to be Oman. There’s no way to describe how unbelievable the country is and I know that I’ll always call it my home even though I was only there for such a short amount of time. I chose to study here in Glasgow when we moved back but ended up quitting college twice. I’ve worked in some awful jobs and some great jobs over my three years here and still have no idea what I want to do with the rest of my life. I absolutely love Glasgow and think it is one of the greatest cities I have ever been to, everyone is so friendly and it’s pretty impossible to stay bored here with all it has to offer. My future is a complete mystery to me but I’m excited to see where I end up!
Gabby – Glasgow Photo: @omaralzidjali My name’s Gabby, I’m 21 and I’m from Sunderland. Ever since I was little I’ve moved around constantly because my Dad’s in the military. I’ve lived in four countries and packed up boxes and moved house eleven times. I never get bored of it though! My favourite place I’ve ever lived has got to be Oman. There’s no way to describe how unbelievable the country is and I know that I’ll always call it my home even though I was only there for such a short amount of time. I chose to study here in Glasgow when we moved back but ended up quitting college twice. I’ve worked in some awful jobs and some great jobs over my three years here and still have no idea what I want to do with the rest of my life. I absolutely love Glasgow and think it is one of the greatest cities I have ever been to, everyone is so friendly and it’s pretty impossible to stay bored here with all it has to offer. My future is a complete mystery to me but I’m excited to see where I end up!
Vova - Glasgow
Photo: @omaralzidjali
Hi I'm Vova. I'm an odd mix between Russian and Scottish. I'm a musician by the alias of 'floatinurboat' but also a little more with the simple ambition of taking over the world. I've been 
presented with crazy, exciting and extraordinary opportunities in my life to showcase myself and the music that I make. My aim has also been to show that there’s a bit more to life and provide an environment of safe thoughts and positive revelations. I've always wished happiness for everyone and have received the most incredible comments about how my music has helped people through their unpleasant times. Living in Scotland has provided me with the most heart-warming and 
supportive community which I am forever grateful for. Peace and enjoy life.
Vova - Glasgow Photo: @omaralzidjali Hi I'm Vova. I'm an odd mix between Russian and Scottish. I'm a musician by the alias of 'floatinurboat' but also a little more with the simple ambition of taking over the world. I've been presented with crazy, exciting and extraordinary opportunities in my life to showcase myself and the music that I make. My aim has also been to show that there’s a bit more to life and provide an environment of safe thoughts and positive revelations. I've always wished happiness for everyone and have received the most incredible comments about how my music has helped people through their unpleasant times. Living in Scotland has provided me with the most heart-warming and supportive community which I am forever grateful for. Peace and enjoy life.
Khalid - Glasgow
Photo: @omaralzidjali
I was born and raised in Glasgow. Ever since I was a kid, I was always intrigued by buildings and how 
they were constructed. As I grew a little older, I became even more intrigued with them, so I decided 
I wanted to become an architect. I was fascinated with all the drawings the architects had to do and 
all the crazy little things involved with being an architect, it honestly made me genuinely fall in love 
with it. I’d find myself watching those National Geographic shows about mega structures and I knew I wanted to be involved in the architecture industry. I recently just graduated from Uni, I obviously did architecture. I’ve got a placement at an amazing architecture firm and I know I’m going to have an amazing time there. I don’t know what to expect but that’s what I find exciting about it all.
Khalid - Glasgow Photo: @omaralzidjali I was born and raised in Glasgow. Ever since I was a kid, I was always intrigued by buildings and how they were constructed. As I grew a little older, I became even more intrigued with them, so I decided I wanted to become an architect. I was fascinated with all the drawings the architects had to do and all the crazy little things involved with being an architect, it honestly made me genuinely fall in love with it. I’d find myself watching those National Geographic shows about mega structures and I knew I wanted to be involved in the architecture industry. I recently just graduated from Uni, I obviously did architecture. I’ve got a placement at an amazing architecture firm and I know I’m going to have an amazing time there. I don’t know what to expect but that’s what I find exciting about it all.
Sharing the design I painted for #BBCTheSocial #bbc :
Can't decide if I am impressed or freaked out 😱. Follow @BBCthesocial to see more #amazing and #talented #artists from #Scotland !
Inspiration for this work was amazing artist @relmxx ,
Products used:
lenses from @pasteldreamsuk
shadows using "all in one" pallet from @nyxcosmetics_uk
facepaints: @dfxfaceart @sillyfarm @mehronuk @mehronmakeup
#facepainting #makeup #nyx #selfie #ribbon #creepy #nyxmakeup #facepainting #opticalillusion #lips #dupemag #faceart #feature #feature_my_stuff #drkysela #emotions #neck #illusion #3dart #3d #crush #mua #ribbon #thread #sewing #folds @amazingmakeupart
Sharing the design I painted for #BBCTheSocial  #bbc  : Can't decide if I am impressed or freaked out 😱. Follow @BBCthesocial to see more #amazing  and #talented  #artists  from #Scotland  ! Inspiration for this work was amazing artist @relmxx , Products used: lenses from @pasteldreamsuk shadows using "all in one" pallet from @nyxcosmetics_uk facepaints: @dfxfaceart @sillyfarm @mehronuk @mehronmakeup #facepainting  #makeup  #nyx  #selfie  #ribbon  #creepy  #nyxmakeup  #facepainting  #opticalillusion  #lips  #dupemag  #faceart  #feature  #feature_my_stuff  #drkysela  #emotions  #neck  #illusion  #3dart  #3d  #crush  #mua  #ribbon  #thread  #sewing  #folds  @amazingmakeupart
Lee – Whiteinch
Photo: @omaralzidjali

I’m Lee, and I’ve been living in Glasgow now for a year and a half working as a party photographer.

I’ve photographed parties for a fair few years and that’s how I made my living back in Scarborough, my hometown. Humans fascinate me and despite not being massively sociable, photographing folk on a night out is pretty much my ideal job. Being from a small town, where everyone thinks they know each other’s business, you’re exposed to a lot of the dramas involved.

I guess I got a bit of a reputation for photographing fights and calling out blokes on how they treated women and basically for refusing to shy away from these situations all the while capturing some of the nicer aspects of a night out. It ultimately lead to me crowd-funding and releasing a photo-book.

I try to observe and be as matter of fact as I can with all my photos be that at parties, events, street scenes, political protests etc... I’ve received more death threats than I can count from members of the EDL (English Defence League) and had more than my fair share of punches and stranglings from documenting the things I do. So I guess not everyone appreciates my non-bias. Gotta have your critics.

