This week, we welcomed the newest member of the Ready team, Bath Spa University graduate Madeline Cullen.

Madeline joins us as our new Marketing Assistant. She’ll be helping to increase our awareness and expertise in creative campaigns amongst existing and potential clients, and the wider marketing fraternity too.

So we thought we’d get to know her a little better with a few friendly questions…

What were you doing before you joined Ready?

A mix of things really. Some freelance work, running my blog and also working on a few film projects.

But before that, I spent three years at Bath Spa University doing a Creative Writing degree. I graduated last summer with a 2:1.

What got you into creative writing?

When I was younger, my school had days where you would come in dressed as what you wanted to be when you grew up. I always wanted to be a writer, so I would get dressed up in what I thought a writer would wear.

I’ve just always loved books, and writing. I used to get Bs in pretty much all my subjects except English Language and English Literature, which were always As and A*s. So when I found out it was possible to study creative writing, it was a no-brainer.

What have you learned since starting in your role?

A lot about marketing. My role involves writing content about the areas we specialise in, so I’ve been researching the latest trends in industries like beauty. It’s been a lot of information to take in, but I’ve learnt a huge amount this week.

Where did you grow up?

In Devon, on the Devon/Cornwall border. We lived in the middle of nowhere, in a huge old manor house that was 40 minutes from the nearest bus stop.

I think the house was haunted, although I never dared to go into the scariest part of the house so didn’t see any ghosts.

Who or what inspires you creatively?

Definitely Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese animated film maker.

Film maker Hayao Miyazaki

I didn’t watch a lot of Disney when I grew up, as my mum didn’t really agree with the ‘princess’ stereotypes from a feminist point of view. So I wasn’t really into animation. But I watched Hayao Miyazaki’s film Spirited Away after it won an Oscar in 2001, and instantly went and rented all his other movies. I’m completely hooked.

What do you get up to outside of work?

As you might have guessed, I love watching films. Particularly weird ones – the weirder and less known the better, actually. If it’s virtually impossible to find on DVD, I’ll want to watch it.

I’ve watched a couple of Yorgos Lanthimos’ movies recently, The Lobster and Dogtooth. They’re really weird. But really good.

A film poster for the movie Dogtooth

I’ve also got into board games recently. Sometime friends come round and we’ll put on a film, but then we either sit in silence or just talk all over it and don’t really watch it. Board games are a much more fun way to spend time, and the competitiveness is good too!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself…

So far in my life, I haven’t come across a single food that I don’t like. I’m not a cautious eater, either. I’ll honestly eat anything.

Somebody eating something horrible on television

Okay and finally…if you had £1000 to spend in a day, what would you do?

Spend it all on clothes, without a doubt. I do like vintage clothes, so I’d probably just blow it all on some cool vintage stuff.

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