Life is a stage and you only get one performance. Make it a good one.
Over the course of my career, I’ve performed on stage, acted in Movies, appeared on Television many times and voiced countless TV Commercials. I’ve been fortunate enough to work alongside some amazingly talented artists and big box-office stars, from the likes of Tom Hanks to Ricky Gervais and Jonathan Pryce to Hayley Atwell.
I’ve experienced what it’s like to be on the cover of Celebrity Magazines, go on Morning Breakfast Television and appear on National Radio Shows. I’ve done interviews for Broadsheet Newspapers, Magazines and even the odd After Dinner Speech.
Why am I telling you this? It's not because I like being on the front cover of a magazine, or because I want to name drop the people I’ve worked with. I’m telling you this because I’m proud of the work I’ve done and because I'm proud of possessing the skills and knowledge it takes to combat the huge highs and lows of the Industry I've worked in over the last 25 years.
The world of entertainment is both beautiful and cruel, fiercely competitive and one that is full of smoke and mirrors. When a film comes to the cinema or an actor steps out onto the stage, the audience are witnessing the finished product, the polished performance. What they are not seeing is the nerve wracking audition process, the endless callbacks, the constant self-doubt, the months of rehearsals, the hours spent learning lines, hoping that you don’t forget them and above all the confidence to step out there in the first place and simply do your job.
My job as a coach is not to rescue anyone. I am not going to change you. Only you can change you.
As much as I love the industry I work in, I have endured hardship, continued rejection, constant knock backs and disappointment on a massive scale. Many of my friends have given up, moved on to a safer, less hostile path. A few years ago, I lost my confidence and had no real direction. With the help of a coach, I completely re-addressed my work-life balance and I’ve never looked back. I now have the continued belief that I am good enough, I've learnt and developed the skills it takes to give me the confidence to keep going, to be kind to myself even when I don’t feel like it. The experience inspired me beyond anything and today, I coach people, helping them get to where they want to be.