Friday, 22 July 2016

Social Media Following


REWIND 10-15 years ago when social media barely existed, where you met people face to face rather than hiding behind a screen, and a time when people walked down the street looking where they were going rather than glued to their smartphone. Fast forward to today and the world is a different place, with social media at the forefront of everything.

Influence now seems to be judged on how much of a following you have across social media. If you're a model, you are now often asked how many followers you have on Instagram, and could be the difference between booking a job and not. When I get asked, my response will often be, "If you give me 24 hours I will have as many followers as you require for the job". The ease at which people buy followers or sign up to a progressive scheme that builds your following through a robotic method is unbelievable. Do clients know that people do this? Do clients know that people can even buy likes? I haven't got the answer to that.

Do I judge people who do it? Absolutely not. If it brings in more work then why not. I know a guy who bought tens of thousands of followers across all social media platforms and now is paid to travel to different countries to write and video his experiences. That's simply a clever use of social media. Many have been successful doing the same. People see someone with 10,000 or 100,000 followers and will often think to themselves that this must be an interesting person to follow. It's a building process. Rihanna and Katy Perry apparently bought followers on twitter when they first signed up! So if they can do it why can't others.



Some people work hard to add specific hashtags to tweets and Instagram posts and work tirelessly to legitimately build their social media following. But if they were to go on a reality show like Love Island for example, they would gain a massive following straight away. Some contestants have comfortably over 200,000 followers. This opens up a huge amount of opportunities by having such a following behind you.

A presenter I know approached ITV recently about whether they were looking for any presenters for projects at all. Their response to me really sums up where we are at right now and the huge importance given to a social media followings.

"We do not look for presenters anymore. We will look at Reality TV Shows and find the right person to train up as a presenter. They bring a social media following, which will help to bring a wider audience to our shows."

Where does that leave your experienced presenters? Well, many will continue to work hard and consistently in the future, however, they may have to accept that it could be very difficult to make that leap into a mainstream show.


I am very intrigued to hear from people who have been affected in their workplace by social media and their thoughts on purchasing a following. Would greatly appreciate comments below.

Many Thanks

James

Monday, 13 June 2016

10 things they don't tell you when you become a male model



Working as a model for nine years for brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Diet Coke and Bacardi and being able to travel the world has been a dream come true.

In 2007, I was spotted by a top european agency and have never looked back. OK thats not entirely true. I have threatened to quit numerous times, but I am still here fighting the fight. 

My first job was shooting a TV commercial for Esprit, which involved travelling the world for four weeks, from Munich to Hong Kong, New Zealand, Fiji oh and finishing up in Vegas!
I was getting familiar with airport’s, shooting catalogues in Athens, Majorca, working in Tokyo for two months and filming commercials in Portugal and Paris. 

Two years was spent in Los Angeles signed to Wilhelmina Models, one of the most recognised names in the industry before returning to London and continually working from catwalk shows to catalogues, commercials to underwear shoots. You name it, I’ve probably done it, but I have stayed humble and extremely grateful to everyone who has helped me along the way.

When I started in this industry I expected showbiz, girls, money and that glamorous lifestyle that is often portrayed all over the media. What I was to encounter was something completely different.
  1. You’re usually not modelling, you’re waiting

If you can’t get used to waiting, then you will never get used to modelling. Once, I waited over four hours to be seen by a casting director for under five minutes! Imagine being in an airport, sat at your gate with no amenities, flight delayed, but no one giving you any information when your flight will start boarding. The frustration building amongst passengers, no seats left so people crammed on the floor. Now picture that gate with a hundred models and their egos. Painful.

If you’re not stuck in a room waiting for a casting director or a client, you’re glued to your phone 24 hours a day waiting for a phone call about a job. It’s like being in the worst relationship ever, not knowing if she's going to accept you or dump you. Sometimes that call never even comes and you find out you’ve not booked the job by simply not getting a call. 
You have to wait for calls for castings, jobs, options and do not get me started on waiting for buses.

2. Your life is totally unstable and you can't plan for anything

Have you ever seen a bank manager rolling around on the floor in hysterics? Walk into a bank and say you’re a model and that you’re looking for a mortgage and you will soon find out. The inconsistency to my wages makes it almost impossible to get a mortgage.
Taking a holiday is like going to the casino, a real gamble. I have cancelled two holidays because of jobs coming up and came home early on three separate occasions for the same reason. 
It’s not just holidays though, it’s nights out with friends, stag do’s, birthdays and family occasions that are often affected.
One minute work is constantly flowing in, the next you’re out of favour and have to wait weeks, even months for your next job. Two and a half months I have waited for a job to come in before and even then it may have only paid £200.

