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A series of conversations with an array of creatives, hosted by Steve Whiteley. We talk about their journey, the struggles they’ve faced whilst progressing their career, strategies they use to unlock their creativity, how they balance their career with their personal lives, what impact this has on their mental health and lots more! Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/balancing-acts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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Stephen is one of the few people in the UK who is fully trained in the Neuromuscular Activation technique known as Be Activated. Over the last thirteen years, he has trained in a wide range of advanced physical therapy, injury assessment, exercise rehabilitation and sports performance improvement techniques. Be Activated is a ground breaking and re…
 
Naomi is an author, freelance journalist, business consultant and psychotherapist. She has written for The Times and The Guardian and since 2008 has been a regular contributor to the Financial Times, where she writes predominantly about the psychological aspects of working life. Her first book, The Man Who Mistook his Job for his Life, was publishe…
 
Ethan is an actor and comedian. He has starred in Bad Education both the TV series and feature film, starring Jack Whitehall. Ethan has also starred in Modern Horror Stories on Comedy Central and more recently as James in Ricky Gervais' After Life. Happy listening :) Steve - @offkeysteve #actor #acting #rickygervais #afterlife #jackwhitehall #steve…
 
Dugan is a writer, director and actor. He has directed music videos for the likes of Duck Sauce, Haim and Temper Trap and lots of very funny commercials. He was a staff writer on the animated TV series Dream Corp LLC. Dugan also sits on the board of directors for non-profit group OMG Cameras Everywhere. Happy listening :) Steve - @offkeysteve #duga…
 
Oenone is an influencer, presenter, podcaster and comedian. Her podcast Adulting has been downloaded over 3 million times. Oenone creates content about fitness, feminism, books, jewellery, politics and everything in between. If you like this episode please do rate and review the podcast on Apple. Happy listening :) Steve - @offkeysteve #oenone #inf…
 
Christine Rose is a TV comedy writer. Christine has written on shows including Graham Norton, Jonathan Ross Show, Chatty Man, Have I Got News For You, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie To You, Roast Battle, Horrible Histories and awards shows such as the BAFTAs, The Brits and The Royal Variety. As well as reality shows, dating shows, survival shows and…
 
James Farmer is a comedian and writer. James has worked as a writer on some of the most successful UK TV shows. From pretty much all of Jimmy Carr shows, to the Last Leg, Romesh on the Ranganation and Frankie Boyle on his shows. As a stand up he has supported both Jimmy Carr and Patrick Kielty on tour. Jimmy Carr on several dates for his Funny Busi…
 
Tony Kent is an author and criminal barrister. Tony grew up on a council estate in west London, he came from an Irish family of builders some of whom, including his older brother, found themselves on the wrong side of the law. It was during one of his brother’s brushes with the law that Tony decided he wanted to be a barrister. Fast forward today a…
 
Shaun Pye is a writer and producer. Shaun has written for numerous TV shows including The 11 O'Clock Show, Have I Got News For You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, They Think It's All Over, Armstrong and Miller, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Would I Lie to You?, Frankie Boyle's New World Order and The Reluctant Landlord. In addition Shaun co-created t…
 
Anirban is a comedian and writer from India. Anirban Dasgupta gave up his sales job to pursue comedy. He was of the founders of Comedified, one of the first legit comedy groups of Kolkata, and was instrumental in establishing a comedy scene in the sleepy city. In 2018, Anirban released his Amazon Prime Special called 'Take It Easy'. His dark comedy…
 
KG The Comedian is an actor, comedian and writer. KG is best known for a YouTube viral hit called Shadrack & The Mandem which culminated in millions of views, with fellow comedian Marston. As an actor he he starred in Famalam, King Gary, Ted Lasso, Sliced, Bloods, Time Wasters and Just A Couple. He also recently featured in Mo Gilligian’s documenta…
 
Neil is a writer, exec producer and co-founded the comedy drama production company Happy Tramp. Happy Tramp have produced a sitcom series for BBC1, a sketch show for BBC2 (Morgana Robinson’s The Agency), a BAFTA nominated short film for BBC3 and numerous half hour films for Sky Arts Urban Myths series, two of which (written by Neil) were nominated …
 
