I started life as a stage manager and prop maker. Amongst other things, I ran a pub theatre, made giant strap-on penises, and toured all over the world with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In 2001, I began studying photography. In 2004, my graduation installation went on to become My Celebrity Boyfriend. In order to fund my photography habit, I then became a PA. This led to me being the Assistant to Michael Boyd, Artistic Director of the RSC and then to David Lan, Artistic Director of the Young Vic.
I’ve been a stills photographer for film and theatre, worked with refugees and asylum seekers, taught literacy and qualified as a children’s shoe fitter. The Billy Ray? Project, a study of sons of preacher men, started in 2006 and has carried on despite all these things getting in the way.
And now I’m a writer. For hire. So hire me.
Portrait of me © Betty Beston – she’s ace.