That said, it’s not all bad and moving to Glasgow has very much been a positive in my life. The people are generally much more welcoming and open-minded which is handy when I'm out photographing my pals that dig getting naked in public. Never any hassle.

When I’m not taking photos I’m probably pissing about with my obtuse-grunge band called Closet Organ. We released an album on vinyl late last year and I think we’ve sold it to like 4 people so far so I guess you can bet on seeing us headlining the SSE in a month or so…
Lee – Whiteinch Photo: @omaralzidjali I’m Lee, and I’ve been living in Glasgow now for a year and a half working as a party photographer. I’ve photographed parties for a fair few years and that’s how I made my living back in Scarborough, my hometown. Humans fascinate me and despite not being massively sociable, photographing folk on a night out is pretty much my ideal job. Being from a small town, where everyone thinks they know each other’s business, you’re exposed to a lot of the dramas involved. I guess I got a bit of a reputation for photographing fights and calling out blokes on how they treated women and basically for refusing to shy away from these situations all the while capturing some of the nicer aspects of a night out. It ultimately lead to me crowd-funding and releasing a photo-book. I try to observe and be as matter of fact as I can with all my photos be that at parties, events, street scenes, political protests etc... I’ve received more death threats than I can count from members of the EDL (English Defence League) and had more than my fair share of punches and stranglings from documenting the things I do. So I guess not everyone appreciates my non-bias. Gotta have your critics. That said, it’s not all bad and moving to Glasgow has very much been a positive in my life. The people are generally much more welcoming and open-minded which is handy when I'm out photographing my pals that dig getting naked in public. Never any hassle. When I’m not taking photos I’m probably pissing about with my obtuse-grunge band called Closet Organ. We released an album on vinyl late last year and I think we’ve sold it to like 4 people so far so I guess you can bet on seeing us headlining the SSE in a month or so…
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Sharing my video I painted for #BBCTheSocial  #bbc  : Can't decide if I am impressed or freaked out 😱. Follow @BBCthesocial to see more #amazing  and #talented  #artists  from #Scotland  ! Inspiration for this work was amazing artist @relmxx , Products used: lenses from @pasteldreamsuk shadows using "all in one" pallet from @nyxcosmetics_uk facepaints: @dfxfaceart @sillyfarm @mehronuk @mehronmakeup #facepainting  #makeup  #nyx  #selfie  #ribbon  #creepy  #nyxmakeup  #facepainting  #opticalillusion  #lips  #dupemag  #faceart  #feature  #feature_my_stuff  #drkysela  #emotions  #neck  #illusion  #3dart  #3d  #crush  #mua  #ribbon  #thread  #sewing  #folds  @amazingmakeupart
Sharing my painting for #BBCTheSocial #bbc : 
Can't decide if I am impressed or freaked out 😱. Follow @BBCthesocial to see more #amazing and #talented #artists from #Scotland ! 
Inspiration for this work was amazing artist @relmxx , 
Products used: 
lenses from @pasteldreamsuk 
shadows using "all in one" pallet from @nyxcosmetics_uk 
facepaints: @dfxfaceart @sillyfarm @mehronuk @mehronmakeup 
#facepainting #makeup #nyx #selfie #ribbon #creepy #nyxmakeup #facepainting #opticalillusion #lips #dupemag #faceart #feature #feature_my_stuff #drkysela #emotions #neck #illusion #3dart #3d #crush #mua #ribbon #thread #sewing #folds @amazingmakeupart
Sharing my painting for #BBCTheSocial  #bbc  : Can't decide if I am impressed or freaked out 😱. Follow @BBCthesocial to see more #amazing  and #talented  #artists  from #Scotland  ! Inspiration for this work was amazing artist @relmxx , Products used: lenses from @pasteldreamsuk shadows using "all in one" pallet from @nyxcosmetics_uk facepaints: @dfxfaceart @sillyfarm @mehronuk @mehronmakeup #facepainting  #makeup  #nyx  #selfie  #ribbon  #creepy  #nyxmakeup  #facepainting  #opticalillusion  #lips  #dupemag  #faceart  #feature  #feature_my_stuff  #drkysela  #emotions  #neck  #illusion  #3dart  #3d  #crush  #mua  #ribbon  #thread  #sewing  #folds  @amazingmakeupart
Sharing from #BBCTheSocial #bbc : This camouflage look is unreal!
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Calum – East Lothian 
I’ve been writing and performing poetry for five years now. I got into the Glasgow scene and made some friends there. I also studied poetry at uni so, aye, it all came together. Sometimes I get nervous when I’m going on stage, sometimes I don’t. It’s kind of random. The best bit is when you come off stage because that is when the buzz really hits. When you come off stage there’s the relief that it didn’t go catastrophically wrong. When people have enjoyed something you’ve written and gotten something out of it, that’s the best feeling. There are loads of cool wee open mic nights in Edinburgh and Glasgow and all around Scotland. Go along and see what people are doing. Everyone is really friendly and supportive and keen to hear new voices and once you’ve done that first performance it just gets easier.
Calum – East Lothian I’ve been writing and performing poetry for five years now. I got into the Glasgow scene and made some friends there. I also studied poetry at uni so, aye, it all came together. Sometimes I get nervous when I’m going on stage, sometimes I don’t. It’s kind of random. The best bit is when you come off stage because that is when the buzz really hits. When you come off stage there’s the relief that it didn’t go catastrophically wrong. When people have enjoyed something you’ve written and gotten something out of it, that’s the best feeling. There are loads of cool wee open mic nights in Edinburgh and Glasgow and all around Scotland. Go along and see what people are doing. Everyone is really friendly and supportive and keen to hear new voices and once you’ve done that first performance it just gets easier.
Ryan (Kid Robotik) – Glasgow
I’ve been rapping and producing since I was 13, my brother got me into it. He was a graffiti writer in Glasgow and used to let me up in the attic to show me records and stuff and I took it from there. I’m completely self-taught as well. I taught myself how to produce, I taught myself how to write lyrics and I’ve been doing it ever since then. To any young people that want to get into this, I say do it. Do whatever you want because we’re blessed to live in a place where we CAN do whatever we want and I think young people getting into creative industries should just go for it. People are going to tell you that you can’t all the time but you can do it yourself now. You don’t need the backing of anyone else. When I was younger, Scottish rap wasn’t very accepted. People are only starting to come around to it now and I just pushed through that because I enjoy it and people I know enjoy it. There is always going to be someone who likes what you do. You can have a million people tell you that you suck but as long as a couple of people enjoy it I think you’ve won.
