When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die
OK, I just want to begin this post saying I don’t ride a dragon, expose myself to a crowd of individuals or “know nothing” (debatable) but just hold fire I’ve got an idea here…
I, like many other individuals, am obsessed with the phenomenon that is Game of Thrones and since we started this whirlwind of setting up our own business 8 weeks ago I’ve come to think there are a heck of a lot of similarities between my life and the world’s favourite TV show.
So ladies and gentlemen here are 5 reasons why my life is like Games of Thrones…. READY? You should be…
1. The good guy doesn't always win
“Sometimes there is no happy choice, only one less grievous than the others.” John Snow
Having worked for a storytelling agency in my past I understand the construct of a story narrative. A hero is born, he sets off on a mission, he comes up against an evil force and after a short tussle for power the hero prevails. Games of Thrones isn’t like this, and neither my dear friends is life. In a world where Donald Trump may become President and the UK will no longer be a part of Europe it’s easy to question what the f**k is going on. Brexit has meant that as a start-up we are going to have to fight harder to set-up and secure business whilst also forcing us to spend less on wine when we visit Berlin & Barcelona this month. Not ideal.
2. Strong women rule - literally
“Woman? Is that meant to insult me? I would return the slap, if I took you for a man.” Daenerys Targaryen
Game of Thrones has several strong female characters who showcase their leadership and power. All are humanised aside their male counterparts which is refreshing. Often flawed, learning as they go and demanding equality (please ignore the showing a disturbing love for a brother part – don’t worry this doesn’t apply to either Nat or I) the women in power aren’t afraid to fight for what they believe in. As two gals setting up our own business it’s pretty reassuring to see that although there is work to be done, the gender balance is shifting. Although we won’t be exposing our breasts anytime soon. #sorry
3. We're all looking for a hero
“Not all heroes wield weapons, some simply hold doors” A Game of Thrones fan (not me basically)
If you’ve read Nat’s last blog post, you’ll know we are personally on the lookout for two heroes’ (press “Say Hello” now if you are one). But seriously I’ve learnt it’s important to have mentors to help guide the way. Nat and I are both incredibly lucky to have some amazing talent in the industry (and outside of it) mentor us now and throughout our careers. Without this wisdom and insight, I’m not sure we would have ever got to this crazy place where we call ourselves co-founders and bowl about Shoreditch taking ludicrous selfies at the Ace Hotel. Thanks guys – you can blame yourselves for that one – you know who you are…
4. It's important to know who you are what you stand for
“Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” Tyrion Lannister
Too often or not we find ourselves in an ever watchful world afraid to say how we really feel in case we upset the status quo. In my teens & twenties I tried to please everybody and adjust to whatever situation I was thrown into. I’ve been through several embarrassing moments trying to “fit in” which has led to me falling off a stage backwards whilst attempting an ill-advised dance move (long story) or getting highlights that looked like a toddler had gone wild with a tipex pen. I’m not alone on this one… Nat herself has gone through many transformations, one unfortunate hair incident left her looking like Rod Stewart, as she was trying desperately to prove to the world that she was indeed a (male) rock star. The moral of the story is we live and we learn and when setting up Mac&Moore we had to think about what we really stand for and own who we are. And for reference that’s two gals who have a penchant for snapchatting pictures of party salads (yes they exist) and deciding which kind of pepper we are.
5. Keep on fighting the good fight
“When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die”
Rather dramatic some of you may be thinking. Well really Game of Thrones does have a point. If you’re not going to find passion in what you do whether it’s at work or in your personal time, then what the f**k are we doing? I’ve spent too much time already being angry with myself for not having the confidence to jump into self-employment sooner. I may not be fighting against the nightwalkers or Cersai Lannister but I’m sure as hell going to fight for something I believe in. That’s me, my crazy biz partner Nat, the wonderful people that inspire us and for the next generation that will follow in our footsteps. And don’t worry – we’ll be snapchatting our journey (and penchant for lettuce) every step of the way for you to follow…
Ps. If any of you were intrigued Nat has been told she resembles a bell pepper and I’m a fiery scotch bonnet.