3. You’re lied to A LOT

How many times “the world” is offered to you and it never comes to fruition. Clients promising campaigns and plenty of future work and you never hear from them again. Being told you are on option for a £10k job and then never hearing anything back at all.
Countless times I have spent hours traipsing round London to castings only to be turned away as I wasn’t actually requested.
If an agency knows a job is worth little money, they will often hide that information just so you go to the casting. Once I confirmed a job for half a days work, but the day before was told it was shooting in Leeds, a two hour plus each way trip, which clearly meant it was a full day of my time.

4. You become a liar yourself

If you ask most male models they will pretty much describe themselves as superman. “Can you fly?” yes. “Can you time travel?” yes. When you are asked if you can do something by a casting director or client you just say yes, and worry about it later. It’s like an unwritten rule that all male models abide by, but all go through that awkward moment when you are asked to prove it.
Many times I have told my agency I’m ill because I do not want to go to an audition or because I have booked a job direct with a client. Quite a few years ago I told an agency I was away on holiday in Spain, when in fact I was working in Denmark for a client (sometimes you just have to do these things).

5. You’re humiliated on a regular basis

I have no shame, no dignity, and no problem with that if it gets me a job. I have sung, danced to no music, mimed to a Spice Girls track, barked like a dog and would do it again if I had too. Model, Matthew Carter, even had to spit into a cup and he said: “It comes to a point when you don't question what you’re asked to do, however humiliating, you just do it.”
Sometimes I wonder if casting directors just ask us to do this stuff because they are bored just seeing a new face appear in the room every five minutes. They know you will always say yes to anything.

6. You’ll earn good money, but it will take forever for you to get paid, if at all…

Sometimes the money you can earn for a days “work” (usually consisting of standing looking left and right and straight ahead) is ridiculous. The most for one days shoot I have earned has been £6,000. However, when you may not work for a couple of months that money soon deteriorates in worth. Not only that, when you have to wait sometimes six months plus to be paid its quite tough. A contact lens online commercial I shot six years ago was never paid, which was worth £2,000. I gave up chasing it in the end.

7. You become as competitive as the female models

We all play nice when we arrive to a casting, with friendly questions - how are you etc, when really we’re sizing each other up, both figuratively and literally. You will see a guy who’s been in a big fragrance campaign and quite frankly think you won’t get the job. Or when it is for an underwear job and some guys have 6 pac’s showing through their jumper, and you’re sat there regretting the pizza the night before. This all culminates in asking the one important question that we only care about - have you been busy?
When I was in a Nivea commercial, which went across Europe and on TV at prime times, another model took great pleasure in calling me afterwards to tell me why he would have been better in the job. He even asked me for the casting directors details so he could find out why he was not called in.

8. Your vanity is a necessity

Working out regularly is a must and that does not mean sitting on a machine in the gym checking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and goodness knows what else. It means hard work day after day. Constantly planning meals and eating clean, which as you can imagine can become extremely boring after a while.
Planning hair cuts to look right for certain jobs, designer stubble, teeth whitening, it all needs to be kept on top of and becomes a regime. And do not get me started on the waxing process…

9. You develop the skin of a rhino

Dealing with rejection on a regular basis is not fun and even less so when it is about how you look. On average the common consensus is that you book one job in ten castings, so thats nine rejections. After every rejection you have to keep picking yourself up and go again, but it is tough and I really struggled to deal with the rejection in the first couple of years of modelling.
Imagine standing in a room full of male models, having your body openly analysed and compared to others in front of you. Once in a casting in front of six models I was told by the casting director that I couldn't dance. You just get used to all the critiques.


10. Your failure is everywhere

You always see other people in ad campaigns that you cast for, which reminds you every single time of your own failures to not book the job. A £40k Diet Coke commercial, which I was optioned for, but missed out on, went global and was constantly on TV in front of my eyes.


