Jessica also displayed a flair for dance so when she was presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to dance school, she felt she had to put her illustration dreams to one side and take a chance.

After completing her dance course, Jessica felt lost. She was able to periodically secure odd jobs but they were all short term and provided little income coupled with a lack of stability and security. 

Jessica says:

I found that time in my life really difficult. I constantly imagined what my life would have been like if I’d been able to secure my dream career as an illustrator.

Realising that she couldn’t afford to retrain or study in that field, Jessica decided to make a career for herself by setting up her own design business.

Feeling a little daunted at the thought of taking such a big step, Jessica was signposted towards The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme by another artist who had received support.

Jessica soon found that with the help of a business mentor and a programme offering advice on planning, marketing and sales, she was capable of carving out her own career in the sector.

Jessica is now on track to set up her very first business, North Doodle Co.

She says:

Without help from The Trust I’m not sure I ever would have had the confidence or skills to reach this point; they’ve turned my dreams into a reality.
Jess Mahy

In 2016, Jessica entered her artwork into our Tomorrow’s Talent competition, and was selected out of more than 300 entries by retail partner Fat Face. Her designs are be featured on this range of Spring 2017 Fat Face accessories.