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Venetia Falconer on Food, Fashion and Failure

Posted on 9 May 2018 by Miss Emily Acton-Edmiston

It was impossible not to feel motivated as the 2017/2018 Inspiring Women series drew to a close on Tuesday evening, with a thoroughly engaging, high-energy talk by TV presenter, producer and content creator, Venetia Falconer.

Before making their way up to the Senior School Hall to hear about Venetia’s career journey, guests gathered in the Black Dining Room for champagne and canapés to meet their speaker.

After being introduced by Inspiring Women 2017/18 prefect, Antonia Bryceson, Venetia recounted her time at school and in the National Youth Theatre. After a few academic twists and turns, she found herself at Warwick University where she realised her passion for media – creating her own radio shows and pursuing work experience.
From making tea and sitting in on meetings, Venetia stressed the importance of work experience to create job opportunities for yourself. The message of stepping out of your comfort zone and seizing every opportunity that comes your way, underpinned much of Venetia’s talk. She explained that although she seems outwardly confident, her inner self-esteem does not always correlate and it takes a big effort to adopt a ‘get up and go’ attitude, which is integral to success, in almost any field.

After three years of hard graft, Venetia’s work experience at media companies such as Pulse and MTV led her to a presenting role on 4Music. It was there that she had the opportunity to interview A-list celebrities such as Ryan Reynolds and Cameron Diaz, describing her time as ‘absolutely incredible – nothing else mattered!’ However, all good things must come to an end and when bookings stopped coming in, she was left with a crushing feeling of failure, believing that she wasn’t good enough.

They say when one door closes, another one opens and in Venetia’s case, tenacity triumphed over defeat and seeing that the online and digital world was (and still is) booming, Venetia began her own YouTube channel, and podcast, Talking Tastebuds and regularly presents on Tastemade, a video network that offers food and travel related programming for online audiences. She adores being a freelancer and running her own projects online, explaining that it gives her a heightened sense of freedom and creativity, where she is able to explore the themes and subjects that are close to heart, such as food and fashion.

A huge thank you to Venetia for concluding this year’s series and also to Antonia for all her hard behind the scenes to make this year’s talks happen! We now welcome our 2018/2019 Inspiring Women prefect, Iona Martyrossian – we hope you enjoy your new role!