Models use social media and in particular now Instagram to show-off their work and to show other models how busy they are. Every time this happens it’s a reminder that you are not too busy yourself.  If you do not have self belief then this can be crushing to take.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Posh Hotel, Posh Car, Posh Bags and Me hmmmmm


The Hanbury Hotel and Country Club, an incredible vintage Jenson and a scruffy lad from Essex.....

Ok maybe not too scruffy here thanks to the stylist putting me in clothes that you would never normally see me in!

This was a different styled shoot for me. An editorial. A bit more serious, a bit more structured, but the visualisation (toilet paper word) is so much more impressive.

A fantastic backdrop at a beautiful countryside hotel, which I would recommend to anyone looking for an English break away (especially if you like your golf).

But the car! I mean...wow!!! They seriously don't make them like this anymore, but there is something special about them. Now I'm not a "car" fan, however I certainly am able to appreciate these incredible wheels!


Short post, but looking forward to showcasing the finished images when I get them.

Friday, 11 March 2016

The rollercoaster ride that is modelling




MODELLING is such an up and down industry and one you can never really rely on unless you are right at the top of the game.

This is not something new and it has always been like that for me since I started in the industry nine years ago. I guess thats the same situation for any self-employed people. 

Living each day not knowing what will come in and when work does, taking full advantage of the busy times. For me working at night on ITV and modelling and also studying means that at times my sleep is heavily sacrificed, as is my social life.

But these are the times you need to push through and take advantage of because I know it won't last for long. It will be back to those weeks that pass through without a sniff of work.

Right now though the ride is HOT! And I am riding it as long as I possibly can! (Of course that isn't a euphemism!)


Shameless? Maybe. I am not one to regularly post topless shots across social media. I mean there are plenty of guys in much better shape than me! But I have been working my ass off in the gym and I am proud at how much better my diet is too.

Does this link to being busy? ABSOLUTELY!

When you go into an audition, your mentality is 90% of it. The right positive, relaxed state you are in the better chance of landing the job. 

This may sound ridiculous to many, as "surely its all about the way someone looks?". Not necessarily. If you're frustrated, tired, angry, grumpy and feeling anything negative then your battle is pretty much lost.

They say exercise and diet is great for your mind. Its so true. And works so much for me thats for sure. I am at my happiest when I'm feeling fit, healthy and I am eating and sleeping well.

It gives you a spring in your step and is something that clients can certainly notice when you walk into a room.


If you ever feel a little down and tired with life then get some exercise, get plenty of rest, eat well and clear your mind of all the negative thoughts and start again. We all need to do that from time to time.

Thanks for taking the time out to look through this post.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Journalism - Conquering Shorthand Writing


When I made the plunge into the world of journalism I had thoughts of writing gripping articles, learning the art of interviewing and getting my name in a newspaper under an article. Well maybe thats all to come, BUT I did not foresee having to learn this...




Nope its not French, or Spanish, even though it looks like a foreign language, its Shorthand writing. This is the Teeline style of it. A true journalistic skill.

The aim is to be able to write this at 100 words per minute. A task that at the moment looks a million miles away!

100 WPM is the barrier that employers look for from a journalist. We tend to speak at about 150 words a minute on average.

With the developments in technology with dictaphones and mobile phones and other recording devices, shorthand isn't exactly used as much as before. So what's the point?

In a lot of circumstances journalists might not be able to use a recording device. It can be such a useful skill to have to be able to jot down quickly what someone says in a short interview or a statement being made.

But in my opinion it feels like its a test to whittle out those that aren't willing to put the effort in to learn a new skill. Its recommended to learn a small amount, but on a daily basis in order to keep up on it.

I had my first exam at 60 WPM 2 weeks ago, which I am awaiting the results from. Being in an exam was a new experience in itself, but being in one where you are dictated too was a whole new level.

The exam involved a 2 minute piece, 30 second break, followed by a further 2 minute piece. We are allowed 5 mistakes, that is all.

Now, if you get caught behind its very difficult to catch up. If you feel stressed and start panicking, there is no time to sit back and take some deep breaths as by then you will be behind once more. It really is a challenge.

It's been a challenge that I have strangely enjoyed. I'm so competitive in everything I do that I just want to beat everyone in the class. But its that urge that pushes me on to get faster and faster at writing shorthand.

Learning a completely new skill has really opened my eyes to so much more. Learning is something we should be doing throughout our lives and something now I intend to follow on with in the future.

