Hello my lovelies, time is flying past and we are already at the end of October. What has happened to this year?! Today on Behind the Screens I’m talking to Rebecca Ellis, a twenty-one year old girl, living and writing She In The Know from her home in Northern Ireland. When she’s not working as a sales assistant for The Perfume Shop, or delving into photography shoots with clients via her part-time business; Rebecca Ellis Photography, Rebecca can be found in her bedroom, at her desk, with her headphones on…alongside planning short getaways/road trips with her best friend and boyfriend Matthew, writing blog posts, or sipping cups of tea in-front of the television with her old pair. Rebecca talks about how she originally got in to blogging and how your mum is always right, no matter what the situation.
What were you doing before blogging and how did you get in to it?
It’s quite ironic really; I started my first blog on a website called Piczo at the age of eleven. It was the highlight of my teens – I would come home, log on, respond to a few comments and than write a diary styled entry on my website about my day at school. I thought it was the bee’s knees until Piczo started to decline and I was studying for GCSE’s, I guess I just didn’t have time for it anymore… so I took a step back and here I am a few years later with a fully fledged website and my own domain. Before She In The Know; I was working between Healthcare and Retail whilst studying and figuring things out – now I’m a part-time sales assistant, trying to go freelance in both blogging and photography.
What’s the best thing you’ve done so far within your blog?
This is hard to pinpoint because She In The Know is such a new blog, but I think the fact that I now have a readership who can not only relate to the topics I’m discussing, but to me on a personal level is honestly just the best thing that’s come out of my website, besides working with brands and finding a drive in myself that I didn’t necessarily know I had before. It’s honestly just pushed me down a path of freelancing, although granted it’s a bit of a gruelling process… I’m over the moon that I am where I am because of my blog and I hope that over the years I get to meet more people on my wavelength.
Who is your biggest influence?
I’m going to be a bit cheesy and say that my Mum and my Dad are two of the biggest influences in my life. They are without a doubt, two of the most amazing people I have ever met and we are practically inseparable. I aspire to be as caring and as loving as they are with me, when I have my own children and am proud to say that they have instilled success, drive and creativity in me and I can’t thank them enough for their continued support over the years.
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
Truthfully I think this is dependent on the situation; but if I have learnt anything over the years it’s that my Mum is always right. So if I’m going to take anyone’s advice, no matter how delirious it may be… it’s one hundred percent, going to be my Mum’s. I think the best advice she’s ever given me; is that I don’t owe anyone anything. I have a tendency to be quite nervous leading up to certain situations, but my Mum has always been my biggest cheerleader and she reminds me that I don’t owe anyone, anything and that I am going to smash it – whether it’s a job interview or a photo-shoot.
What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time; this is what I do. I thrive on writing, photography, travelling and being in good company. I try my hardest to put time and energy when I get the chance into projects and people in my life who deserve it. Other than that I’m probably gorging on crisps and listening to music.
What is your favourite and least favourite part about blogging?
My favourite part about blogging isn’t just the connections you can make with people; because it is such a vast community now. But I thoroughly enjoy the simplicity of writing a blog post and publishing it, along with the photographs I have taken.
My least favourite part about blogging is that because it’s an over-saturated market now, it’s quite hard to be seen and heard and I think sometimes we get a bit too obsessive with numbers and forget that Rome wasn’t built-in a day.
Favourite beauty brands?
I’m going to go with my classics and say Urban Decay for its eye-shadow palettes, Mac for its lipsticks and Simple for its skin care range.
What is a typical day in your life?
A typical working day for me consists of:
– Waking up at 8AM,
– Completing a morning shift (9AM – 1.30PM),
– Grabbing a bite to eat
– Responding to emails, comments, mentions, texts and phone calls
– Promoting both my photography business and my blog
– Completing photography shoots in the evening,
– Editing, editing and more editing
– Exercise (walking my boyfriend’s dog, or going to the gym)
– Into the shower, then fresh pyjamas
– More blog reading, promotion and photography work
– Spending time with family, friends, my partner
– And then off I saunter to bed for a proper night’s sleep.
What one product couldn’t you live without?
Headphones; purely because I’m never off Spotify and I am very much a put your headphones on and forget the world type of person.
What’s your favourite type of music?
Three words to describe you?
Impatient, Determined, Articulate.
How would you describe your personal style?
Finding my personal style is actually a task I set myself this year; although I don’t know what you would class a slogan tee, ripped denim jeans, vans/or converse and a jacket – but that’s my go-to outfit.
Drugstore or high-end gal?
High-end all the way, which is ironic considering my sloppy sense of style.
Best advice to bloggers:
Let’s keep it basic; just do you. Write about topics that you enjoy, topics that you’re passionate about and don’t forget connect with people, whether that’s through twitter chats, Instagram pods or simply through the comment section. It’s really important that you build rapport and promote yourself, how are people going to know that you’re there otherwise? Always remember; Rome wasn’t built-in a day, if I can create a website and build a following, then hell anyone can. It’s up to you to decide where you want this to go.
Thanks for reading my lovelies, tune in tomorrow for my interview with Mollie Quirk.
Sophie Joan x