Ryan (Kid Robotik) – Glasgow I’ve been rapping and producing since I was 13, my brother got me into it. He was a graffiti writer in Glasgow and used to let me up in the attic to show me records and stuff and I took it from there. I’m completely self-taught as well. I taught myself how to produce, I taught myself how to write lyrics and I’ve been doing it ever since then. To any young people that want to get into this, I say do it. Do whatever you want because we’re blessed to live in a place where we CAN do whatever we want and I think young people getting into creative industries should just go for it. People are going to tell you that you can’t all the time but you can do it yourself now. You don’t need the backing of anyone else. When I was younger, Scottish rap wasn’t very accepted. People are only starting to come around to it now and I just pushed through that because I enjoy it and people I know enjoy it. There is always going to be someone who likes what you do. You can have a million people tell you that you suck but as long as a couple of people enjoy it I think you’ve won.
Phil - Edinburgh
I’ve been rapping since going into high school. I’ve always liked doing it but to be honest I started off shit. The person who got me to start doing it was my friend Taps, he’s like my big bro. He kind of got me to start rapping and now we’re like a team but we haven’t released much music. We’re working on it. I’m not going to stop doing this because I want to be the greatest of all time. I just want to be able to continue to do music, it’s the only thing I love and if you have a passion for something you’ll be good at it. If you have a passion, you follow it.
Phil - Edinburgh I’ve been rapping since going into high school. I’ve always liked doing it but to be honest I started off shit. The person who got me to start doing it was my friend Taps, he’s like my big bro. He kind of got me to start rapping and now we’re like a team but we haven’t released much music. We’re working on it. I’m not going to stop doing this because I want to be the greatest of all time. I just want to be able to continue to do music, it’s the only thing I love and if you have a passion for something you’ll be good at it. If you have a passion, you follow it.
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Colin – Edinburgh
I got involved in writing years ago, trying to understand what the hell was going on in my head and my life and it’s developed from strength to strength. From going to open mic nights and waiting for your name to be called and being too nervous to do it, wanting to bolt out of there, to now actually being at Rappers v Poets event, that’s taken years of just working away and developing my confidence. It’s great on stage because you think “can I do this?” and then when you’re performing there’s a rapport with the crowd and you start to realise this isn’t entirely my own delusion. People are responding and they get it. What I’m saying, I believe in it and people feel that and they understand to some extent. It makes you think “I CAN actually do this” because there’s an energy there that works. It’s worth pursuing.
Colin – Edinburgh I got involved in writing years ago, trying to understand what the hell was going on in my head and my life and it’s developed from strength to strength. From going to open mic nights and waiting for your name to be called and being too nervous to do it, wanting to bolt out of there, to now actually being at Rappers v Poets event, that’s taken years of just working away and developing my confidence. It’s great on stage because you think “can I do this?” and then when you’re performing there’s a rapport with the crowd and you start to realise this isn’t entirely my own delusion. People are responding and they get it. What I’m saying, I believe in it and people feel that and they understand to some extent. It makes you think “I CAN actually do this” because there’s an energy there that works. It’s worth pursuing.
Jenny – Edinburgh
I started as a singer-songwriter about 15 years ago and then someone nicked my electric piano so I started performing my lyrics in said. In my first 6 months of performing I supported The Libertines and performed at Glastonbury, so that was quite a big start and obviously spoken word not being the world’s most lucrative art form there have definitely been some ups and downs since then. I don’t know what it is that inspires me to do spoken word but I just can’t NOT do it. I really enjoy it. I like to have a conversation with a live audience. It’s all about the live audience for me.
Jenny – Edinburgh I started as a singer-songwriter about 15 years ago and then someone nicked my electric piano so I started performing my lyrics in said. In my first 6 months of performing I supported The Libertines and performed at Glastonbury, so that was quite a big start and obviously spoken word not being the world’s most lucrative art form there have definitely been some ups and downs since then. I don’t know what it is that inspires me to do spoken word but I just can’t NOT do it. I really enjoy it. I like to have a conversation with a live audience. It’s all about the live audience for me.
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Leyla - Glasgow
I've been doing poetry for about 4 years now and I first started getting into it just because I felt like I had so many feelings and I wanted to say stuff but I can't sing. I do a lot of theatre as well and it's all kind of interwoven. I love being on stage. I love the feeling of being with an audience and you can feel that they are with you as well and you're having this weird connection when you know exactly what they need. That's the weirdest thing. Like, "I know that you want to laugh right now and I'm just going to let you do that". I love that unspoken language. In the future I would like to keep doing what I'm doing and I'd like to work with more people and allow other people to find their voice because it has done so much for me. I would like to be able to provide  skills for other people to do it.
Leyla - Glasgow I've been doing poetry for about 4 years now and I first started getting into it just because I felt like I had so many feelings and I wanted to say stuff but I can't sing. I do a lot of theatre as well and it's all kind of interwoven. I love being on stage. I love the feeling of being with an audience and you can feel that they are with you as well and you're having this weird connection when you know exactly what they need. That's the weirdest thing. Like, "I know that you want to laugh right now and I'm just going to let you do that". I love that unspoken language. In the future I would like to keep doing what I'm doing and I'd like to work with more people and allow other people to find their voice because it has done so much for me. I would like to be able to provide skills for other people to do it.
Iona Lee - East Lothian
I used to be a dancer but then I destroyed my knees quite badly so I couldn't do that anymore. I had always written and I wanted to get back into performing somehow. I thought "oh, spoken word, that's how I can perform my writing" and so I went along to an open mic night and got the bug. At that open mic night the feature act was a poet called Salena Godden who took me under her wing and gave me a lot of support. She kind of made me do the gig the next day and I've done it ever since for the past 4 or 5 years now, since I was 17. You get so many people who do performance and they say it's like a drug, it's amazing, but to be honest I just blank out and I don't really feel like I'm there. It's always a bit of a blur when you come off stage and you get lots of people saying "hey, that was great" and you feel a bit rude because you need a bit of time to yourself. You've given quite a lot and you need to centre yourself again. Even if you're writing poetry about yourself, there is always truth in it that other people can relate to. The thing that makes it worth while for me is when people tell me they connected with the poem that I wrote and they really felt something. That's what I love most about it.