Friday, 29 January 2016

WHATS COOL NOWADAYS

Social Media has changed so much in our lives, from speaking with friends, storing photo albums, shopping, DATING and now it's even changed what 'some' people perceive as being cool.

What is your perception of 'being cool'?

I have an image in my head of a confident person walking down the street dressed cool, without a care in the world of how anyone else perceives them. This is what I picture when I think 'COOL'


Yes OK it's David Beckham. And let's be honest he is one of the coolest men on the planet.

How about a better example, a neutral one.


This laid back guy with a cool hair style, a leather jacket (which is a classic sign of being cool right) and just oozing confidence.

BUT THEN Social Media takes over the world. 

People found a new way of discovering what is cool or what they perceived as being cool. 

Now I am not telling anyone what is cool to then because we are all entitled to our opinions and because one person thinks something is cool it does not mean the next must do too.

However, can anyone tell me why this is cool


Don't panic, you're not seeing anything different to anyone else. This is Salmon, scrambled eggs and avocado. One of billions of pictures of the same food seen across social media on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and probably on many others too.

Food pictures are controversial to say the least. Do we all care what someone else is eating for their meals?

If it is a Personal Trainer, Fitness Guru or Nutritionist, I completely understand the reasoning for posting food pictures. These people aren't posting them because they're 'cool' (they post gym selfies of their abs in the mirror for that), they are doing it for their business and for inspiration for others.

BUT so many normal people seem to believe they are one of the cool kids for posting pictures of healthy foods. Its like a way of bragging to everyone across social media that they are healthy and they are awesome. 

Hey thumbs up to those who are eating well etc, but do you really need the social media world to vindicate your achievements?


Glad to get that off my chest.

Let me know what you see so much of now across social media that 'erks' you.

I am now planning on posting much more articles like this about issues, funny or serious to help with my journalistic development. (see I'm already learning new words like 'journalistic')

Enjoy










Monday, 21 September 2015

A "Mixed Bag"



The past few months have been indifferent to say the least. If you were to scroll down my blog, the last post at the end of March was at the completion of the ICC job. I was upbeat, buzzing in fact! Full of energy and enthusiasm to tackle whatever was to come next. I honestly thought that although I knew I had a lot of work to do, I was in a really good position to make strides and take giant leaps forward for my presenting within sport. And at the start it looked as though this would be the case. I got approached by a friend of mine who works for Glamorgan CC (a professional cricket team in the UK) to host their T20 matches. I was absolutely delighted as you can imagine, so quickly after my first cricket job and I have my next lined up.



This was a great opportunity. Live event hosting in a sport I absolutely love. A different experience in a stadium with between 5000 and 10000 people, not to mention professional cricketers from the past to the present. Bit of a treck for me to travel from London to Wales and back in a day, but boy was it worth it.
We had a bit of a "Gavin & Stacey" theme happening, as I hosted with a Welsh native and retired cricketer Mike Powell. Everyone knew Mike. I mean this guy couldn't walk 3 steps without being engaged in a conversation about anything and everything. If it wasn't the spectators, it was other reporters and if it wasn't them it was every single cricketer that was playing! Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright, Owais Shah, James Foster, you name them he knew them! But it was great, as he always introduced me and was great in bringing me into the conversations as well. We had great rapport and worked well together.
Some games were quieter than others, some games involved a lot of reporting on events, such as that wet stuff that falls from the sky a lot over here. But it was all great fun and I loved working there and fingers crossed I will be back next year too.


In between times I continued working on ITV, albeit very irregular, and did a few shoots here and there. As you maybe able to sense from my tone, there has been nothing to shout about. For once in my life when people ask me "what have you been up to?" I genuinely have not much to tell. I really hate that. Always like exciting things to tell people, but its been a quiet time in all honesty. A time that often leads me to reflect on the future, to question the present and have regrets about the past.

(Is it time for a change? Should I have studied something different when I was younger? Where am I going to get my next job from?) - these sorts of questions regularly entering my head.

So I made a decision to study. Yep thats right, I'm going back to study and I'm excited about it too! Never thought in a million years I would ever say that to be honest! But I'm in need of some focus in my life, and I need something that could offer me some stability for my future too. I'm 31 now and I want to have a family etc but know I need to be in a much more stable situation with work for this to happen.

