Throughout my education there was a pressure in society to pursue the academic route, which I very briefly succumbed to. Enrolling in Business Studies, Film & Media, and Music Production, I attended 3 lessons and never went back. It was too restrictive and sterile. You can’t learn creativity or teach imagination, and I certainly didn’t want to produce music within a set of rules. So going on to further education was a bad decision. I should’ve known that from the start as I was a complete terror at school, partly because I hated academia and being the clown made it bearable.
So cast out of college and back into normal society, I started to look for an apprenticeship in Joinery. I’ve always been good with my hands, wink wink, so being creative in woodwork seemed a logical route to take. Throughout my apprenticeship I’d use my spare time to build extravagant designs. The older generation in the workshop didn’t appreciate my extra-curricular activities, but I’ve been upsetting people my whole life and I wasn’t looking to break that habit.
During this time I went home and proposed we should tear down the ceiling of my bedroom and create a mezzanine floor with a studio below. In hindsight it still seems a good idea, but I was met with a resounding “NO”, though worth a try! However that didn’t stop me drilling holes in the ceiling and hanging my TV on metal chains.
Once qualified I found employment working on projects for Manchester United & City football clubs. This would also involve working for the players in their own homes. Coming from a working class background this was another world entirely and a high level of craftsmanship was required. Though the hardest transition was keeping my blasphemy under control.