KNOW YOURSELF. BE YOURSELF. AND F*%@ING OWN IT!
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I’m Marie-Claire (or Maz).
Please don’t call me Marie; it makes me want to harm innocent children and puppies.
I work as a photographer and self-discovery facilitator and am in the business of showing people how awesome they are.
Photo by Gemma Pixie
Professional Rebel is all about building a world changing brand that helps people feel good about themselves.
Inspiring people, who feel they don’t belong, remember who they are and find their place in the world. Together we go on a journey of creativity, courage and curiosity to stop giving so many fucks and grab life by the balls.
(read this aloud doing the wonder woman pose, imagining the item of your choice placed upon your head helping you feel all powerful, sparkly and shit)
Photo by Carmina
I believe in unicorns.
I also believe that the way most of us live, work and think is utter bollocks – designed to keep us in our own heads, feeling shit about ourselves and in search of something to make it all go away… really quickly.
I want to live in a world where we realise there is another way than all of this headfuckery; where instead of using all our precious life energy to beat ourselves up, compare ourselves to other people and have imaginary competitions, we actually stick the middle finger up to it all and turn life well and truly around.
And I’m on a mission to do just that; to help people feel good – about life, about themselves, about who they are so they can send ripples of awesomeness and joy out into the world and make it a better place for everyone, even the meanies.
I will not rest until I am able to reflect people’s own sparkle and superpowers so brightly that they come to see and believe it for themselves.
It’s my gift and the world bloody well needs it.
AS SEEN IN
I’ve often been described as a bit of a dark horse.
But anyone who really knows me knows I’d much rather be described as a rainbow unicorn spreading sunshine and fairy dust everywhere I go.
Born in the cold, cold winter of 1981 in Poland, I moved to the UK shortly afterwards.
A Polish Immigrant well before it was trendy.
I spent much of my youth very unsettled and moved about an awful lot, one thing was constant – my love of, and belief that I was, in fact, She Ra, Princess of Power. Still to this day, I insist my tea is the exact colour of He Man.
I have studied seven languages – English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Russian and Polish and in 2001–2 I spent a year living in Berlin – before that was trendy too. I’m almost certain that I’m responsible for introducing the UK to Jaegermeister and Jaegerbombs. Whilst there I translated adult films and volunteered at a youth theatre and arts club in Spandau.
Official grown up jobs since then have included 2 weeks at Topshop (it was shit); several years as an account manager shipping oil additives worldwide and going on business trips throughout Europe; stints of being a dancing barmaid; a restaurant supervisor; a youth club support worker, a telesales chimp and quite possibly the worst job in history – collections… in German.
In 2006 whilst on a solo trip to Canada, I picked up a camera and accidentally found out I was pretty damn good with it. I subsequently set up my first business, FlukePhotography in 2008 and became a local celebrity along with the even more famous Mr. Flashy. I started calling myself a Moment Capturing Goddess.
Despite doing all of this in my short time on the planet, I have lived with depression, anxiety and low self esteem for most of my life. My spare time has been devoted to researching why some people struggle to enjoy life, take in all of the amazing things around us all or see themselves in the same light as others do. I refused to just take it as wonky brain chemistry and live on tablets for the rest of my life.
I have since tailored my passion of photography with my quest for happiness, confidence and self-expression and have created a portfolio career business called Professional Rebel, combining writing, blogging, speaking, photographing as well as teaching photography, happiness skills and how to be self-confident through creative and engaging workshops as a Happiness Ninja.
I get to help people realise how awesome they are for a living. It’s pretty fucking awesome.
As well as having two degrees, volunteering for a mental health charity teaching photography and running a happiness and silliness party called Unicorn Club, I enjoy travelling, cooking, reading, gardening and sleeping. I drive a boy racer car, love to shake my booty to a bit of dirty bass and am currently learning to pole dance. My boyfriend tells me I’m every teenage boy’s dream girl.
My work has taken me throughout the UK and overseas to Europe and America, photographing weddings and events, as well as into the Houses of Parliament and even into Bono’s toilet in Dublin. I have been featured on the Virgin website, various podcasts around the globe and even as a magazine cover girl down under.
I still have the odd bad day.
Though much less frequent than before – my own self-discovery journey means I manage them better than I used to. I call this skill #bouncebackability
I also still have moments where self-doubt and low self-esteem bite me in the ass, but I believe this is where the magic lies. I’ve been told that my honesty and authenticity helps people to relate to me and really empathise with the people I work with.
I do my best work with people and businesses who want to invest the time, energy and money to spark their creativity, and allow their best selves, and talents to shine through and feel happier and more confident in work and in life.
Photo by Jason Purple