I was the kind of child that lived and breathed theatre. I knew every word to Les Misérables. I sang in competitions and I dreamt that I would become a musical theatre star. I attended after school drama clubs, but I never truly felt I fitted in with those cooler, more confident kids. And so as a young adult, I made my way backstage…
Since then I’ve been privileged to work as a crucial part of the crew and costume departments on a huge number of West End musicals, including Cats, Starlight Express and Miss Saigon. I found my people, and somewhere in the dark, like a speck of dust caught in the shaft of a spotlight, I found myself.
In those shadowy, magical places, collaboration and passion are never taken for granted. We know we need to work together to create a complex piece of art night after night. Yet how many of us struggle with self-doubt when we are alone?
When we’re not standing shoulder to shoulder with our crew mates, how well can we have confidence to create and produce?
The creative process starts with a gut-feeling, a hunch, a half-formed idea. From such simple beginnings, thecreatives of our industry – writers, producers, directors, designers, actors – go on to craft a world of smoke and mirrors that captures the attention of an audience and holds them rapt. Yes, collaboration is essential, but the process begins alone. How do we do this? How do we create?
We must battle our self-doubt, our vulnerability, our inner – and often our outer – critics. We must persevere when all we have is an insubstantial vision. No wonder so many of us – myself included – struggle to realise our dreams. No wonder we sometimes doubt we will ever be able to create something of worth again.
When those times hit, and you find yourself lost, I can step in as a Narrative Coach and help you find the strength to continue. To understand the fears, and shed light on the limiting beliefs that are working against you. Everyone has them. Noticing them, understanding them and then changing them, is what Narrative Coaching is all about.