Exactly a year ago today I sat down and set up this blog; I had just left ITV and it was the first job I did as a freelancer.
At the time I was filled with a mixture or anxiety and anticipation – leaving a well paid staff job to set out on my own without any work secured was a daunting prospect, but I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do.
Fast forward 12 months and I couldn’t be happier! I’m now working with the legendary Huw Edwards, and I’ve had the opportunity to go right back where it all started by doing some shifts on Commercial radio. I’ve also produced my first half hour current affairs programme and worked on a network show, Crimewatch Roadshow, as well as doing international reports for Associated Press.
Hopefully though that’s just the beginning, I’d like the year ahead to be even better! So as 2014 gets underway I thought I’d share with you 14 things I’m looking forward to…
1. MC TV
This year I’m launching MC TV, a You Tube Channel where I will be broadcasting films about what I’ve been up to, as well as mini documentaries.
2. A Roaring Success
I have just signed with a talent agency called Dragon Personal Management, and I’m hopeful our partnership will be a “roaring success”.
3. Frenchie Fun
As you’re probably aware, in 2013 I bought myself a French Bulldog puppy. His name is Pierre and I love him to bits! Before Christmas a friend of mine told me about a group called “The French Bulldog Owners of London” which meets once a month in Regents Park. Next week Pierre and I are heading to the ‘Big Smoke’ to join them on their first walk of the year, and I really can’t wait!
4. The Wales Report
Yesterday was my first day back in the office, and the programme returns to our screens on 15th January.
5. Keeping it Real
Real Radio Wales has asked me to continue presenting news bulletins for them this year and I have said yes.
6. Those Who Can Teach
As well as broadcasting I’ll also be doing more corporate work this year. Weltch Media has asked me to join its team to host regular media training sessions in Cardiff (the January and February dates are almost full already, but there are a couple of spaces left).
7. Trying Hard
Regional Rugby may be in turmoil, but the 6 Nations Tournament never fails to deliver, so I’ll be singing my heart out when the competition kicks off.
8. Becoming an Ambassador
A charity that’s very close to my heart has asked me to become one of it’s ambassadors. I can’t say which one yet, as the official announcement hasn’t been made, but I am really excited about working with them and in a few weeks I should be able to tell you more, so watch this space…
9. Springing into Action
Massive storms may be battering Britain now, but Winter won’t last forever and before we know it it’ll be Spring and that means my tortoise, Tilly, will awake from her slumber.
10. Walking With Giants
At the end of March I’ll travel to Thailand for an experience of a lifetime. I’ll be spending a week at an elephant sanctuary where I’ll have first hand experience of feeding and bathing these gentle giants, as well as learning about the dangers they face from poachers and the tourist trade. I’ll then be making a film about my time there.
11. Making Hay
Every year I promise myself I’ll go to the Hay Festival and every year I’m either away or working, but this year I’m determined to go – I’ve written it down now so I have to!
12. Testing Times
In 2012 I started work on a London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts Diploma,. However, with a busy work and social calendar to organise, plans to take the LAMDA exam have been on the back burner but I’m really hoping that this will be the year I finally complete the challenge.
13. Hollywood – Here I come!
No, I don’t have plans to star on the silver screen, but my brother and sister-in-law are moving to LA and as soon as they’re settled I plan to visit.
14. Expect the Unexpected
Who knows what else 2014 will bring, but one thing I do know is that I can’t wait to find out!