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Don’t Strive to be Famous, Strive to be Talented: Maisie Williams (Transcript)

Now, Lady Gaga has repeatedly said that there could be a room of 100 people, and 99 don’t believe in you, but it just takes that one person to believe in you, and they can change your life.

Well, now we have a team of six. Over the next 16 months, we built our MVP. Now, if you’re wondering what an MVP is, I only found out what it is about six months ago. And from what I can gather, it’s a product which proves as a problem worth solving with the minimum team effort.

So basically from my point of view, you’re marketing something which you know is going to be good one day, but is a little bit bad right now. And for us, that was an iOS app. The six of us made an office in Dom’s garden, and on August 1, 2018, we released our version one. We had over 30,000 downloads in the first 24 hours and over 30,000 comments asking when the Android version was going to be coming.

Despite our app being imperfect, buggy and literally built by one man alone, this was exactly what we needed for people to invest. We learned a lot from our angry users and our scary investors.

And over the last six months, we have grown our team to 16 people. From then till now, we’ve been building version two, which we will be launching in April.

Within the industry, there is a common phrase which I think we’re all pretty familiar with. And that is, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”

And with Daisy, I hope to give that power back to the creator. I want to encourage people to create a list of contacts that they will work with and support as they take their first steps into the fickle and often challenging creative world.

I am of the generation who grew up with the Internet. I’ve never known anything else. We are connected, we are aware, and we are the future.

I hope Daisy can breathe new life into the slightly dystopian, ad-riddled hellscapes that social media platforms have become. I hope to create a space where people can boast their art and creativity rather than what car they are driving and whether or not they bought it in cash or on finance.

In a world where literally anyone can be famous, I hope to inspire people to be talented instead. Talent will carry you so much further than your 15 minutes of fame.

So why am I telling you all this? The very fact that I’m here giving a TEDx talk right now is so far from anything I thought that I was capable of.

Even writing the bio for my speech made me realize that in a decade, everything in my life has changed. I am an Emmy-nominated actress, an entrepreneur and an activist; yet I have no formal qualifications to my name.

When I left school about 11 years ago, I made it my mission to continue learning even though I never wanted to set foot in a classroom again. Who knows what’s going to happen to my life in the next 10 years? I surely have no idea. I’ve never had an end goal.

It’s working out okay so far. So trust that you’re good enough. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned is that there truly is a place for everyone. Ask questions, and laugh in the face of people who say that they’re stupid questions. Be open to learning and admitting when you don’t know what the hell is going on.

Refuse to hold yourself back, and dare to dream big.

Thank you for listening.

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