MEET OUR MEMBER: ENGAGE LIVE

A big thanks to Lee for taking the time to chat with us today about Engage Live

Tell us about Engage Live in one sentence?

Engage Live is an online photography training platform offering HD educational video downloads for aspiring photographers to learn from on demand; we work with some of the industry's leading educators and have built up a library of 30+ classes, available to download now, focussing on everything from wedding, food and fashion photography to digital art and business essentials for those seeking to go professional.

How do you define success?

Success is seeing our users improve and grow as photographers and businesspeople. Being an online platform, we attract aspiring and semi-professional photographers from all around the world, eager to learn new things, and we therefore take great pleasure in observing their work develop. As our users become more confident and successful in their chosen fields of photography, Engage Live will grow and improve with them.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

To learn is to listen. Nothing can be done on your lonesome. Welcome others into your fold, question them about what you do and take on board their feedback. Seek out those with experience in other fields and listen to them, too. If you are open to new ideas and concepts, that only improve your business.

Why have you chosen to become a resident of Eighty81?

We have been resident in Eighty81 since it launched in 2015, and we're very proud of that. We wanted to work alongside other creatives – Derry is full of them – and in doing so we have benefited hugely. Eighty81 is a wonderful place to work, full of like-minded individuals with great skills to share. It's a truly collaborative environment to work in – and the common area downstairs is arguably the coolest of its kind anywhere in Northern Ireland. You shouldn't think about applying to work here, you just should!

Is Eighty81 living up to your expectations?

Most definitely. To be honest, it's difficult to think of any negatives aspects of working here. It's perfectly situated, has great amenities within walking distance, and has a very cool common area.

Do you have any news you would like to mention?

We're currently working on building out our educational video programme for 2016, adding landscape, astrophotography and many other new subjects to our library. If you see us filming out and about in Derry, come and say hello!