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Alumnae career talk: Alumni Association Business Enterprise Award Winner, Sasha Almonte

Many thanks to Class of 2013 alumna, Sasha Almonte (née Courtenay-Stamp), for speaking to our Sixth Form pupils today

During Thursday lunchtime, we were delighted to have FHS alumna Sasha Almonte to guide us through her journey of acting, scenic design, and film. An entrepreneur, she came in and talked to the UVI and LVI, giving her insight and influence on running her own bar.  She discussed her struggles, in being a new mother, newly married and opening a business, all within a few months!

Sasha has worked on her own theatre shows and as production designer on short films, commercials, and a series of music videos. She trained in design at Central Saint Martins, AutoCAD at Pinewood Studios and with National Youth Theatre at Rose Bruford in scenic construction.

It was refreshing and interesting to see the vicissitudes of opening her bar, named "The Thin White Duke", which was inspired by her icon, David Bowie. She taught us that it takes time, strength, and courage to open a new business and that we shouldn't be afraid of failure. Her perseverance reflected the creativity and beauty behind her projects and truly encouraged us to think outside the box.

By Samara Chandok, LVIS

Visit the Thin White Duke website, here

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