Get inspired by the stories of Goldsmiths alumni
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On this podcast we share the stories of Goldsmiths alumni – from their experiences as students to their current careers.
Thomas Ankin studied History at Goldsmiths, beginning his journey in 2011. He hadn’t attended college before, so he accepted a place on the Goldsmiths foundation year to help him get on track and get ready for degree-level study. With the help and support of his tutors, Thomas gained his degree and went on to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in History. Thomas is a true Goldsmiths success story. His journey shows that even with an unconventional route into Higher Education, if you want it, there is a place for you. We hope that you are inspired by Thomas and his story of tenacity and perseverance.
About the podcast
The podcast is hosted by Goldsmiths graduate Kocoa, who leads insightful conversations with alumni from a range of disciplines and backgrounds. She will find out more about where they've been, what they're doing now, and where they're heading next.
We hope that hearing about the unique journeys of our alumni inspires you in your own path to Goldsmiths and beyond.
Meet the host, Kocoa
Kocoa graduated from Goldsmiths in 2022 with a First Class Bachelor of Music degree. While studying, Kocoa became a Student Ambassador, which involved giving campus tours, conducting interviews for events, and running music workshops. Always keen to get involved with the community, Kocoa was also a Student Community Leader, and held several Officer positions in the Goldsmiths Students' Union (SU).
Alongside all of this and her studies, Kocoa began her radio show, 'Aspirational Women', on Wired Radio (the SU's radio society). She ran the show throughout the Covid pandemic from her living room every week, with guests contributing via telephone.
Kocoa is also the front woman for Mahogany Soulz, a collective that comes together with smooth soulful ballads and iconic foot-stomping hit songs. Mahogany Soulz has residencies in London venues and performs at private events. Kocoa's passion for music and community has always influenced her drive to work creatively with others.
Over the past three years, Kocoa has been working on her book, 'Aspirational Woman', which explores the journeys of women who are empowering themselves and others, and learning to nurture self-growth.
Kocoa is currently a Student Success Coordinator at Goldsmiths. She is always keen to help, learn, understand, and encourage others to thrive.
This episode features English literature graduate Johnny Kay, who is now Head of Partnerships at football culture platform, VERSUS. He also manages Mercury Prize and MOBO Award-nominated musician, Novelist. Johnny talks about how he left a job in the city to build a career around his passions.
Eloise Dethier-Eaton is a Belgo-British artist whose multi-disciplinary practice includes painting, printmaking, paper marbling and photography. She draws from decorative patterns, as cultural signifiers which are deeply imbued with meaning and identity, to reflect on subjects like the environmental challenges we face today. Eloise graduated from the joint BA Fine Art & History of Art in 2018.
Dan Coyle is the Head of Digital Marketing Content for the record labels XL Recordings and Young. He has helped to grow the digital presence of many artists including Nile Rodgers from Chic, FKA twigs, Arca and Yaeji by hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of views. Dan elevates boundary-pushing artists by creating, commissioning and strategising the visual content needed for their campaigns worldwide. Dan studied BMus Popular Music at Goldsmiths in 2014.
Michelle Adams is the founder of Chatty Cats Care, a professional cat-sitting company. With a team of around 60 cat-sitters, Chatty Cats Care has been receiving 5* reviews from its clients. Michelle also hosts The Catmaste Chronicles Podcast, focusing on how pets contribute to our wellbeing. Michelle holds a Bachelors Degree in Education, Culture and Society (now called BA Education) from Goldsmiths, and a Masters Degree in Applied Theatre.