Iona Lee - East Lothian I used to be a dancer but then I destroyed my knees quite badly so I couldn't do that anymore. I had always written and I wanted to get back into performing somehow. I thought "oh, spoken word, that's how I can perform my writing" and so I went along to an open mic night and got the bug. At that open mic night the feature act was a poet called Salena Godden who took me under her wing and gave me a lot of support. She kind of made me do the gig the next day and I've done it ever since for the past 4 or 5 years now, since I was 17. You get so many people who do performance and they say it's like a drug, it's amazing, but to be honest I just blank out and I don't really feel like I'm there. It's always a bit of a blur when you come off stage and you get lots of people saying "hey, that was great" and you feel a bit rude because you need a bit of time to yourself. You've given quite a lot and you need to centre yourself again. Even if you're writing poetry about yourself, there is always truth in it that other people can relate to. The thing that makes it worth while for me is when people tell me they connected with the poem that I wrote and they really felt something. That's what I love most about it.
Zesh - Leith 
I got into rap and hip hop when I was in prison. I was just writing and then they got a radio station while I was in there. It was young offenders and they had never had a radio station before. A gospel rapper came in and did a little workshop with us and then I just turned the bits I used to write into raps and went from there. I love it because it's close to me and it has comforted me at times in my life. Music has done a lot for me in terms of my feelings so I like to make it so other people can get the same out of it. It's therapeutic, I suppose. As much as I'm trying to be a musician, I'm not a person who overly enjoys performing but it is amazing when you get a good reaction. To anyone who wants to get into rap or hip hop I would say find out what you like and what music does for you. Freestyle to beats so you can actually find your voice and write accordingly!
Zesh - Leith I got into rap and hip hop when I was in prison. I was just writing and then they got a radio station while I was in there. It was young offenders and they had never had a radio station before. A gospel rapper came in and did a little workshop with us and then I just turned the bits I used to write into raps and went from there. I love it because it's close to me and it has comforted me at times in my life. Music has done a lot for me in terms of my feelings so I like to make it so other people can get the same out of it. It's therapeutic, I suppose. As much as I'm trying to be a musician, I'm not a person who overly enjoys performing but it is amazing when you get a good reaction. To anyone who wants to get into rap or hip hop I would say find out what you like and what music does for you. Freestyle to beats so you can actually find your voice and write accordingly!
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Dan- Dundee
Photo: burnt_bongo
I spent the first 7 years of my life in Dundee but never fully appreciated the place until returning as an adult to work as a chef.
The city holds so many memories, from playing as a kid in Fairmure Park, jumping fences to retrieve badly aimed footballs at my Gran's house and now bringing my own two children to the same places I enjoyed.
I hope they remember these days with the same joy as I do. Dundee is the home of so many talented, creative and driven people, I have been lucky enough to spend the last few years in their company in the Art Bar sharing songs on the open mic. 
It’s these memories and moments that remind me how much I love this place and everyone I have met along the way.
Dan- Dundee Photo: burnt_bongo I spent the first 7 years of my life in Dundee but never fully appreciated the place until returning as an adult to work as a chef. The city holds so many memories, from playing as a kid in Fairmure Park, jumping fences to retrieve badly aimed footballs at my Gran's house and now bringing my own two children to the same places I enjoyed. I hope they remember these days with the same joy as I do. Dundee is the home of so many talented, creative and driven people, I have been lucky enough to spend the last few years in their company in the Art Bar sharing songs on the open mic. It’s these memories and moments that remind me how much I love this place and everyone I have met along the way.
Paddy- Dundee
Photo: burnt_bongo
I grew up in Dundee and have lived here my whole life.
I was brought up by my mum and for 10 years it was just us then along came my only full sibling, my younger brother Jude.
Family always has its ups and downs but should remain an important and significant part of everyday life.
I’m currently working in a social club, pouring pints and small talking with the regulars. You hear plenty of interesting stories from people in this job.
I’m also studying Music Business at the University of the Highlands and Islands which is the area I’m interested in for a career. I've always been involved with music throughout school and I don't think that will ever change!
Growing up I always hated on Dundee a bit, claiming there wasn't enough to do but as I grew up I've come to absolutely love the city and the country as a matter of fact.
I'm not sure if it's a maturity thing or there's just been more going on in the past few years but I'm very content here for the time being.
Paddy- Dundee Photo: burnt_bongo I grew up in Dundee and have lived here my whole life. I was brought up by my mum and for 10 years it was just us then along came my only full sibling, my younger brother Jude. Family always has its ups and downs but should remain an important and significant part of everyday life. I’m currently working in a social club, pouring pints and small talking with the regulars. You hear plenty of interesting stories from people in this job. I’m also studying Music Business at the University of the Highlands and Islands which is the area I’m interested in for a career. I've always been involved with music throughout school and I don't think that will ever change! Growing up I always hated on Dundee a bit, claiming there wasn't enough to do but as I grew up I've come to absolutely love the city and the country as a matter of fact. I'm not sure if it's a maturity thing or there's just been more going on in the past few years but I'm very content here for the time being.
Muzz- Dundee
Photo: burnt_bongo
I've been living in Dundee for a couple of years now, before then I grew up with my family in a small village called Monikie. It was pretty great having a country park as a playground for me and my pals as we grew up. Family and friends mean everything to me and I try and return the unconditional support that I have received from them.
I work as a warehouse operator for a football kit retailer on the outskirts of Dundee. It’s a fairly new job to me still, but I'm enjoying the work.
My real passion is, and always has been music, most favourably punk rock. Being a bored teenager I got introduced to this music after taking up skateboarding. When I realised I couldn't do anything on the skateboard, I decided to learn how to play bass and started a band with friends. I then started playing gigs, mostly in Dundee and around Tayside to start with and over 13 years I've been able to see a lot of the world thanks to punk rock.
Alongside the touring and being part of the punk rock community, I've met some amazing people who have become my closest friends and seen some incredible bands along the way.
Last year my life had some massive changes as I became a father, which has been the best thing that's happened to me as my daughter has changed my life. Music life was fun but reality was sinking beneath my feet as I tried to do everything at once.
After a few wake up calls and sorting out my own wellbeing, things have settled and I'm loving fatherhood and taking time away from playing. For the future I'm excited to be a part of my daughter’s life and enjoy more good times with my friends, girlfriend and family.
I hope to get a new band started with friends sometime soon and play the occasional gig.
Dundee is home to me. It has a lot of good people and talent in, along with some exciting things such as the refurbished waterfront. The thing is, you can make Dundee look as bonny as you like, you're still gonna get Archie fae Whitfield hawkin' a loogy next to Desperate Dan, while his dug drops one in the middle of Slessor Gardens. Dundee: not perfect, but it's hame.
