I love connecting with people, where-ever they may be, so a big thank you for coming over to find out a little more!
“What do you do?”
Don’t you cringe when you’re asked that?
Do you define yourself by one single activity?
(perhaps, unfairly, by the one that brings in the most money?)
Your day-job may be as a journalist, a cleaner, solicitor or pulling pints in a bar; but is that all that you are?!
Wouldn’t you rather put across the myriad and diverse interests that you have, that truly make you the complete person you are?
I certainly would…so I did!
Below you’ll find a short version (think of it as an appetiser), a medium one (the starter!) and a longer one; the main course 🙂
So, whatever your appetite; tuck in!
Short (and boring!) version:
I’m a husband, father, musician, singer, songwriter, producer, filmmaker, editor, photographer, author, blogger, event host, public speaker, consultant, teacher, entrepreneur, strategist, marketeer, salesman, martial artist and traveler. Sheesh!
I’m a family man, teacher and storyteller who uses songs, films, photos, words and my voice to inspire, entertain and educate people (preferably all at the same time!).
I create all my music, films and writing in my lounge, in and among all my daughter’s toys.
Or, if I’m feeling especially adventurous and creative I might use the wider world around me; the block of flats I live in, the streets nearby, Battersea Park, iconic parts of London or anywhere I can get away with filming for free 🙂
I’m inspired when people push themselves to improve, no matter how big or small the goal, and I hope to inspire other people in a similar fashion; if I can help or even just encourage people to improve their skills or situation even a little, that makes me a very happy man!
I also train martial arts, play chess and love to travel.
I love music. I’m definitely a musician. I taught myself a few instruments, including singing, guitar, bass, and a little piano and drums.
And I write songs too, lots of them. I guess that means I’m a songwriter as well 🙂
I also love films. I’ve always made them up in my head, and more recently I’ve started actually making them, so other people can watch them too!
By necessity that means I’ve had to learn how to be a cameraman and editor as well.
Some efforts have been promotional films for others, many have been experiments with my own music as the soundtrack. You can check them out on my YouTube channel.
Alongside films I love fiction writing.
Even before I made up films in my head I made up stories, some of them I actually wrote down!
I have oodles of ideas for books and screenplays, but haven’t applied the time to write for a quite a while. For now I’ve just got one collection of short stories available on Amazon.
But not all words need be fiction; I also write My blog. Sometimes I write to inspire, sometimes to inform, other times more like a simple diary.
Another thing I have always loved, even more so since I met my wife, is traveling.
There are few better ways to grow than experiencing all the different cultures, customs, places and landscapes of our beautiful world (and, being a Londoner, the different weather too – aaah, sweet sunshine!).
Though I’m fortunate to have visited a number of countries on five continents (still not made it to South America…yet!) my favourite is Italy.
(and that was true even before I met my wife, who’s from Ischia, an island in the south of Italy, so might make me a little biased 😉 )
An added benefit to traveling – even just going out for a day’s walk in London – is being able to indulge in photography; especially landscape and city shots.
I’m by no means a professional photographer, but I really enjoy trying to find a new angle or contrast in the composition.
I like to saturate the colours of my photos afterwards. It might give somewhat “unnatural” results but I love the way the photos really pop out! You can see a bunch of these on my Instagram.
I also really enjoy exercising, particularly martial arts.
Although I don’t devote as much time as I used to, I still train Chinese kung fu a few times a week, specifically Tai Chi and Wing Chun, and intend to keep on doing so for the rest of my life! I’ve even been honoured to appear briefly on national TV performing some Wing Chun!
Of course I’ve been very fortunate to have a world-class teacher close by, in who’s school I train. Head to Jasma.Org.UK if you’d like to know more.
Another thing I’ve always really enjoyed is inspiring positivity in people and helping them to grow.
Whether as a manager (in my old career in advertising sales!), via client consulting or just casually over a pint, I love helping people see and seize new opportunities, especially when they feel in a rut, thinking (erroneously!) that they’ve no options. Even worse; I loathe to see people waste talent.
Happily I’m having more and more opportunity to help people directly, through one of my other regular activities; event hosting:
I run a company called UK Open Mic that puts on a few free open mics in London each week, one of which I’ve been personally hosting for a few years now.
Another company I’m helping and hosting events for is Darker Music Talks, which puts on a free monthly seminar at PRS for Music, the UK’s songwriter royalties collection society.
Both of these enable me to meet lots of wonderful musicians who, like me, are striving to piece together fledgling careers in music. This gives me the precious opportunity to share my thoughts and ideas on how they might grow and improve their careers.
But, all this said, my single biggest passion is my family; my wife Simona and our beautiful daughter, Mina.
I spend three days a week on daddy duty, playing and looking after Mina (she’s only 3!), and I try my utmost to keep the weekends free to spend as a family.
(and not to look at my phone and messages!)
So, as I said at the beginning, I’m probably just like you, with loads of different interests! But, though there’s more, I’ll stop there, as I’m sure you don’t want my whole life-story…
But wait a minute; who are YOU?!
Talking AT you is no fun; let’s have a conversation!
Tell me a bit about YOU in the comments section below – let me know who I’m talking with 🙂
Or start a conversation with me on my Facebook Page.
I hope we can chat further; perhaps we can be mutually inspirational!
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