At Volt we’re always curious about new talent. Which is why we leapt at the chance to profile four recent alumni of the Mastered programmes. Mastered is a four month long online program that gives you the opportunity to be taught by industry heavyweights such as Nick Knight, Sam McKnight, Val Garland and Tim Blanks amongst others. Once enrolled, Mastered is committed to providing you with the right insight and openings, but also to hook you up with their network of creatives so you can collaborate and create your best work ever while learning from people who are at the peak of their profession. Working with this extensive list of industry people means the pressure is on; none of that laid-back college approach where you have months to turn around a project. As places on each program are extremely limited you’re more likely to be seen by their industry experts and get meaningful feedback on the work you create during your enrolment. A quick glance on the list of people involved should make your heart beat a lot faster as it is chock-full of serious heavyweights – no wonder they demand commitment, passion, versatility and above all, talent, from potential students. But it will pay off, the feedback from the first batch of alumni tells happy tales of work published in magazines and the excitement of your work being name checked by Vivienne Westwood!
Last week we profiled Photographer Tania Kezha; this week, it is Lusha Alic, also a Photographer.
I go by the name Lusha Alic, and I am a 23-year-old female Image Maker specializing in Fashion. Originally from Slovenia, where I studied general photography at the High School of Art and Photography. I am currently based in London, where I recently graduated in BA Fashion Photography at London College of Fashion. My body of work mostly consists of sexualized fashion contexts and graphic imagery, which focuses on the themes aimed at female sexuality, exploring unfamiliar qualities of the human body form and looks into subject of otherness. The imagery I create reflects my personal views on beauty.
What attracted you to Mastered?
I was contacted by the Mastered team asking if I would be interested in participating in this program; what sold it to me was the fact that your work would get exposed to a lot of big names from the industry plus the many opportunities that we had the chance to participate in. I feel like the program offered much more than I initially expected.
I didn’t have any concerns whatsoever; I liked the whole online concept. I feel that everything was kept really organized. It was easy to access the content online as well as the Mastered team.
What was your best moment during the program?
My best moment was when I got an unexpected opportunity to do a shoot with Anti Agency along with hair stylists from the Hair Mastered program.
And your worst?
My worst moment must be the time when I missed out on an opportunity to have my work featured in 10 Magazine.
Do you feel the kind of work do you do now has changed after being exposed to a very demanding, high-end fashion world through Mastered?
Taking part in this program definitely changed the way I view my work, and it has helped me creating my own voice. I feel like we as photographers have a constant need to improve our work; experiment and challenge ourselves to create new things.
It was such an amazing experience. I admire him for sharing all the knowledge and tips he has stored from working in the industry for so many years. Being able to watch his video content on the program gave me an insider’s view of the fashion industry and has left me feeling very motivated and inspired on so many different levels.
Do you find the post-program online alumni helpful?
More knowledge is always helpful.
How do you feel the program on the whole has worked for you?
It has offered me a great exposure, I feel my work is being noticed much more, which has definitely helped me with being more confident with the way I see my output.
And finally, what are you working on next?
I am working on some exciting new projects as well as trying to experiment more with the medium of fashion films.
Words by Anna Bang
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