I researched a variety of courses, but one with the Press Association that stood out was a Sports reporting one. Its an accredited course with the NTCJ and one that is recognised across all forms of media in this country. This could be something that would enhance my career and hopefully open up some exciting opportunities. First and foremost though I must pass an exam and an interview to be allowed on the course, so will hope that goes well. The interview doesn't scare me, as I practically have an interview almost every day of the week with auditions and castings. However, the exam is a whole new thing and is slightly daunting. I was never keen on them back in school or university, but 10 years later nothing has changed!


I will continue to be positive, strive for more and hopefully if I work hard enough things will start to slot into place.

Thanks as always for taking the time out to read this blog

James

Monday, 30 March 2015

The Cricket World Cup Daily Show



37 Shows - 6 weeks long - daily deadlines - and finally it has now come to an end. THE most fun working project I have had to date. THE hardest working project I've been involved in to date. THE most challenging project I have taken on. But THE most rewarding one to date.



The picture above was from Episode 1. I remember that day so clearly and I remember how incredibly nervous I was too. This was a big project for me, time to step up and present something that i have a big passion for first and foremost. Secondly there was a potential that this could be reached by a huge audience, which could only be a positive for me. That all sat in my mind, as well as the script that was going through my head. As well as thinking to myself that if it all goes wrong on episode 1 for whatever reason that maybe they would stop production. (You try and stay positive but after so many occasions in the past of potential projects not panning out, I was trying to be more realistic). I needn't have been.

The 2 fantastic producers on the show, ensured that everything was prepared, a great script written, a calming fun atmosphere was being created to work in, and that I got fantastic support throughout the project. Although I'm there fronting the show, Andy and Hannah (the 2 producers) were the real stars who worked tirelessly on this project. I could go home after I finished filming, they had to then edit the show and prepare a script for the next day too. Groundhog Day really sums it up!


These moments got us all through the 37 episodes.

There were some fantastically fun moments during the filming and there I was being dressed to the rafters in all sorts of outfits. Its funny cause 9 years ago there was no way I would of felt comfortable doing any of this. But now a days I don't take myself very seriously at all and like to throw myself into these moments, otherwise you just look uncomfortable. Hopefully it paid off.



This project has helped give me a new lease of life and a great amount of energy to search for the next adventure and to continue making strides forward. I had said to myself at the start of the year that this year has to be better and more productive than the last, otherwise it may come to a point where I start to look at other career options.

Now its a case of reaching out to as many people as possible, building my contacts and actively spending a bit of time everyday searching for a new project. For the first time I think since I started this adventure in the entertainment world, I feel extremely positive about the future, and feel the next project is just around the corner.


A big thank you to all those who took the time to read this post. On to the future!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Mail on Sunday Shoot


                             (This has nothing to do with the shoot, just a previous shoot picture)

Being flexible is something that I've always had to be since starting my work, modelling, presenting even the occasional acting too. Friday lunch time, the phone rings and I've been booked on a last minute little shoot for the Mail on Sunday. It's great to be booked on any job to be honest, I mean thats how I earn my money and pay my bills! But it does give you a bit of a panic when you are all set for the day ahead. Slightly rushed, but like many of my posts, this is being written on a Monday morning at 11.15am, so if one day I have to rush, I know full well I will have many more days where I'm not rushed.

Now this job for the Mail on Sunday is for 2 hours, which knowing its for a one picture article for the paper, it shouldn't take too long to shoot. I'm told to bring fitness gear to the shoot and be prepared to 'skip' or 'jump rope' if you will. Fortunately first of all I can do that!


An advertisement for one of these as seen above. An action shot maybe, though it took us all a long while to realise that we would never get the perfect arc of the rope above the head with my feet in the air. Now I will leave you to think about that one for a bit and explain at the bottom of this post.

These little jobs happen all the time. Think every single newspaper, every single day will have advertisements in with models, magazines, TV Commercials, billboards etc etc. And how they are done is so simple. Just a little shoot in a studio and thats it. Few poses with the jump rope in hand with some big cheese grins! And a jumping ones in action. We tried to get some with me and the girl model both jumping at the same time, but as you can imagine, not an easy skill to catch perfectly with both of us in the best position.