Athena writes and performs comedy. She is a member of the BBC Comedy Room 2019/20 and was awarded the BBC Felix Dexter Bursary for BAME up-and-coming comedy writers in 2020. She’s also a nominee for the 99 Club Female Comedians’ Bursary and a former BBC New Comedy Award Finalist. She has written for Horrible Histories, the Russell Howard Hour, Radi…
 
Zuby is an independent rapper, podcast host, author, public speaker and creative entrepreneur, with over 500,000 followers across social media. He was born in England, raised in Saudi Arabia and is a graduate of Oxford University. He has sold over 25,000 albums independently, performed in 8 countries and achieved over 10 million online video views.…
 
In this conversation I chat to actor/writer/director Rachel Stubbings (https://twitter.com/RachelStubbings). Rachel is a BAFTA nominated writer whose credits include The Athena (Sky), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (C4), Mock The Week (BBC2), The Last Leg (C4), Trollied (Sky) and Invasion Of The Book Readers (BBC). She is currently developing her short Good Grie…
 
In this conversation I chat to comedian/actor/presenter Shane Todd (https://twitter.com/shanetodd). Shane began performing stand up at the age of 19 and then began posting videos on YouTube, as part of the Harlem Gun Club a Northern Irish based comedy collective. He has performed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Mandela Hall and Ulster …
 
In this conversation I chat to writer/director Adjani Salmon (https://www.instagram.com/s.adjani). Adjani is an award winning writer and director from Jamaica. Before graduating from the Met Film School, he wrote and directed a 13-episode web series, which achieved over 40,000 views in 3 months. In 2013, Adjani moved to the UK to pursue his Masters…
 
In this conversation I chat to comedian and presenter Tom Deacon (https://twitter.com/TomHDeacon). Tom has been performing live stand-up for the last 12 years and has notched up 4 Edinburgh solo shows. He has presented for the likes of BBC2, BBC Radio1, The Capital FM breakfast show and YouTube football channel Copa90. Tom has also made guest appea…
 
In this conversation I chat to documentary maker and journalist Andrew Gold (https://twitter.com/AndrewGold_ok). Andrew speaks 5 languages, has lived in 6 countries and produces award winning documentaries on bizarre and controversial subcultures. His documentary Exorcism The Battle For Young Minds was broadcast on BBC3 and was Sunday Times' Pick o…
 
In this conversation I chat to writer, director and author Nat Luurtsema (https://twitter.com/natluurtsema). Nat has written for Mock The Week (BBC), 8 Out Of Ten Cats (Channel 4) and with her sketch group Jigsaw, Nat has had two Radio 4 series, and three sell-out Edinburgh runs. Her adult non-fiction title Cuckoo in the Nest was a Sunday Express B…
 
In this conversation I chat to comedian and writer Nathan Caton (https://twitter.com/NathanCaton) Nathan began performing stand up comedy at the age of 19 and since then he has been on Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, Don’t Hate The Playaz, Comedy Gala, Russell Howard’s Good News and his own series Gran Jury. He also wrote and performed in his BB…
 
In this conversation I chat to author/playwright/screenwriter Gytha Lodge (https://twitter.com/thegyth). Gytha set up her own theatre company after graduating from Cambridge with a degree in English and began to tour productions. Her one-act play Otherwise won a Fringe award in 2010 for best new play. After beginning the UEA Creative Writing MA in …
 
In this conversation I chat to writer/director/performer/producer, Heydon Prowse (https://www.twitter.com/HeydonProwse). Heydon began his career creating hidden camera political stunts with the viral creative agency Don't Panic. Many of these videos gained international press coverage. This led to the BBC3 show 'The Revolution Will Be Televised,' w…
 
In this conversation I chat to the founder of Hoopla, Steve Roe (https://www.hooplaimpro.com). Steve co-founded Hoopla in 2006 with his friend Edgar Fernando and they started running improv classes and courses. Hoopla are the founders of the UK’s 1st improv comedy club. Recommended by The Guardian, The Independent, Time Out, The Evening Standard, T…
 
In this conversation I chat to writer/director/improviser Jacob Reed (http://jacobreed.net). Jacob has directed for Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Nickelodeon and BuzzFeed. Over the past decade Jacob has also worked as a teacher and performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. His two man improv group Tremendosaur has had mu…
 
