What’s the best career-related advice you’ve ever received?
This is a funny one. I went through a two-month phase of wanting to work in real estate – of course, I realised it wasn’t aligned with my morals at all.
There was this boring event I attended and interestingly, this rich real estate dude gave me some advice that I still remember. He said: “If you want to work in the arts, spend as much time as you can to hone your craft – volunteering and getting involved with local events.”
It’s weird that it came from someone like him, but I made that advice work for me, even being from a working-class background. It may not be possible for everyone, but if you can, try to hone your skills as early as possible.
What advice would you give someone looking to get into a similar career?
Join youth community groups. I never did that, but wish I did – there are plenty out there. I’m sure connecting with others on social media can also help, if you’re comfortable using it.
University is useful, but a lot of the people teaching there were in the industry five to six years ago. It has massively changed. Speaking to people in the industry directly can be much more helpful.
Also, try and find a creative team to make stupid short films with – and don’t worry, they’re always bad in the beginning. Just get yourself out there and join as many groups as possible.
Theatres also have lots of free workshops. Look them up and go to them. You will learn lots of things from the people there.