Muzz- Dundee Photo: burnt_bongo I've been living in Dundee for a couple of years now, before then I grew up with my family in a small village called Monikie. It was pretty great having a country park as a playground for me and my pals as we grew up. Family and friends mean everything to me and I try and return the unconditional support that I have received from them. I work as a warehouse operator for a football kit retailer on the outskirts of Dundee. It’s a fairly new job to me still, but I'm enjoying the work. My real passion is, and always has been music, most favourably punk rock. Being a bored teenager I got introduced to this music after taking up skateboarding. When I realised I couldn't do anything on the skateboard, I decided to learn how to play bass and started a band with friends. I then started playing gigs, mostly in Dundee and around Tayside to start with and over 13 years I've been able to see a lot of the world thanks to punk rock. Alongside the touring and being part of the punk rock community, I've met some amazing people who have become my closest friends and seen some incredible bands along the way. Last year my life had some massive changes as I became a father, which has been the best thing that's happened to me as my daughter has changed my life. Music life was fun but reality was sinking beneath my feet as I tried to do everything at once. After a few wake up calls and sorting out my own wellbeing, things have settled and I'm loving fatherhood and taking time away from playing. For the future I'm excited to be a part of my daughter’s life and enjoy more good times with my friends, girlfriend and family. I hope to get a new band started with friends sometime soon and play the occasional gig. Dundee is home to me. It has a lot of good people and talent in, along with some exciting things such as the refurbished waterfront. The thing is, you can make Dundee look as bonny as you like, you're still gonna get Archie fae Whitfield hawkin' a loogy next to Desperate Dan, while his dug drops one in the middle of Slessor Gardens. Dundee: not perfect, but it's hame.
India- Dundee
Photo: burnt_bongo
Dundee has always been home to me. My mum’s from Dundee and I've always looked up to her in every way (she's even a wee bit taller than I am).
My mum is the strongest person I know and my closest friend and confidant. I also have two little brothers who are magnificent and make me feel like the luckiest big sister in the world. They amaze me every day with their kindness and incredible taste in music. I'm a recent acting and performance graduate from D&A College.
For so long I have had this intense love affair with acting, admiring actors like Greta Garbo. I let the occupation consume me and it has given me so much joy (and heartache...).
More recently, I have found the power and beauty in creating my own theatre. Finding my feet as a theatre maker has been a turbulent journey but I've found a way of using theatre as a tool to highlight my political and sociological views/issues that are prevalent in the world at the moment. My current focus is making theatre about women's issues - something I am extremely passionate about. I think that being raised by a single mother, I have realised and experienced the adversity that comes along with that, and wish for these issues to have a voice in a theatrical way. I've been lucky enough to have had some opportunities at Dundee Rep as a creative assistant with their Creative Learning Department which has been amazing.
I've met some of the most talented, loving and gracious people during my time there, establishing strong connections with others and found myself in the process.
In Dundee I've found a few like-minded spirits who have been great collaborators and friends from College, The Rep and my workplace, Spex Pistols. I look forward to what's next for me and am so grateful for what this city has given me.
India- Dundee Photo: burnt_bongo Dundee has always been home to me. My mum’s from Dundee and I've always looked up to her in every way (she's even a wee bit taller than I am). My mum is the strongest person I know and my closest friend and confidant. I also have two little brothers who are magnificent and make me feel like the luckiest big sister in the world. They amaze me every day with their kindness and incredible taste in music. I'm a recent acting and performance graduate from D&A College. For so long I have had this intense love affair with acting, admiring actors like Greta Garbo. I let the occupation consume me and it has given me so much joy (and heartache...). More recently, I have found the power and beauty in creating my own theatre. Finding my feet as a theatre maker has been a turbulent journey but I've found a way of using theatre as a tool to highlight my political and sociological views/issues that are prevalent in the world at the moment. My current focus is making theatre about women's issues - something I am extremely passionate about. I think that being raised by a single mother, I have realised and experienced the adversity that comes along with that, and wish for these issues to have a voice in a theatrical way. I've been lucky enough to have had some opportunities at Dundee Rep as a creative assistant with their Creative Learning Department which has been amazing. I've met some of the most talented, loving and gracious people during my time there, establishing strong connections with others and found myself in the process. In Dundee I've found a few like-minded spirits who have been great collaborators and friends from College, The Rep and my workplace, Spex Pistols. I look forward to what's next for me and am so grateful for what this city has given me.
Andrew- Dundee 
Photo: burnt_bongo 
I moved around the Middle East till I was about 12. My mum, my sister and me would kick about a place for about 2 years then jump ship. Dad was in the navy and found jobs based around military stuff which tended not to be where we lived. I think my sister didn’t find it as difficult being away from my dad a lot because, being older, she kind of spent more time with him before we left Scotland. When I moved back to Dundee it was hard to fit in. I wasn’t really used to what it’s like here. I think the main thing that helped me get grounded was music. I’d been playing guitar for ages before coming back and playing music. Jamming away made it a lot easier to show an identity to all these folk who didn’t have a clue who I was. I’ve recently started doing more, playing Sitar for Reckless Kettle and blowing my own trumpet for Jute City Jam. I think Dundee is class for that kind of thing, the way the scene works is organic and natural. If you just talk to folk and do your own thing you’ll find ways of doing what you’re wanting to. People always come together with music.
Andrew- Dundee Photo: burnt_bongo I moved around the Middle East till I was about 12. My mum, my sister and me would kick about a place for about 2 years then jump ship. Dad was in the navy and found jobs based around military stuff which tended not to be where we lived. I think my sister didn’t find it as difficult being away from my dad a lot because, being older, she kind of spent more time with him before we left Scotland. When I moved back to Dundee it was hard to fit in. I wasn’t really used to what it’s like here. I think the main thing that helped me get grounded was music. I’d been playing guitar for ages before coming back and playing music. Jamming away made it a lot easier to show an identity to all these folk who didn’t have a clue who I was. I’ve recently started doing more, playing Sitar for Reckless Kettle and blowing my own trumpet for Jute City Jam. I think Dundee is class for that kind of thing, the way the scene works is organic and natural. If you just talk to folk and do your own thing you’ll find ways of doing what you’re wanting to. People always come together with music.