In this conversation I chat to comedian and rapper Joe Jacobs (https://www.instagram.com/jesterjacobs). Joe Jacobs is a comedian, rapper and writer. He has shared bills with acts including Bill Burr and Stewart Lee. He has been seen/heard on Channel 4, BBC Radio 4, BBC 6 Music, Radio 1XTRA and gained millions of views online. In addition to stand u…
 
In this conversation I chat to comedian Tom Houghton (https://www.instagram.com/honourabletom). Tom has shared line-ups with the likes of Michael McIntyre, John Bishop, Jason Manford and Jack Whitehall and has supported Daniel Sloss, Justin Moorhouse and more recently Milton Jones on tour. Tom has performed 3 critically acclaimed solo Edinburgh Fri…
 
In this conversation I chat to Daisy Squires, Lou Marillier and Sophia Seymour, the co-directors of the Guardian produced documentary 'Teranga' (https://www.terangathedocumentary.com). Teranga documents an Afrobeats migrant-run nightclub in Naples offering a safe space for the city’s asylum seekers. The film follows Fata and Yankuba, who fled dicta…
 
In this conversation I chat to actor and comedian Rose Holt (https://twitter.com/RosieisaHolt). Rosie's recent hilarious and satirical videos on Twitter have gone viral. Her performances are so good, that same people think her character is a real person. Rosie explains why she decided to quit performing stand up comedy and how lockdown led her to s…
 
In this conversation I chat to actor and comedian Will Robbins (https://www.instagram.com/willyrobbins). Will reached the final of the Brighton Komedia new comedian of 2020 competition. He recently starred in Comedy Centra's 'Transaction' and writes and acts in sketches on Instagram with his comedy partner in LOL's, Ben Cohen. Will kicks things off…
 
In this conversation I chat to comedian Joe Hobbs (https://www.joehobbs.co.uk). Joe has been nominated for the BBC New Comedy Award in both 2018 & 2019. He was listed on the BBC's top jokes of the Fringe 2019 and was the Amused Moose National New Comic Award Breakthrough Comedian Winner 2018. We kick things off sharing our hoarding tendencies and d…
 
In this conversation I chat to comedian Esther Manito (https://www.esthermanito.co.uk). Esther is the first female comedian to perform at Dubai Opera House, she's an Arab woman of the Year nominee, an Asian Woman of the Year Finalist, a Funny Women Regional Finalist and a So You Think You’re Funny Finalist. Esther and I describe the most random gig…
 
In this conversation I chat to comedian, writer, director and co-founder of Angel Comedy, Barry Ferns (https://barryferns.com). Barry has as written for the BBC, Channel 4 and Radio 4. His short films have been selected for The LA Comedy Film festival, Raindance and North by Northwest and he has won the Malcom Hardee Award for Comedy, as well as th…
 
In this conversation I chat to screenwriter Mark Boutros (https://www.mark-boutros.com). Mark co-wrote the one-off comedy drama about Muhammad Ali, The Greatest Of All Time, which was broadcast on Sky Arts as part of their Emmy nominated ‘Urban Myths’ season. He has had script commissions from numerous established TV production companies and his or…
 
In this conversation I chat to radio presenter and DJ, AJ King (https://www.instagram.com/kingajking). AJ was the winner of the Kiss 100 'Chosen One' competition and has gone on to have an illustrious career both as a radio and TV presenter. And as a DJ he has played at some of the biggest and best clubs across the globe. AJ is also an ambassador f…
 
In this conversation I chat to YouTube star Josh Pieters (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpE5VksCvp6lk35MJYlRs5Q). Josh runs his YouTube channel with Archie Manners, together they have created elaborate stunts, social experiments and pranked the likes of Katie Hopkins and Tiger Kings Carole Baskin. Their channel has amassed over 141 million views…
 
In this conversation I chat to Jack Howard, writer/director and actor (https://www.youtube.com/user/JackHoward). Jack has created numerous comedy sketches and short films for his YouTube channels, which have accumulated over 80 million views. He has also created two series for BBC iPlayer; and created, written, directed and starred in two seasons o…
 
