INF / Network: Meet Ally May Hayward
Meet our INF / Network, a highly curated roster of some of Australia’s most respected voices in fashion, beauty and lifestyle. We will work closely with these women to bring you a fresh perspective, and offer them an opportunity to create content outside of their traditional categories. Perhaps you have always loved Sara Donaldson’s style, but you're keen to know more about her beauty routine? Or maybe you love Kelly Muller’s parenting advice, but want to know more about her fashion tips? We’re opening the door to give these inspirational women an opportunity to share more with you.
It’s time to meet… Ally May Hayward of Substance.
I turn to different mediums for inspiration. I think we currently live in such an accessible world and sometimes this is to a creative person's detriment. We are almost too inspired by things we see when we scroll. It’s nice to turn to other mediums like film, art, poetry, and literature when I have reached my threshold with the internet.
When it comes to advice I have received over the years, a few things stand out. I’ve been told that "I am the only one in control of my future" which is sound advice. And the other piece of advice that has really resonated with me, especially because I work in a creative field is "If you don’t have passion, then you have nothing. If you don’t believe in what you are doing, why would anyone else?".
You really have to believe in yourself and your abilities and learn when to expand and grow—even when you are doubting yourself creatively. You have to have the passion and self-belief. Believing in yourself and what you can achieve is what is going to separate you from the dreamers.