Meet Mejse

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The Danish Girl who isn’t Eddie Redmayne.

Mejse Olrik Olsen is our sweet and talented Design Intern, who in the few months she’s been with us already feels she’s learnt a lot. So much so, she wanted to tell us all about her journey from Denmark to Malta.

What made you dive into the world of design?

I have always liked everything creative. Drawing, dancing, acting, you name it. I remember setting up collages when I was younger, and spending hours working on handmade cards. I also loved editing on Picasa, after which I slowly started using Photoshop. 

Whenever I saw something, be it clothes or shoes, I always had that feeling of ‘what if they did it more like this’, both in design and functionality. I started realising how so many things are overdone, and how we don’t always need to try too hard to come up with the best design.

How did you discover BRND WGN, and what made you apply?

I knew I wanted to undergo my internship abroad, and I also wanted to find a talented and fun team of people to work with. I was browsing through different design agencies in Europe, and when I saw all the pink-themed photos on BRND WGN’s ‘About’ page, I was immediately sold.

How has your experience with BRND WGN been so far?

It’s been amazing! Everyone is so kind, I feel at home. It’s been very inspiring to get a look into the real world outside of school. The vibe at work is really cool, because everyone is working hard, but at the same time having a lot of fun too. 

On a personal level, I can see that I have evolved both as a designer and, more importantly, as a person. I feel so lucky that I have three more months to go. I can’t wait to learn even more about design and BRND WGN.

What inspires you to be creative in your work?

Where do I even begin? American graphic designer David Carson is definitely one of my favourites. I’m always inspired by my surroundings, especially now that I am based in Malta, from going to concerts and museums, to experiencing new adventures. Of course, I’m also always inspired by my classmates back home in Denmark. 

I have been so blessed to be in the company of some of the most creative people I’ve ever met these past few years. All in all, what inspires me the most is to be creative in my work and to always challenge the rules. 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

After I finished school, I didn’t know what career I wanted to pursue. So I took some time out and got a job in a bakery. One day, the wife of my former teacher asked me the typical ‘what now’ question. Luckily for me, she gave me the best piece of advice - to consider The School of Visual Communication in Denmark. 

I am now in my third and final year of my Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication. My time at the school has taught me to never settle for less, to keep reaching for what will make me happy and to always go with my gut instincts. I can therefore attest that some people really are meant to cross your path.

What would you say to creatives out there who are interested in going for an opportunity like you have, but find it daunting?

I think life is too short to waste it being scared. If you really want to do something, then you must go for it. Reach out to your friends if you need help. They will help you feel more prepared for everything life will throw at you. 

If you decide to travel abroad for a creative opportunity as I did, you will probably feel homesick in the beginning. But eventually you start feeling independent. Taking a flight on your own, or going somewhere new, without knowing everything first, doesn’t seem as scary anymore. In fact, I might have gotten hooked to this travelling thing now.