How Sara Payne Discovered Her Rhythm


What do music and advertising have in widespread? They each require creativity and cautious planning — a truth our senior undertaking supervisor Sara Payne is properly conscious of. 

For some, working at a advertising company was a simple job alternative. For others, it was a segue into a special profession path. At the least that’s the way it was for Sara. She took her love of music and creativity and combined it along with her knack for group and administration, making a cadence that sings. And what she discovered throughout her journey prepped her to excel at Brafton. 

However, how did she get right here, precisely? Let’s have a look at her journey from finding out media and music manufacturing to turning into a undertaking administration maestro. 

Getting Her Begin

Sara received her undergraduate diploma in media and music manufacturing at American Intercontinental College in London, specializing in the music aspect of the trade. After graduating, she went to the College of Westminster to pursue a grasp’s diploma in audio manufacturing. 

As she regarded for her first job out of faculty, she knew the music trade was the place she wished to be. She broke into this sector by working in Artist Relations, then in launch planning within the central advertising division — her first style of promoting. After that, she took on a number of totally different roles, like modifying video content material, managing bigger inventive groups, producing visible content material for manufacturers and heading the advertising and PR division of a communications agency.

She discovered to juggle a number of initiatives directly, handle timelines, deal with partnerships, construct campaigns and work intently with creatives — all of which set her up for fulfillment the place she is immediately.

Like a track that you just simply can’t fairly get out of your head, Sara by no means removed the advertising earworm.  She desired a inventive function the place she may use her discovered abilities. Though she’d by no means performed undertaking administration earlier than, all the pieces she’d performed up till then pointed her towards that function. 

Discovering Brafton

Sara’s journey to Brafton began like many others: on LinkedIn. Whereas wanting throughout the platform, there have been two primary points Sara thought-about a precedence in her seek for her subsequent huge gig.

“I wished to have slightly extra management and to be glad in my new function,” she mentioned. “So I requested myself what must be included [in the job] in order that I’m happier.” 

Her want for bodily freedom made distant work interesting, a piece type she’d by no means actually thought-about earlier than. When Brafton got here up in her search, it immediately piqued her curiosity. On the time, she was additionally a British firm for a similar kind of job. 

“Though the British alternative appeared extra snug, I made a decision to go to the place that was totally different and may problem me extra,” mentioned Sara. 

She was employed in February 2022 as a undertaking supervisor and has since been promoted to senior undertaking supervisor. She excitedly commented she “received precisely what she was on the lookout for” by selecting to work at Brafton. 

“I wished a spot that had a optimistic work surroundings and the place I may measure success,” she added. “I really feel like I manifested what I wished.”

Harmonizing Work and Nicely-Being

Earlier than Brafton, Sara was fast to hurry from undertaking to undertaking, hardly slowing right down to congratulate herself on her successes. Now, she’s in an surroundings the place she feels supported and capable of really feel really nice at what she does.

“It was necessary to have abilities, use them and really feel like I’m truly making a distinction, the place the opposite surroundings was operating like a hen with no head,” she mentioned, chuckling.

For instance, she loves that Brafton is huge on group, particularly by way of our undertaking administration system, one thing her earlier roles didn’t have. 

As for work-life stability, she believes nothing’s extra necessary than taking good care of herself. One in every of her favourite components about working at Brafton — moreover her coworkers, after all — is how versatile the job is. 

“I’ve to be disciplined about making choices for my psychological well being and bodily well being,” she mentioned. “Though I may be drained or working late, the fitness center is tremendous necessary [to keep a healthy work-life balance].”

Off the Clock

Whereas Sara excels throughout her 9 to five, she has a ton of enjoyable along with her 5 to 9, as properly. As a result of she loves specializing in her psychological and bodily well being, train is at all times part of her day by day schedule. Outdoors of labor, you could find her on the fitness center doing yoga, meditation and pilates.

She’s additionally huge on journey, usually bouncing between her residence base in London and Washington D.C. — the place she’s initially from and the place her household nonetheless lives. Whereas she not often makes use of these abilities anymore, she casually talked about she has a sophisticated brown belt in American karate and is classically skilled in piano — two factors that another individual would’ve made a a lot larger deal about. 

Though she doesn’t know what Sara 30 years from now might be as much as, she’s centered on having fun with the journey and seeing the place it takes her. However one factor is for sure: Her focus on her well-being and artistic abilities isn’t going anyplace. A actuality that Brafton — and everybody else — will get to learn from.