Media Week 30 under 30: Rowan Newman, Weve

what’s something every media person should do before they’re 30?

Find a hobby that you love.

The people I’ve admired most in media have been as passionate about their hobbies as they are about their work. It’s not coincidental that these same people have been the creators, the innovators and the people who aren’t afraid to try new things. 

In my free time I love making things. Last week I made my own coffee table, this weekend I’m working on my own recipe for a 24-hour ramen. Having a distraction outside of work has helped me become a more rounded person and strike a work life balance.

But most valuable was the journey to find something that I enjoy. I’ve overcome some of my biggest challenges at work outside of the office. I’m no longer afraid of the unknown, which gives me the confidence to push the boundaries and innovate at Weve.

That’s because I’ve tried lots of different things.

I’ve been a live-in landlady at a Brixton pub, sold everything from electric bikes and men’s underwear through to women's fashion and tequila shots and finally written for a magazine that became climatically weird when I found myself interviewing Pete Doherty about his penchant for painting with his own blood.

The journey wasn’t always smooth. Some of these things I’d go as far as to say I hated. Although the high point was definitely being able to say, ‘get out of my pub’.

But most importantly they’ve taught me what I’m good and bad at. They’ve taught me to push myself out of my comfort zone. And made me realise that people can achieve a hell of a lot when they really try.

If you could take one thing to a desert island, what would you chose and why? 

I'd take my Pomeranian, Ian. I'm not sure he'd survive at home alone, plus he has a calming influence on me. But before you think ‘crazy dog lady’, he's fitted with a tracking chip so most importantly I could enjoy my time on the island confident in the knowledge we’d soon be saved. Nice one Ian! .

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