In this conversation I chat to Cally Beaton, a stand-up comedian, writer, public speaker and executive coach (http://callybeaton.com). Cally worked as a TV executive at MTV, UKTV and Viacom as a Senior Vice President, where she was responsible for shows including South Park. Cally is also a Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP*)…
 
In this conversation I chat to Kwame Kwaten (https://www.instagram.com/kwamekwaten), founder of Ferocious Talent and a co-founder of Cr8ing Vision. Kwame began his career in the music industry as a band member in D-Influence, who supported the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson and produced tracks for a number of prominent musicians including Jay-Z a…
 
In this conversation I chat to Tibo Travers, producer and founder of Sweet Doh! (https://www.sweetdoh.com). The short films Tibo has produced have been funded by BFI, Creative England, been broadcast by Canal+ and RTE and distributed by NiTV and Shorts International. They have screened at festivals around the world. His most short film release 'Con…
 
In this conversation I chat to Ara Bozadjian the co-founder of The Jump Off and So Incredible TV. Ara launched the Jump Off with his brother and business partner Harry. Within a short period of time it became the number one hip hop battle event in the UK and Europe, expanding to territories worldwide. Their YouTube channel Jump Off TV has over 500,…
 
In this conversation I chat to actor, comedian, presenter and writer Jen Wakefield (https://www.jenwakefield.co.uk). Jen's debut solo Edinburgh Fringe Show ‘Girl in da Corner’ was transferred to Soho Theatre and she has performed stand-up on the BBC Asian Network comedy showcase. Jen starred in Channel 4's hidden camera show 'Riot Girl's' and BBC 3…
 
In this conversation I chat to comedian and podcaster Carl Donnelly (https://twitter.com/CarlDonnelly). Carl has twice been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award and has appeared on a selection of TV shows including Mock The Week, Russell Howard’s Good News and more. He's performed all over the world including at the Just For Laughs Festival in …
 
In this conversation I chat to writer/director Craig Ainsley (https://twitter.com/CraigSomersault). Craig's debut short film 'Leslie' received a Vimeo staff pick and was an official selection in numerous short film festivals and premiered on Nowness.com. His second short 'Whenever You’re Ready' also received a Vimeo staff pick, was featured on Shor…
 
In this conversation I chat to life coach Olly Carter (https://www.boldliving.life). Through his company BOLD, Balanced Organic Lifestyle Design, Olly is encouraging people to become their authentic selves. This episode is a lockdown special, in which Olly gives some helpful tips and advice on how to get through this challenging period. He explains…
 
In this conversation I chat to stand up comedian and writer Kelly Convey (https://www.instagram.com/kelly_convey). Kelly was voted by The Metro as ‘1 of 9 Hilarious Women to Look Out for in 2017’. She was a finalist in the South Coast Comedian of the Year and So You Think You’re Funny competitions and has supported Russell Kane, Alan Carr and most …
 
In this conversation I chat to actor, writer and comedian Dave Tozer (https://www.youtube.com/user/Wallop). Dave went from having a corporate career in IT to jacking it all in and deciding to create a home recording studio and launch Wallop a comedy youtube channel. He explains what led him to that point and how he went on to perform in a sketch sh…
 
In this conversation I chat with actor, writer and director Khyan Mansley (https://www.youtube.com/Khyan). Khyan was one of the early YouTubers, launching his channel in 2009 and releasing sketches and vlogs. He soon built up a following and started to making bigger and more ambitious projects, which eventually led to him writing, directing and sta…
 
In this conversation I chat with comedian, actor and writer Seán Burke (https://twitter.com/SeanBurkeShow). Seán starred in the Radio 1 comedy sketch show ‘What is Music Videos?’ on BBC iPlayer, he was the host of Channel 4’s ‘Hollywood Hijack’, an online comedy series based around celebrity interviews. He's also the the head writer/performer for ‘…
 
In this conversation I chat with comedian and writer Amir Khoshsokhan (https://twitter.com/amirk17). Amir is a BBC Comedy Award Nominee and has reached the finals of many stand up competitions including, So You Think You're Funny, Leicester Square New Comedian, English Comedian of the Year and wining the title of the Piccadilly Comedy Club’s New Co…
 
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