Jolade Olusanya

How has being a London Laureate impacted your career?

Being on the London Laureate programme opened me up to wealth of development and networks I didn’t know existed. I was able to hone my craft alongside other artists just like me and from diverse backgrounds. I was mentored by people I had looked up to and never thought I would get to meet, as well as getting the chance to challenge myself and find my own voice. Professionally, London Laureates has given me the ability to perform on any stage offered and helped me realise that I didn’t have to change who I was to reach anyone. Through workshops, London Laureates has hleped improve my writing on a tremendous scale and helped me discover to keep seeking excellence in my work.

 Tell us about what you’ve been involved with since National Poetry Day 2013

Since the National Poetry Day 2013 I’ve been given opportunities to perform at different events and work on commissions for many different projects such as Weatherfronts for The Free Word Centre and more. I’ve also been leading workshops for local councils and developing personal poetry projects.

What would you advise anyone who’s thinking of applying for the Young Poet Laureate 2015/2016?

I’d advise them to do it because even if you don’t get the YPL, the amount of development and opportunities that will come your way will do more for you than you think. It doesn’t even feel like a competition because everyone gets something back. Two years down the line, I’m still benefitting even though I was shortlisted.

 What are your interests and what opportunities are you looking for?

I’m looking for opportunities to work with global arts organizations, schools and corporations, media companies and more on commissions, performances, creative briefs and more. I’m all about creative omnipresence and inspiring mankind to be more than what our circumstances dictate to us. I’m specifically looking at ways to work with young people across the world and helping to foster their creative tendencies and nurture their voices. I’m a filmmaker and photographer often mixing in poetry. If anyone would love to work on projects, feel free to get in touch!

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