Just a little post this, sorry if its a bit boring, but got some exciting things that I will be posting about very soon (which I'm not allowed just right now)

(And reason you can't get the rope above the head and feet up is because the feet are off the ground when the rope goes below them. Feet are on the ground when the rope is up. It took time to realise that ha ha)











Monday, 19 January 2015

FITNESS AND DIET - It's time for INSANITY


Those that know me, will know I go through phases when it comes to my fitness and working out. At times I can be great and really on it, enjoying having that motivation for the gym and getting into good shape. Other times though, my motivation dips massively and I find all the excuses under the sun to become more and more lazy. I think we've all been there lets be honest!!! The same goes with my diet. I have been good in the past, avoided heavy carbs (no carbs before marbs all that jazz), ate lots of vegetables, protein etc and the difference it makes you feel is great. But I love my food, I love eating what I want too. When I was younger I could eat and drink what I wanted, and with exercise maintain a good shape. Amazing what happens when you hit 30?!?! That changes funnily enough, and it becomes a lot harder to maintain.

As mentioned in the past post, my delightful girlfriend bought me Insanity for xmas. When she sees the state I'm in after one of the sessions she will soon realise that its a harsh punishment for me for something I must of done! (Guys we all know that feeling) I am writing this after my first day (technically second day of the test).

Those that don't know anything about the Insanity workouts, its about working at a high intensity for a longer period of time with a short rest. Best part, you can do it at home. The worst part it hurts like hell and makes you work harder than ever before!!!

Another worse part is one of the girls in the DVD. Now I'm not going to say who, but she is this horrible smile on her face throughout it all. She is one of those that "loves it" and she demolished me in the fitness test. But the smile on her face!?! I mean, how does this possibly make you smile??? I might smile when I have a 30 second break because its a break, but that doesn't last long. She loves it! I hate that she loves it! Ha ha maybe I am just a hater...



Insanity starts with a fitness test. Above is half of it, and I was absolutely dying after just doing half of this test. That made me realise just how unfit I was and also helped give me some motivation to change that and get back to a position where I want to be. The fitness test is good for measuring your progress through the 60 day insanity workouts.

Right enough of the boring stuff, this is going to be THE hardest 60 days of my life!

Added to that the stopping of Bread, Pasta, Chips etc etc. Again, going to be the hardest 60 days ever! And a huge reduction in sugar (hopefully none) will be even tougher as I have the biggest sweet tooth ever!


I will be keeping this updated with my progress, but so far 2 days complete and its ridiculously hard, a lot of work, but I am starting to find that motivation to continue to do this and get through it all.

Good luck to all those starting New Year fitness Goals and wish you all the best in achieving what you want from it. If you need any support feel free to message, as I will need as much as possible!













Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Happy New Year 2015!!!!!


HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!!! MAY 2015 BE EVERYTHING YOU EVER IMAGINED IT WOULD BE!

I think my first New Years Resolution will be to sort out my technological impotence!!! (See the photo as reference to that) Another one will clearly be to get back to blogging more (again refer to the blog for this and my last post being in September!)

Anyways, New Year, New Start and all that bollox. I know I'm feeling probably the same as everyone else. That feeling when your on a mission to do everything you have been putting off for so long, to get organised, to get healthier, to get fitter, blah blah blah. I will try very hard not to bore you too much with that, because yes I am well and truly on a mission to achieve all right now, but deep down know full well it doesn't always work out like that, and something will crop up and distract you. 

An example I hear you say, well I kind of forgot I was going on holiday next week (I know just don't ask), so trying a "dry January" will never work. Add to that stag do's, weddings, birthdays etc, I just simply enough haven't the will power to succeed. I don't call this "Being negative" I call it simply "Being Realistic". 



I think there could be a lot of feeling like this above soon, thanks to my lovely girlfriend for buying me the "Insanity" workout DVDs for Xmas. I think she was making a hint that maybe I've put on a few pounds (or realistically been making excuses to work out less and lost a lot of my body shape), yes I can be honest people. But its something I really want to try and see if I can do it properly. The hardest part will be the fact that my work hours are so varied, its not easy for me to get into routines for diet and exercise, but again I guess thats me making an excuse again! Maybe I should just stop making excuses for the New Year.....OK I know I know, be more realistic again! 

I will be giving it my all when I recover from the worst bout of flu and infections I have ever had in my life over xmas! I will be sure to give some updates how it goes, even the moments where by the sounds of it I will be throwing my guts up, which as you can imagine I am thrilled about!



Ahhhh the dreaded work!!!! I even had to make myself go crazy whilst typing and watching that little gadget scroll over and over again. 

