Understories 006: Lorna Allan, Art Director + Photographer

In this conversation, Lindsay and Lorna discuss the importance of embracing playfulness and creativity in life. They highlight the value of engaging in activities without expectations and allowing oneself to be creative for the sake of creativity. They also emphasize that everyone has a form of creativity within them and that it is part of being human. The conversation then shifts to the challenge of balancing creativity with the business side of freelancing. Lorna shares her experience of struggling with the administrative tasks and the need for structure in managing her freelance work. They also discuss the importance of supporting neurodivergent employees in the workplace and the resources available for employers to better understand and accommodate their needs. Finally, they explore the concept of success and how it is not solely defined by external achievements, but also by personal fulfilment and acceptance.


  • Embrace playfulness and engage in creative activities without expectations.
  • Recognise that everyone has a form of creativity within them.
  • Find a balance between creativity and the business side of freelancing.
  • Support neurodivergent employees by seeking guidance from organisations like Access2Work.
  • Define success based on personal fulfilment and acceptance rather than external achievements.


00:00 Embracing Playfulness and Creativity

38:25 Balancing Creativity and Business

47:10 Supporting Neurodivergent Employees

51:18 Defining Success

59:59 Favorite Mascot

01:01:09 Favorite Thing About the Job

01:02:26 Favorite Animal