My first passion was music. At 19 I landed my dream job – a trainee sound engineer in a recording studio. After six months I realised this had its downside: egomaniacs, lack of daylight, ridiculous hours. At 20 I had my next dream job. I became a trainee engineer at the BBC Television Centre London. After three years of boredom at the BBC, from watching TV twelve hours a day, I decided to get creative and studied for a dream degree in Film and Photography. This was a very political and analytical course, it left me wanting simplicity. I worked on a farm for a year.
Now, with a CV that made little sense, I felt a bit stuck but I was encouraged to enter teaching. I became a primary school teacher and for the first time became truly stimulated, challenged, creative and compassionate. I also began to use digital media in the classroom.
After eight years working in schools in England and Scotland, interspersed with theatre work, I felt that the children had taught me enough. I set up EMPVideo to train teachers, to make films and to promote local third sector organisations. Here you are and here I am.
I have kept a dream diary for thirty years. I believe that film is strongly connected to dreaming. My next big dream is to make a feature film.