Welcoming in a rainy Monday back up north, what other way would it be?
It’s really great to be back and blogging! So much has happened in previous weeks which is all so exciting & i cant wait to write about it!
So i recently moved back to northern lands for final year of studying musical theatre, my life and newly gained experiences shoved into my Corsa – I have never been so happy to see the VOTE PIES graffiti on the M6.
Moving to London to work with one of the most successful record labels was one of the BEST experiences so far in my creative journey. You suddenly become a tiny sponge in the big bubble bath of entertainment life and soak up every sud you can.
This post is focused on some tips/tools on how to survive the big city alone and skint! (whilst also pretending your already famous and loaded) lol.
“Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
1 – Always remember to go to the loo before you go out. The amount of times i had to pay to pee whilst juggling around 12 bags and all my emotions/stress was too many and too much to deal with on a busy morning commute.
2 – Do not shop at Waitrose. There will be no sign of Aldi until roughly, Bromley way. They love a Waitrose and don’t we all but this will never help you not be skint in the city.
3 – If your lucky enough to have a car in London, why drive it? Don’t. You save petrol and your mental sanity.
4 – Forget about what you thought you knew about food & share shopping with house mates. You must learn to live with the most basic ways of cooking. Sometimes you might not cook at all. (Cereal for dinner isn’t all bad!)
5 – Be amazing around everyone you meet in the entertainment industry, it’s actually really small. Everyone knows everyone.
6 – Don’t go on a night out to ‘The Box’ in Soho. Unless you have rich acquaintances. (£40 for two martini’s)
7 – Make the best of the clothes that you have. Everything you once hated you must now love, you just cant be sure of the next time you’ll be able to buy clothes.
8 – See Everything! watch and learn. I saw the Woman in Black again – YES because it was the cheapest play but so what? Make the most of the theatre and live shows, its well worth it and will only help broaden your creative knowledge!
9 – Work harder than anyone and enjoy every minute so that one day you won’t need to worry about your wardrobe and you can shop wherever you like.
10 – Don’t over read or think articles you see and things you hear. London is hard on your own and money is too. Those with fortunes (or their parents fortunes) are favoured very often, but fortune always favours the bold who get shit done.
And what better place to be in than the best city in the world?
Bye London! Until the next adventure…..
Below are some articles i have read this week that have filled me with motivation! Take a look:-
- The Guardian writes about working class actors & asks if they are slowly becoming a thing of the past? click HERE to read all about it.
- Judy Dench offering some advice to her younger self just HERE (what a woman)
- My FAVE new blog about performers, by performers ‘The Happy Performer’. This particular article got me thinking right HERE but continue to all their posts, they’re wicked!
Happy Reading x