I fell into TV after a trip to Everest with my brother changed the course of my life and I found myself in entertainment. I stayed open to opportunites and did a lot of hustling in those early days. I was keen, worked hard, showed up authentically and had a genuine love of story telling and talking to people which is what helped me gain traction.
𝗜 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗜𝗰𝗲 𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗱 𝗠𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁?
I’ve had many adventures and specialize in adventure travel production so ice climbing on Everest, (and in Antarctica and Alaska) was another cool day in the office! That said I am afraid of heights so I had to talk myself through it in my head! Today, alongside my career in television, I run a mountain guiding expedition company and we run expeditions to Everest every year so I’m a bit more familiar with it and comfortable now than I was! I think any challenge you need to find your motivation and know ‘why’ you are doing it. When you know you're ‘why’ you can push through the obstacles and preserve.
𝗧𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗨𝗻𝗽𝗹𝘂𝗴𝗴𝗲𝗱, 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘂𝗽 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗮𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲𝘀?
Unplugged is a TV series in development which dares a device addict to ‘log off and live’ and find themselves beyond their screens in the outdoors.
It’s all about harnessing the power of adventure and the outdoors to help people find their best selves and to show them how capable they are and how worthwhile pushing beyond their comfort zone can be. I’m still on the market with it and look forward to one day going into production.
𝙒𝙝𝙤 𝙞𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙗𝙞𝙜𝙜𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙄𝙣𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙞𝙣 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚?
My biggest inspiration is my brother Rex - he taught me and continues to teach me the power of dreams
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗮 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁'𝘀 𝘀𝗶𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀?
My best advice is that you absolutely need to be yourself. There is no ideal TV presenter who has the perfect words, the perfect look, the perfect presence. People resonate when you are honest, authentic and not trying to be anything other than who you are. That’s when they see themselves in you. The other greatest learning from over a decade in the job is ’to get out of your own way’. Being a host, it’s not about you. It’s about the story you are telling, the people, the places, the purpose. When you communicate about those things passionately and not worry about yourself, you will be easy to watch.