1 – Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a university drop out who has a tendency to get started with the journey before knowing where the final destination is.
Currently I am a general manager of a coworking space in Wrexham, North Wales, which is powered by a B-corp called Town Square Spaces. We help people realise their dreams into realities, connect communities and remove as many barriers as possible for people to live and work the jobs they want.
When I’m not in the office I am a standup comedian, mainly performing in comedy competitions up and down the UK, as well as being a host of my own comedy open mic.
In 2018 I also became co-director of a hip hop company called Larynx Entertainment, we aim to shine a spotlight on Welsh hip hop aswell as giving upcoming acts a chance to supported by industry veterans, through networking and live events.
Lastly I am the host of a science and nature podcast called Backyard Beasts in which I talk to leaders in the field about the changes we can make and how we can approach big problems in small manageable ways.
2 – How and when did you get started?
When I was a kid I never really had a clear idea of what I wanted to do (truthfully I’m not sure that I do now) so like most students I decided to go to university with the assumption that it would streamline my options and be a straight forward path into a high earning job.
I realised university wasn’t for me and came back home to do the exact same pot wash job that I was doing before uni at my local pub.
Though I didn’t know what I wanted, I knew that I didn’t want to be working in my local until I’m 60 so I took every and any opportunity that came my way.
I got into videography which went from me filming a local dog show to working in Magaluf for a DJ, I hosted a community raffle which landed me a 2 year spot on community radio with my own show.
All of which immersed me into the community in a way that I couldn’t imagine and provided me with the perfect skills for the work I am doing now
3 – What has been your most satisfying moment so far?
Honestly it’s the small and surprising moments like when somebody will approach me and say ‘X told me that you’re the perfect person to speak to about this’
Or on the same lines, when I am asked to come into universities and colleges and do talks for students, it’s both satisfying and a bit crazy that I am being looked up to as inspiration in any way. I don’t think you ever stop feeling like that kid finishing school, not quite knowing what’s going on.
4 – What motivates/drives you?
I’m motivated by my memories of how far removed I felt from opportunities or individuals when I was growing up.
When I was in education in the middle of the 00’s career paths were very black and white, we didn’t really talk about aspirations of being self employed or working in exciting industries like media or technology.
I always felt like I was that song at the start of every Disney film when the hero knows they want more than what’s in front of them but they haven’t got the skills or connections yet.
The idea of how much I could change someones life by making anything more accessible and help them feel their dreams are achievable definitely keeps me motivated.
5 – What advice would you give yourself at the start of your career?
I think the most important piece of advice I could give myself is that you shouldn’t compromise and work on projects or for people you don’t share the same values as, but if you do find yourself in that position for any reason, no career is the be all and end all.
Careers are not a linear progression and knowing when to change or let something go isn’t actually a failure, it’s just another in a long line of decisions you’ve made.
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