The ancient Greek word for an actor ὑποκριτής (hyprokrites) means literally one who interprets.
Well if we interpret the word hypokrite I think we can learn a lot! Ahem.
Ever since I was young, I’ve always been involved in the arts. I studied drama and theatre, took LAMDA exams, had ballet and singing lessons, composed mini film scripts and short stories, performed in every school play going, and even worked as a child ‘model’ – sadly I did not win the “Skin as Soft as a Peach” competition (that now sounds so weird) when I was four…probably for the best!
You could say it’s in the blood. My mother is a ballet dancer/teacher, having studied at the Royal Ballet School, and my father was quite the accomplished Greek singer in his day. (Listen to his hit single “So Ashamed” here!).
Although for a long time I wanted to be a Criminal Barrister (not a criminal, just a barrister), I also wanted to be an Egyptologist, an Investigative Journalist, a Director, a Writer, a Private Investigator, an MI5 officer (I did actually apply you know), a Designer AND an Entrepreneur.
In the media industry, one can at least pretend to be all of these things and more. In fact, sometimes being involved in showbiz can even pave the way for new career paths (it’s all about networking people!).
So along with all the general legal/finance work, book writing, blogging, freelance writing, ad hoc acting jobs, model dabbling (dabbling IN modelling I mean, I don’t dabble models…) and voice overs, I am still sort of fulfilling all my childhood career ambitions.
I do my own investigative journalism/MI5 spying (Facebook stalker alert), direct my own holiday videos (watch them here), write about Greek life (buy my book here or click on the right hand side menu), design my own range of Greek Wives Club merchandise (available to purchase here), and continue to dig up my back garden from time to time in search of Egyptian artefacts…(this is true btw, my sister and I went through a phase of digging around for gold and burying time capsules…god I hope no-one ever finds them).
So I guess the Entrepreneur dream is a work in progress.
Still the journey for success continues, and it hasn’t been an easy road.
Writers, Actors, Musicians, Artists, Directors and any other art-based profession all run into the same brick walls at times. You’re only as good as your last film/ book/ painting/ song/ guy you dated (in the case of Liz Hurley).
And let’s not forget that the media industry is riddled with rejection, corruption and fakery. But then so is the UK legal system. And the government.
So the key is to take a risk and strive forward. And who says Law cannot be combined with showbiz? After all, “All lawyers are actors” – Browne Green, Esq.