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Name: Frances Age: 25 Occupation: Trainee teacher Creative ambition: Playwright
1. What is your biggest creative ambition?
To have a play performed at The Royal Court Theatre
2. How long have you have an interest in writing?
Always! I've always loved writing. And reading too. And going to the theatre. I didn't really start to take it seriously until about a year ago though.
3. How do you manage to balance your writing with the demands of your day job/life?!
I work as a teacher, so it's early mornings, late nights planning, marking and generally feeling exhausted. Sometimes it seemed like I would never have time to sit down and write! But your time is what you make of it - I wrote my first play in a week half-term holiday and it went on to win a competition. I think about what I really enjoy and what I really want and that motivates me to make time! It's not easy and sometimes other areas of your life slip, but it's worth it! If I didn't put the time in I'd feel like a large part of me was being underused.
4. What difference does it make to how you approach your life knowing that you have made an outlet for your creative interests?
It makes me more positive! I don't get too stressed about the little things at work because I know what is really important to me is my creativity.
5. What was your 'light bulb moment?' The point where you absolutely knew that you had to pursue your creative ambitions, no matter what?
I'm not sure I've had it yet! I love my job teaching - it lets me be creative in so many ways and work with incredible young people. I think if I was to solely pursue my writing then I'd miss out on so many great daily fun things. For me it's about being able to do both! You aren't just one thing in life, you're LOADS of things!
6. What has been your biggest challenge so far in realising your creative ambition and how did you overcome it?
It's a really difficult industry, full of knock backs and hold ups. Persevering through these can be really tough on your self-confidence. Talking to people who have nothing to do with your ambitions is a great way to get through these times! Reading a rejection letter from a theatre is always put into perspective by talking to my friend who works as a heart surgeon!
7. What has been you biggest creative achievement so far?
Having a play I wrote performed at The Roundhouse in London and watching my words come to life.
8. What advice would you give to anyone else who wants to fulfil a creative ambition?
Work hard, be nice, be interesting, be interested and always go that 10% more. Be patient and have many things in your life that make you happy.
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