Kickstart 2021 - Supporting Entertainment & Live Events

KICKSTART 2021: A Series of Virtual Events Supporting the Entertainment & Live Events Industry

New year, new you. Start it right!

It’s been a challenging year for everyone in the business. There is no doubt we are all missing the amazing feeling of working on a great show, event or production.

The day will come when we can return to creating, sharing and contributing to our amazing cultural heritage. In the meantime, let's make the best of the time we have and ensure we're ready to make 2021 a success.

So pour yourself a coffee—or even a glass of wine—as we exchange support and advice in a relaxed, safe environment. Our special guests are qualified to provide advice and support in the three cornerstone areas of mental health, financial advice, and educational mentorship.

Propel yourself into 2021. Make it your own; make it count.

Up-Coming Dates: Thursday, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th January 2021 | Time: 4pm GMT


Jan 7 Session 1: Finance with JD Rainey

UP NEXT! Jan 14 Session 2: Mental Well-being with Claire James and Michaela Blackburn

Part one with Claire:

Understanding the brain and emotions when we feel under pressure and threat:
What’s the neuroscience that underlies our responses when times get tough?
How can we use this understanding to manage ourselves and our relationships with others more effectively at such times and weather the storms with greater equanimity and resilience?

Part Two with Michaela:

Movement with music 
Mindful colouring (Please bring a pencil, paper and colouring pencils)
Anchoring Phrases
Self care lists
Music Meditation 

Jan 21 Session 3: Networking with John Schwab
Jan 28 Session 4: Getting Work Ready With Industry Pros

Special Guests For The Up-Coming Mental Well-being Session

Claire James - Pivotal Moment:
Founded in 2012 by Managing Director, Claire James, Pivotal Moment helps leaders, entrepreneurs and their teams step into their highest selves and greatest potential. Claire uses Values, the universal ego architecture framework of the Enneagram, and a variety of neuroscience-based tools, to take intra- and inter-personal awareness, mastery and performance – for individuals and groups - to new levels of competence and enjoyment.

Claire has a joint honours in French and Drama from the University of Bristol and weaves work on presence and somatic awareness into supporting high performance for a worldwide client base. Her clients include the UK Treasury, NHS, International Banks, charities and Arts organisations, and the Employee Owned sector. She also provides subsidised support for SMEs, freelancers and entrepreneurs, and no cost support for those in need. Claire has been mentoring and coaching on the NatWest Accelerator programme since 2017 and is based between East Sussex and Central London.

Michaela Blackburn:
Michaela is an actor and singer who graduated from the London College of Music in 2018. Since graduating she has performed in the Olivier Award-nominated production of Our Lady Of Kibeho at Theatre Royal Stratford East. She has performed at Royal & Derngate, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Tristan Bates Theatre. Last year she appeared in a Walkers commercial.

During Lockdown her acting career has been paused, so she decided to start a project she has always wanted to share called Becoming Michaela. Becoming Michaela was created to share her self-love journey, to inspire others to learn to love themselves. She is an advocate for mental health and well-being. She wants to be a representation for women, especially young black females who are often underrepresented in mainstream media including Fashion, Theatre, TV and film industries.


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