I’m Eira Joy, the writer behind Dear Future Boss.

Thank you for being here and taking interest in this project, it really means a lot to me. 

Whilst you will eventually get to know me and hear about my experiences being young, creative and unemployed (only if you subscribe of course!), I thought it important to have a place here on the website to summarise who I am and where I’ve come from. 

You should know that the seeds for Dear Future Boss were planted from a rather dark place (read here for the main story), but I’ve had a chance over the last few years to really reflect and deepen my understanding about life and what I’ve done and still want to do with mine.

For most of my youth and beyond my unconditional love for music, I remember being incredibly focused on pursuing a career as a professional journalist. I’ve always loved to write and constantly sought opportunities to use my voice (on paper and otherwise) to tell stories and relay interesting and important information. 

Yet my burgeoning passion for directing in my later teenage years eventually led me to a Media and Communications degree with a major in Cinema Studies and specialising in Film and TV Production. 

Upon graduating in the midst of the Global Financial Crisis, I had a three-year stint of trying to find myself in every possible creative production avenue; from filmmaking to radio, magazines and theatre, hoping to build enough experience and networks to land a stable gig. After years of rejection and tiresome shifts at my casual retail job to get by, I somehow found myself in the corporate world of media sales at a major television network, kick-starting my career in advertising. 

Working across the Australian media industry over the last decade has been incredibly eye-opening and helpful in uncovering and developing new interests and skills in things such as project management, marketing strategy, client service and leadership training and development. 

Although my initial plan was to continue to ‘climb the corporate ladder’, the universe somehow led me to depart my full-time marketing job in 2016, causing me to confront and finally take action towards my bigger dreams as a multi-passionate entrepreneur. 

Thus in 2017, I took a leap of faith into the start-up world and founded my core business The Mentorship, a social enterprise supporting young creatives in Melbourne. And with 2020 – a new year – a new decade – came a new opportunity to live more courageously and creatively!

Whilst like a shark, I’m not a fan of swimming backwards, I do see the value in retrospective thinking, especially when it enables you to share lessons that could be useful and inspiring to someone else. 

So if you’re a multi-passionate creator like me, often feeling directionless, inadequate and uncertain about where you’re going – trust that your every experience is shaping you somehow – even if the reasons aren’t immediately apparent. 

This project is a glimpse into the journey I’ve been on so far – my failures as well as successes. I know that without having gone through it all, there would be no way I’d be sitting here, writing this right now. I’m sharing this because what I once saw as a weakness (ie. being passionate about so many things but not fully confident in any one of them), I have now learned to embrace as one of my greatest strengths. 

My hope is that you will be encouraged to take the time to reminisce your own life, reflecting on all of your failures, experiments and achievements up until now. Because creative people, more often than not, criticise the quality of the outcome rather than celebrate the growth that comes from progress. 

Making progress, no matter how small, is in itself a success.