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Well, I’m Estelle and mentor theatre lovers to help them start their career. Nothing more fulfilling than to make a living doing what you love.
I’ve been working in and around the theatre for 20 years. I know what it is to start from scratch, with no network and connections; I’ve done it twice, in two different countries. I’ve worked as an actor, a puppeteer, a stage manager, a prop maker, a designer, and a production manager. I’ve auditioned people and I’ve auditioned for people, I’ve commissioned and I’ve been commissioned, I’ve interviewed and I’ve been interviewed.
When I moved to the UK, the only very few connections I had, were to do with my acting days, which I had firmly decided to put behind me. I had just finished retraining as a prop maker and that’s what I wanted to freelance as while creating my own work. I had done my training in France and my portfolio was only made of course work: no connections, no experience.
After 6 weeks, I started to work in one of the biggest west end scenic studio. After a year, I was working with various companies regularly, ringing me up for commissions. After 2 years I was balancing these offers with making my own shows and getting funding for it.
Today, I work mostly as a creative producer with What's Coming out of the Box. We mentor a few wonderful people, to give them a leg up and make sure they don’t make the same mistakes that most graduates do. I'm happy to say that all of them are off to the career that they want, either in full time job, freelancing in the industry or creating their own work.
Career Coffee Chats is when we open this mentoring to all. They are an opportunity for you to join us and some tips on your career, for free! Like the sound of that? Click below!