Want My Job? Ming de Nasty, photographer

I have had the pleasure talking to Ming de Nasty, a Birmingham-based Photographer, whose work has been shown in exhibitions in the UK, to learn more about Ming's career and where it has taken her.

Want My Job? Ming de Nasty, photographer

What is your current job title?

Photography/Bone collector.

What does your job involve?

I get asked to document events. I am documenting Walsall Silver Thread Tapestries project launch at the new art gallery in Walsall. Over the years, I have taken portraits of musicians, actors, exhibitions.

What's great about your job?

I get to do lots of different things and meet new people.

What are the bits you don't like or find challenging?

Doing administration is hard work, plus selling yourself is not easy because I am self-taught, and there is always a element of doubt.

What are the highlights of your career to date?

One of the highlights is photographing portraits of boxers at their boxing club. This was an exhibition that toured across the UK.

How did you get into an arts job?

I was member of punk band called Curse of Eve. I had a 35mm SLR camera so I would photograph other friends' live music gigs. I was given an opportunity to have three photos in an exhibition around women in Birmingham. After that I decided to go self employed and had a studio in Balsall Heath for band photos and family portraits.

Have you also worked outside the arts?

No, I haven't worked outside the arts because the arts are most important to me.

Can you describe your biggest challenge so far in your career?

I find that the biggest challenge is holding on to my creativity while doing commissions for other people.

How did you overcome it?

I found others ways of being creative such as painting, bone sculpting and taxidermy.

Do you have any advice for young people interested in doing your kind of job?

Make sure you stay creative, keep true to yourself and don't lose your spark!


  • Image by Ming de Nasty

For more information on job profiles, visit Creative Choices, a website filled with careers advice for people who want to enter the arts.

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Hannah Prentice

Hannah Prentice

Hey there, I'm Hannah. First of all I am Arts Award Artivist with AA Youth Network, so you'll see a lot of me on the AA Voice website.

Five things about me:
1. I am a photographer + Filmmaker
2. I love to watch films in my spare time
3. Favourite TV programme is Big Bang Therory

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2 Comments

  • Diana Walton

    On 1 February 2017, 09:32 Diana Walton Voice Team commented:

    I'm so pleased to read this interview Hannah! I knew Ming de Nasty years ago and bought a fantastic collage photograph from her for the youth arts centre I ran at the time. I also have one of her photos in my house. Great to hear she's as creative as ever!

  • Luke Taylor

    On 3 February 2017, 11:18 Luke Taylor Voice Reporter commented:

    Wow! I have recently shown interEst in Photography myself. This interview will certainly come in handy

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