Talking with Lawyers


Recently, Ffangaí’s founder and director, Ian, visited Darwin Gray Solicitors with mentor and friend, Richie Turner. It was my first time appearing in offices of any sort since I moved to Wales, and the first time ever that I sat down to talk to lawyers of any type. The meeting was to seek advice on how to integrate Ffangaí as a company, what model it could follow, if any, and to have a harder ground to walk on.

Considering the type of building I’ve viewed and am looking to acquire for the studios, Ffangaí would have to, mainly, operate around the acquisition and usage of the space. That I knew, but that’s the wonderful thing about talking to experts: it makes you realise just how much you don’t know. Both as a foreigner and someone new to business making, the meeting left me with enquiries I wouldn’t have thought of. I didn’t know asbestos would still be a problem in an industrial warehouse, but apparently, it could still be. So pervasive was its use! I never heard of it being referred to in Panama, or maybe people there just don’t care at all and, as such, it is an immaterial health problem; it wouldn’t surprise me if it were the latter. I digress.

In terms of process and timeline, I am somewhat lost in the woods again. I know where I’ve walked to, and I have more or less an idea of where to go to, but the trees are thick and the bramble looks thornier than it is. Writing this helps me put things into focus, as well as inform anyone out there about our operations. The recommendation from Darwin Gray, Solicitors, was to focus on reaching a strong agreement with our future landlord – making sure that, at least, we get a toilet out of the deal. They also made it clearer to me that to properly move on, Ffangaí has to be incorporated, otherwise everything starts to falter if not completely fizzles out.

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been telling people about my plan of opening a studio space. It is good word of mouth, get the whispers going; and by letting people know, I am planting a seed in the back of their minds that will bear fruit when they tell the story to someone they think would be interested. Yet something more aggressive has to happen soon, and it has got to come with more tangible plans. This blog has to become more active in the process of setting up Ffangaí and its future studio space, if anything as a beacon for people to be informed about our operations. This project will live thanks to the support of those who come to our aid, come to inhabit the place, and come to invest in us. I think we owe it to them to be transparent in some way.

I give thanks to Richie Turner, mentor and friend, for taking over in that meeting. However much I know what I am doing, the words are still slow and indecisive when they tumble out of my mouth. I know when to give the microphone to those with more experience, and to listen to those who know what they are doing. Just writing this is giving me a better idea of what to do with my day, week, and month, regarding the integration of Ffangaí into a company.

I am someone who thinks best when they’re doing something: neurons fire into a road that leads me to strange places where I can find the right thought hiding, or at least visit a roadside attraction that might just be the idea I needed.

I’ll have a stronger think today, but already the day is looking brighter than the grey clouds outside suggest. (However much I like the drizzle, warm weather, the metaphor had to be used.)

– ian



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