Coming up to Xmas I always dread the time for the reason that my work is often dead. Everything closes over xmas, which means its difficult for me to get any work in. Unlike people in full-time jobs, I don't get paid holiday time, so the panic often sets in. I manage to keep myself busy with my presenting work on ITV, which is always good, but fortunately this year after being slashed down with Man Flu x 10000000, I booked a couple of days shooting for Debenhams. It was great to be working, even though most people were relaxing and enjoying some time off, for me it felt great to be working. People may say to me, "well don't you miss having time off", and well I'm writing this on a Wednesday morning when everyone else is hard at work. I get all the time off I ever need, and so to have specific days like xmas, and bank holidays really don't bother me too much.



Now what 2015 has instore....

First and foremost, emotionally I am happier than I ever have been. I am more calm and relaxed and quite simply happy within myself. This might sound all "spiritual" but I promise you for me this is very important and something for the last few years I have stride to become. I've gone through the struggles and the battles and no doubt times will come where I need to battle once more, but I am in such a good place, happy being just me, no need to impress people, no care in the world if people dislike me, thats just life. 

Work wise it could be an interesting year and I will strive to work more, look for new opportunities and see where it takes me. I am hopefully (all fingers crossed until I sign a contract) going to be partaking in a new Acting project this year, which would be embarking in something completely different for me to get involved in. I will definitely be sharing if/when it starts, but its just always exciting doing the work I do knowing that I could be doing something completely different on the horizon. 


Anyways...Thank you to everyone who takes the time out to read through this and I hope it keeps you entertained a little and gives you an insight into my life a little more. 

I wish you all a fantastic New Year and may all your wishes come true













Monday, 8 September 2014

No-one works harder for yourself than YOU



The summer has passed, the weddings, the summer nights, the fun, the playing has all now come to a close. I love the summer, but its also my most dangerous time of the year for me, as I become very lax when it comes to work, and what I have to do to progress within the entertainment industry. I didn't once go to the gym in August, becoming very lazy, unhealthy, eating and drinking lots, which yes was fun and yes sometimes its nice to take a break from the requirements of my job, but does it help me? Not one tiny little bit. Others won't take a break. Competitors will continue to network, continue to work out, continue to be absolutely ready come the end of summer for the industry to pick up.

BUT, one thing I am doing now is knuckling down harder than ever. Work is tough. There have been a lot of changes at my ITV job that mean there are fewer nights available to work as of this month. This put a lot into perspective and is another reminder that there is little if any stability with my work. Being freelance and self employed, at any stage work can be terminated and I have nothing to full back on. It's not like a full-time position where you get redundancy pay outs. I need to constantly be on the look out for more opportunities and to continue to develop and to improve my skills.

I have a few agencies that look out for me, modelling, presenting and acting, but they also represent many other individuals, and so will never give their full attention to you (which is absolutely understandable). The only one that can work as hard for yourself is YOU. It really is as simple as that. This is something that I am telling myself everyday to ensure I do something that could make a difference and take me a step further down the road.


There are always a lot of these quotes about on social networks, and I'm sure many people (like me sometimes) just ignore them. But honestly they can really help to bring everything to light, and to enhance your motivation to succeed.



Some opportunities arose recently to host some awards ceremonies, something which I have never really done before, apart from on a small scale in LA. I was very excited to be asked to host the Luxury Lifestyle Awards a week ago. It was a very fancy do, with a lot of complicated names to throw in there from Europe. And as you can see from the picture above I was being my usual "serious" self ;-). I like to have fun when I'm presenting, as its just a process of being yourself. I like to entertain and to be light hearted, which we all know watching any programmes that we love from a host. It helps add to the experience for the future but to also build up some new contacts to try and get some more work in the future. This worked perfectly at this event as I was approached by a new Presenting Agency/Management company and also could potentially have work with the clients and the events company in the future. KEEPING POSITIVE.



I was also asked to host the South-East Apprenticeship Awards as well. A more serious, scripted affair, but one that again I gained valuable experience from. I certainly learnt a lot, including that my reading level in school (which was pretty low) still needs improving on! Ha Ha. I know I can always improve and I know theres a lot I can do to ensure that I raise my game and become the best I can be.


Haven't posted for a while so I appreciate all those that have taken the time to read through my post. I hope in some way it gives you an eye into what I do and to also potentially help others too.

Many Thanks