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Sal – Dumfries 
Photo: @kirstinmcewanphotography
I have worked in hospitality in Dumfries since I was 14 years old and through this became involved in local festivals, which led me to my current job as a Curatorial Team Member in an artist-led collective. My roles have been in production and Front of House management, so I’m proof that you don’t need to be an artist to get involved in the arts industry. I hope that within my job role I can link different groups and communities with events that will create jobs for people in Dumfries, whether it be as an artist or as someone who makes it all happen. I recently planned and held my first event called ‘The Light Room’; this involved a combination of different workshops addressing prejudice, hate speech, mental health awareness and wellbeing. This led to discussions and links between the groups involved to create a modal that tackles prejudice and how to overcome its effects.
Sal – Dumfries Photo: @kirstinmcewanphotography I have worked in hospitality in Dumfries since I was 14 years old and through this became involved in local festivals, which led me to my current job as a Curatorial Team Member in an artist-led collective. My roles have been in production and Front of House management, so I’m proof that you don’t need to be an artist to get involved in the arts industry. I hope that within my job role I can link different groups and communities with events that will create jobs for people in Dumfries, whether it be as an artist or as someone who makes it all happen. I recently planned and held my first event called ‘The Light Room’; this involved a combination of different workshops addressing prejudice, hate speech, mental health awareness and wellbeing. This led to discussions and links between the groups involved to create a modal that tackles prejudice and how to overcome its effects.
Niall – Dumfries 
Photo: @kirstinmcewanphotography
Life is very busy for me at the moment. I’m just finishing up my 2nd year of my adult nursing training whilst also planning my wedding. I find it funny when I tell people I’m getting married as they always assume I’m too young when I’m actually 26. Most people think I’m 18 – being baby faced can be a curse at times.
My wife to be Claire is just finishing up her primary teacher training so we have a running joke that we will need to paint an anarchy sign on the outside of our house to get some street cred back. A teacher and a nurse does sound rather beige!
We also have a little black lab called Daisy which I wouldn’t not mention. She’s a mental little sweetheart of a dog and she is essentially our child which, on saying that, is as lame as it sounds.
Niall – Dumfries Photo: @kirstinmcewanphotography Life is very busy for me at the moment. I’m just finishing up my 2nd year of my adult nursing training whilst also planning my wedding. I find it funny when I tell people I’m getting married as they always assume I’m too young when I’m actually 26. Most people think I’m 18 – being baby faced can be a curse at times. My wife to be Claire is just finishing up her primary teacher training so we have a running joke that we will need to paint an anarchy sign on the outside of our house to get some street cred back. A teacher and a nurse does sound rather beige! We also have a little black lab called Daisy which I wouldn’t not mention. She’s a mental little sweetheart of a dog and she is essentially our child which, on saying that, is as lame as it sounds.
Lizzie – Dumfries 
Photo: @kirstinmcewanphotography
I’ve just finished my first year of uni in Glasgow. Spending the summer back in Dumfries where I grew up feels like a total state of limbo; realising I have more than one place to call home and trying not to let life in a smaller town feel alien. I adore writing and intend to be more proactive with it this year. I study English Lit so there’s no obvious career path there. I’m hoping to get into music journalism as I go to so many gigs in Glasgow and it’s a way to create something productive out of one of my biggest passions. 
While I’m figuring it out, I feel incredibly privileged to be able to learn in a city I love and still have a supportive home to come back to.
Lizzie – Dumfries Photo: @kirstinmcewanphotography I’ve just finished my first year of uni in Glasgow. Spending the summer back in Dumfries where I grew up feels like a total state of limbo; realising I have more than one place to call home and trying not to let life in a smaller town feel alien. I adore writing and intend to be more proactive with it this year. I study English Lit so there’s no obvious career path there. I’m hoping to get into music journalism as I go to so many gigs in Glasgow and it’s a way to create something productive out of one of my biggest passions. While I’m figuring it out, I feel incredibly privileged to be able to learn in a city I love and still have a supportive home to come back to.
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Mark – Dumfries 
Photo: @kirstinmcewanphotography
Although I have lived in Dumfries my whole life and haven’t spent any extended amount of time outside of the town, in recent years I’ve grown to really love the place. I’m lucky to have a great network of supportive and inspiring friends and I do feel like I have a quality of life here I would be hard pressed to find in a city. Over the past few months I feel like I’ve rediscovered myself to a point and realised that I had given up a lot of myself to fit other people’s expectations of me – you live and you learn, I suppose. At this point in my life I’m focused on trying to be the best person I can be and trying to make sense of life and all its twists and turns and I’m really looking forward to seeing where that takes me and continuing the journey with the people who are important to me.
Mark – Dumfries Photo: @kirstinmcewanphotography Although I have lived in Dumfries my whole life and haven’t spent any extended amount of time outside of the town, in recent years I’ve grown to really love the place. I’m lucky to have a great network of supportive and inspiring friends and I do feel like I have a quality of life here I would be hard pressed to find in a city. Over the past few months I feel like I’ve rediscovered myself to a point and realised that I had given up a lot of myself to fit other people’s expectations of me – you live and you learn, I suppose. At this point in my life I’m focused on trying to be the best person I can be and trying to make sense of life and all its twists and turns and I’m really looking forward to seeing where that takes me and continuing the journey with the people who are important to me.
Kirsty – Dumfries 
Photo: @kirstinmcewanphotography
Being a student nurse, a mental health worker and a barmaid means constantly spending my days looking after other people; listening to their problems and telling them that everything will be ok. 
For a period in my life I forgot about actually looking after myself. That meant taking a year out of uni, of work and out of all the things I enjoyed in life and going a little crazy. Ok, so a lot crazy. Now I’m back on track, doing all the things I love, being around all the people that make me smile and most importantly looking after myself. Instead of just telling everyone else everything will be ok, I can tell myself the same thing every single day. Because it will: everything will be ok.
Kirsty – Dumfries Photo: @kirstinmcewanphotography Being a student nurse, a mental health worker and a barmaid means constantly spending my days looking after other people; listening to their problems and telling them that everything will be ok. For a period in my life I forgot about actually looking after myself. That meant taking a year out of uni, of work and out of all the things I enjoyed in life and going a little crazy. Ok, so a lot crazy. Now I’m back on track, doing all the things I love, being around all the people that make me smile and most importantly looking after myself. Instead of just telling everyone else everything will be ok, I can tell myself the same thing every single day. Because it will: everything will be ok.
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Niall - Glasgow 
Photo: @_emoghan
I used to love music as a kid, I played piano from the age of nine. I thought about applying to the Conservatoire in Glasgow to study music but I think it would just be too stressful. I remember just sitting shaking before my grade 8 exam and thinking ‘nah, I don’t want to deal with this’. I’m doing a mechanical engineering course, because statistically speaking I can always pursue art later, but I left school with the qualifications to do something like this now. I do enjoy engineering, I’ve always been fascinated with how machines run and operate, and I think I’m good at it, but of course, art is more fun.
