Hi everyone, Callum here.
Apologies for the late post. Just had a lot of good stuff happening in the last month or so. And that’s what this update is about.
Before the good stuff happened, I was in a bit of a down mood. Not that I was suffering from depression or anything serious, but I was feeling angry at myself all the time. Thinking nasty things to myself because I wasn’t going anywhere in life. I was stuck in two jobs that had nothing to do with my dream of being a writer.
In short: I was stuck. Until the end of April. That’s when the downward spiral started turning up.
I had written two play-scripts that I was hoping to get published at some point. On Facebook, I saw an advert about a radio station called Sheffield Live that was looking for new writing material. I submitted my plays and, to my delight, they loved it and wanted to record them. I cannot begin to describe my mood when I saw the email response from them. My dreams of being a writer were finally coming true.
I even got to see my play being recorded as well. This was my first play called Still Learning, about two close friends who are going off to live their lives elsewhere and aren’t sure of where they’re going. I’ve attached a link at the end of this post, as its available on YouTube. My other play needs a cast, so we’re currently searching around at the moment (By the way, if you live in Sheffield and you’re wanting to publish something you’ve written, Write Radio is the place to go. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org about sending in new material).
My second piece of great news came from a new job opportunity in Sheffield. A friend of my parents was the manager of a media company called Fortay Media, and he’d heard of my writing degrees and wanted to give me a three day trial to see if I could work for him.
The result: I was given the role of Creative Content Writer, by which I was given a blog to write about from different clients and then it would be published online after being read through. I also got to do bits of filming for the company as well and a bit of writing content for a website. Of course, I had to leave my job behind at School and Coumes Brook Residential, but that didn’t matter. I was finally doing something I enjoyed.
If you ever need a media company for filming or promoting your company, check out Fortay Media in Sheffield. They are brilliant.
Finally, the last bit of news came from a new drama society I joined called Grenoside Pantomime. Also based in Sheffield, I decided to join them after leaving HSU Theatre Society. They were holding auditions for a pantomime version of Treasure Island at the beginning of June.
I auditioned and, to my surprise, I got the lead role of Jim Hawkins. Another fantastic climb up the ladder of success. And all whilst watching X-Men: Dark Phoenix in the cinema.
As a result of all these good events occurring, my mood began to improve. I’ve become a little bit more positive about my life, and I’m finally a writer. I’ve finished the final planning stages of my horror novel and I’m back to writing on this blog as well. I’m so happy about how good things have been in my life.
All of this goes to show one thing: anyone can make it. I’m sounding cliched here but I’m being serious. If you have a dream and you want it so badly, go after it. Keep going, no matter how tough life may be. I’m finally a writer and I’m glad to have gone through so much to get there.
Expect the unexpected, as my parents and I say. You never know what will be around the corner.
Heres the link to my radio play: