We had the good fortune of connecting with Abigail Rowe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abigail, what do you want your legacy to be?
You know it’s funny…I don’t usually sit and think about answers to these kinds of questions because it’s so easy to just get caught up in what you have to do in the present moment. However, now that I’ve given it some thought (lol), I’d want to be remembered as that young woman from a small island who played her part in amplifying the voices of her fellow young women as well as the tremendous musical and cultural richness that exists in Jamaica.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
First of all, thank you! What sets me apart from others is my ability to come up with creative angles/pitches for my clients. Now I know you’re probably thinking: “That’s literally what your job is” (lol) and you’d be right! However, it is something I enjoy the most in my process and I genuinely have a knack for it.
I’ve gotten where I am today (with so much further to go) by getting a well-rounded experience from my internship to full-time position at an Ad agency I worked with when I just started out (Market Me); it helped prepare me for the other roles I took on down the line and to some extent, the challenges I faced along the way. I’ve learned that rejection is part of the process, pivoting is essential, being open to learning about other disciplines is key and there are gonna be some really tough days but there are often just that: a tough day, not life.
I want people to know that I dream big, aim high and that I am on a mission to not only cement myself within the Music and Entertainment space but also to amplify the voices of my fellow industry-mates – especially within Jamaica and the Caribbean.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Okay so I love this because one of my favourite things to do to unwind is hang out and eat and drink! I truthfully haven’t had the opportunity to explore more since the pandemic but based on where I’ve already been:
– We’d start off the week at a River in the hills of Saint Andrew or St. Thomas and just enjoy the cool waters, ‘wash off’ and relax
– Then, we’d go for a coffee date at one of my favourite coffee spots in Kingston: Ragamuffin Cafe and just grab something to drink and then grab some Sushi for lunch and then do drinks to finish the day
– Mid-week finds us in the countryside (maybe Ocho Rios, Portland, St. Elizabeth or Negril) at a Villa or Boutique Hotel to spend the rest of the time eating, drinking, swimming and exploring the town
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to big up all my friends and family – especially: Jamila, Davida-Mae, Kemisha, Tamika, Oli, Chantalle, Lauren, Carleene, Adriel (my brother) (there are soo many others) for always being a pillar of support and encouragement even in ways they may not have recognised. It’s a tough industry to be in (and even more so in this time) so having people in my corner certainly helps.
Yannick Reid (Photos with gray t-shirt on)