Niall - Glasgow Photo: @_emoghan I used to love music as a kid, I played piano from the age of nine. I thought about applying to the Conservatoire in Glasgow to study music but I think it would just be too stressful. I remember just sitting shaking before my grade 8 exam and thinking ‘nah, I don’t want to deal with this’. I’m doing a mechanical engineering course, because statistically speaking I can always pursue art later, but I left school with the qualifications to do something like this now. I do enjoy engineering, I’ve always been fascinated with how machines run and operate, and I think I’m good at it, but of course, art is more fun.
Sophie - Glasgow 
Photo: @_emoghan
I’ve just finished a year at college and I’m about to start uni this year. I’m moving to London to study there, I’m feeling pretty good about it but it’s kind of daunting too, because I’ve been in a tiny performing arts college in Paisley for a year. It’s gonna be crazy, but I’m excited. Ending up doing this course has been sort of trial and error, for ages I wanted to be a paediatric nurse because my sister was ill at that point. So I was doing work experience at a specialist school for children with autism, working with the kids and doing drama with them. I thought then that if I was to go into nursing it might always be in the back of my mind that I missed out on other opportunities by doing that.
I didn’t meet the conditions to go into nursing and didn’t have many qualifications. I started doing fashion for a while because I’ve always loved making costumes but I dropped out of that and went to America for a year. Then I started doing technical theatre stuff. I loved the idea because it’s all about the sound and lighting and behind the scenes work.
Sophie - Glasgow Photo: @_emoghan I’ve just finished a year at college and I’m about to start uni this year. I’m moving to London to study there, I’m feeling pretty good about it but it’s kind of daunting too, because I’ve been in a tiny performing arts college in Paisley for a year. It’s gonna be crazy, but I’m excited. Ending up doing this course has been sort of trial and error, for ages I wanted to be a paediatric nurse because my sister was ill at that point. So I was doing work experience at a specialist school for children with autism, working with the kids and doing drama with them. I thought then that if I was to go into nursing it might always be in the back of my mind that I missed out on other opportunities by doing that. I didn’t meet the conditions to go into nursing and didn’t have many qualifications. I started doing fashion for a while because I’ve always loved making costumes but I dropped out of that and went to America for a year. Then I started doing technical theatre stuff. I loved the idea because it’s all about the sound and lighting and behind the scenes work.
Ronan - Rutherglen
Photo: @_emoghan 
I’m an apprentice for a generator company, which mainly involves doing a lot of grunt work and I’m also going to college to study electrical engineering. I’m hoping that will allow me to develop myself so that I can go to university in the future.
It’s a weird job to do, I’m not really the hard labour kind of guy, I didn’t really fit in there when I first started. I left school when I was 15 after being kicked out twice, so I’ve got 2 qualifications. I think it’s kind of a miracle that I have a job at all. With this job, I feel like it’s made me a better person, this whole journey has.
Ronan - Rutherglen Photo: @_emoghan I’m an apprentice for a generator company, which mainly involves doing a lot of grunt work and I’m also going to college to study electrical engineering. I’m hoping that will allow me to develop myself so that I can go to university in the future. It’s a weird job to do, I’m not really the hard labour kind of guy, I didn’t really fit in there when I first started. I left school when I was 15 after being kicked out twice, so I’ve got 2 qualifications. I think it’s kind of a miracle that I have a job at all. With this job, I feel like it’s made me a better person, this whole journey has.
Cara - Glasgow
Photo: @_emoghan
I’m an art student, my specialism is jewellery and silversmithing but primarily I’m a designer, I don’t want to limit myself. I’m inspired by mostly contemporaries, both fine artists and designers, there’s no limit to that. I really do like a lot of abstract work by Charlie Peters and people like that, who are very minimalistic. I just finished my folio course in college, so I’ve been mostly catching up with everything I’ve made and I’ve opened up an online site and store. This came about because I thought it was really important to have an outlet that isn’t Instagram or some kind of social media, that could be my own space to shape.
Cara - Glasgow Photo: @_emoghan I’m an art student, my specialism is jewellery and silversmithing but primarily I’m a designer, I don’t want to limit myself. I’m inspired by mostly contemporaries, both fine artists and designers, there’s no limit to that. I really do like a lot of abstract work by Charlie Peters and people like that, who are very minimalistic. I just finished my folio course in college, so I’ve been mostly catching up with everything I’ve made and I’ve opened up an online site and store. This came about because I thought it was really important to have an outlet that isn’t Instagram or some kind of social media, that could be my own space to shape.
Hayley - Glasgow
Photo: @_emoghan
I just got back to Scotland after spending 10 months in Tianjin, China. It was amazing, really really enriching. I was just thrown straight in the deep end. I was studying the language at the foreign studies university. Coming back to Scotland has been really weird, everything is so different here, the air, the architecture, everyone driving on the other side of the road… I missed it more than I can describe, it’s something I can’t really put into words. China is such a big country, I definitely plan on going back, it seems like the kind of place without limits. I just want to keep learning about the world, by getting out there and doing it, not sitting at home reading about it.
Hayley - Glasgow Photo: @_emoghan I just got back to Scotland after spending 10 months in Tianjin, China. It was amazing, really really enriching. I was just thrown straight in the deep end. I was studying the language at the foreign studies university. Coming back to Scotland has been really weird, everything is so different here, the air, the architecture, everyone driving on the other side of the road… I missed it more than I can describe, it’s something I can’t really put into words. China is such a big country, I definitely plan on going back, it seems like the kind of place without limits. I just want to keep learning about the world, by getting out there and doing it, not sitting at home reading about it.
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Ghazal – Glasgow
Photo: @omaralzidjali
I was always indecisive about what to study but I later decided on interior design and will pursue it to have a career in that. I also adore the subject of psychology and like to look at it in terms of why we feel the way we do when we are in a space or what it then stirs within us. Linking the two subjects keeps it intriguing and enables interesting concepts. Ultimately our surroundings are so important, similar to the people you let in your life and have around you; it should make you feel comfortable, excited and happy.
Ghazal – Glasgow Photo: @omaralzidjali I was always indecisive about what to study but I later decided on interior design and will pursue it to have a career in that. I also adore the subject of psychology and like to look at it in terms of why we feel the way we do when we are in a space or what it then stirs within us. Linking the two subjects keeps it intriguing and enables interesting concepts. Ultimately our surroundings are so important, similar to the people you let in your life and have around you; it should make you feel comfortable, excited and happy.
