A Bit more about me
Writer ~ Story & Content Expert for Brands ~ Mentor
“We’ve Got A Bloody Good Language, Dammit Child, Use it Properly.”
One of my dad’s favourite mantras is pretty relevant to how I think and live today.
I can’t really put it down to nature – I was chosen from an orphanage aged six weeks by my parents.
I know not much about my “real parents” other than my mum was a young hairdresser and my dad was a Dutch roadie, working in Newcastle for a pop group back in 1975.
But nature, or nurture, me and language go back a long way.
I’m hungry for dialogue, conversation and connection in the same way my adopted dad was.
My purpose in life is to help people communicate their missions in the most perspicuous way they can.
You might work for a brand, a start-up, be a small business owner or person looking to learn more about the art of communicating better online.
I’ve been working in this world over twenty years, since I graduated with a degree in Film & Scriptwriting and set out to spend my life getting paid to talk and write in some capacity.
Photography: Kelly Back Photography
Photography: Kelly Back Photography
A few things about me
In essence, I call myself a jelly-hearted human because that’s what I am.
Open-hearted, love deep conversations almost as much as I love rolling on the floor laughing.
I love music and movies more than anything else in the world, except food.
I set up a content agency – when my kids were babes and grew it to multiple 6 figures and 7 full-time people but then I realised that the stress of running that kind of business wasn’t 100% true to me.
My parents were naturists and we used to camp our way around France in the buff!
I thrive with ADHD and am passionate about helping creatives with other kinds of “labels” free themselves and be 100% them.
Photo: Kelly Back Phtography
How I try and live my truth
I worked in marketing for years and I truly believe that the word marketing means nothing.
What I’ve seen work over and over in place of “marketing” strategies is brands, people, businesses just know who and what they are, and live that truth and create connections with people.
Dialogue: I believe the power of conversation can change lives. It’s why I love screenwriting so much, the dynamics, the body language, the psychology, the chemistry. There’s always so much more to the story than words. I find it interesting to bring those dynamics into the work I do.
Adventure: I’m at my happiest road tripping around, Tame Impala on loud, no clue where we’re going. We have a yellow campervan and recently took a two-year sabbatical to live in Barcelona and travel around Europe for a few years. Cannot wait until travel is back on the agenda; next on the list are Argentina, Australia, Japan and Scandinavia.
Solitude. As an outgoing kind of creature, I’ve realised recently that I also crave regular bouts of solitude to feel good and function better. During lockdown solitude has been my saving grace.
Originality. Can we talk about the internet? So much unoriginal content out there. So many buzzwords: step-up, intention, gratitude bla bla bla. There is a massive opportunity for you to use a language that sounds like you and that makes you or your business stand out from the crowd. We all have a unique voice.
Truth. I think it’s such a sad truth that we get much of who we are stamped out as kids – especially during those formative years. One of my core threads is to be more me in my life, whoever that offends. It’s much more exhausting to live someone else’s version of you than your own. Through my blog I’m going to be exploring this in a very raw and unfiltered way.