Sally – Glasgow
Photo: @omaralzidjali
I was born and raised in the highlands of Scotland in Inverness. I always thought I would live there forever and had no plans on leaving. I worked in a restaurant and was working my way up to management with the hopes of it becoming my career. When I was around 21 I decided that I 
wanted to try something different and see what life outside my hometown was like. I made a few calls to a couple of friends who already lived in Glasgow and told them I wanted to move down, within a month or two I had my car packed up, made the trip down and moved in with two of my best friends. Now I've stopped being a manager in a restaurant and I'm starting college in August to study Administration and I can honestly say I've never been happier. I love Glasgow and the ability it
gives you to find the best version of yourself; I don't see myself moving away any time soon.
Sally – Glasgow Photo: @omaralzidjali I was born and raised in the highlands of Scotland in Inverness. I always thought I would live there forever and had no plans on leaving. I worked in a restaurant and was working my way up to management with the hopes of it becoming my career. When I was around 21 I decided that I wanted to try something different and see what life outside my hometown was like. I made a few calls to a couple of friends who already lived in Glasgow and told them I wanted to move down, within a month or two I had my car packed up, made the trip down and moved in with two of my best friends. Now I've stopped being a manager in a restaurant and I'm starting college in August to study Administration and I can honestly say I've never been happier. I love Glasgow and the ability it gives you to find the best version of yourself; I don't see myself moving away any time soon.
Katie – Maryhill
Photo: @omaralzidjali
Even after my fifth 12 hour shift in a row, through the exhaustion and the muscle aches, I am still able to smile. There is nothing more rewarding than nursing people through an illness or just being 
there to hold someone's hand in their final moments. As a nurse you see some pretty heart-breaking things. But you also get to experience so many moments of joy. After months, sometimes years of agony, the relief on your patients’ face when they are told their recent tests showed no signs of 
cancer; this is why I became a nurse. The gratitude shining from your patients’ eyes as you hold their hair and rub their back while they're being sick; this is why I became a nurse. Witnessing the fear 
disappear from your patients’ body as you give them words of comfort and reassurance; this is why I became a nurse. All these moments are what make you keep going back. They are what make you 
forget about that one patient that was rude to you. They are what make you proud to be a nurse.
Katie – Maryhill Photo: @omaralzidjali Even after my fifth 12 hour shift in a row, through the exhaustion and the muscle aches, I am still able to smile. There is nothing more rewarding than nursing people through an illness or just being there to hold someone's hand in their final moments. As a nurse you see some pretty heart-breaking things. But you also get to experience so many moments of joy. After months, sometimes years of agony, the relief on your patients’ face when they are told their recent tests showed no signs of cancer; this is why I became a nurse. The gratitude shining from your patients’ eyes as you hold their hair and rub their back while they're being sick; this is why I became a nurse. Witnessing the fear disappear from your patients’ body as you give them words of comfort and reassurance; this is why I became a nurse. All these moments are what make you keep going back. They are what make you forget about that one patient that was rude to you. They are what make you proud to be a nurse.
Saffron - Johnston
@omaralzidjali 
I explored, maybe a little too much, throughout my teens and 20’s. I took chances, chose the wrong relationships and tried different careers. By the time I was 30, I’d had more addresses than my years of life. I’d had more than enough heartbreak, bad health and antibiotics along the way. It wasn’t until I was 32 where I was given a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome…later to be “probable 
Fibromyalgia”. I was feeling dizzy, shaking and my manual dexterity for my job as a dental nurse had gone totally downhill. I tried converting to office work as an adaptive measure but had to quit as my 
health worsened. I had then lost my job, my home, my boyfriend all in the space of 3 weeks. I spent a year of what felt like being removed from society, isolated and yet somehow with faith. I knew my 
body needed time. I knew I needed to do research and change aspects of my life. I knew my lifestyle had caught up with me.
I decided to make good out of the bad and went to college to study complementary therapies. It was hellish to begin, trying to push myself with lots of hospital visits throughout as they still tried to figure what was wrong with me. I eventually scrapped the idea of labels. I didn’t need a label. My 
learning enabled me to see that you don’t need labels to treat yourself as a whole. My mission wasn’t set in stone but I knew I wanted to make a difference. I specifically want to help people suffering from chronic illnesses but I also want to change minds. As well as treatments I offer from premises, mobile and for charities. I want to conduct seminars to reach everyday people and help them see how everything is interlinked. I want to show how we’ve become trapped in a system of just looking for a quick-fix cure, rather than change the whole. Too many people can go for years not realising that conditioning habitual stuff has played a huge part in how they’ve manifested ailments 
that they just can’t shift. There’s a whole equation to consider, to find a way to rebalance and reset the body and give it a chance to heal. Everybody is capable.
Saffron - Johnston @omaralzidjali I explored, maybe a little too much, throughout my teens and 20’s. I took chances, chose the wrong relationships and tried different careers. By the time I was 30, I’d had more addresses than my years of life. I’d had more than enough heartbreak, bad health and antibiotics along the way. It wasn’t until I was 32 where I was given a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome…later to be “probable Fibromyalgia”. I was feeling dizzy, shaking and my manual dexterity for my job as a dental nurse had gone totally downhill. I tried converting to office work as an adaptive measure but had to quit as my health worsened. I had then lost my job, my home, my boyfriend all in the space of 3 weeks. I spent a year of what felt like being removed from society, isolated and yet somehow with faith. I knew my body needed time. I knew I needed to do research and change aspects of my life. I knew my lifestyle had caught up with me. I decided to make good out of the bad and went to college to study complementary therapies. It was hellish to begin, trying to push myself with lots of hospital visits throughout as they still tried to figure what was wrong with me. I eventually scrapped the idea of labels. I didn’t need a label. My learning enabled me to see that you don’t need labels to treat yourself as a whole. My mission wasn’t set in stone but I knew I wanted to make a difference. I specifically want to help people suffering from chronic illnesses but I also want to change minds. As well as treatments I offer from premises, mobile and for charities. I want to conduct seminars to reach everyday people and help them see how everything is interlinked. I want to show how we’ve become trapped in a system of just looking for a quick-fix cure, rather than change the whole. Too many people can go for years not realising that conditioning habitual stuff has played a huge part in how they’ve manifested ailments that they just can’t shift. There’s a whole equation to consider, to find a way to rebalance and reset the body and give it a chance to heal. Everybody is capable.