And so it begins…
Nothing can prepare you for tour life or what in entails. As this was the first ever one I had been on I had nothing to compare it to. From what other people had told me and my own experiences of it reflecting back, I assume that most tours work in a similar way…
- You travel.
- Go out.
- drink too much.
- Crash in hotel room around 3am.
- Get up.
- Miss breakfast.
- Get on tour bus.
Thank god it was only 3 weeks, any longer and I think my liver would have cut out on me. I can see how so many rock stars end up in rehab, I was seriously considering it when I got home. It’s like living in a bubble with the same people day in, day out. A family. We were lucky with how well everyone gelled and got on, even in the early days of rehearsals it was clear that it was going to be a lot of fun, and boy- it was! Everyday I found myself crying with laughter. It was mostly at my fellow make-up artist, Stephen and Callum (HG wells) who I had to spend so much time with. (3-4 hours every show day to be precise!) These 2 guys continually made me smile and we had so much fun.
As for the rest of the cast, they all turned out to be diamonds too! It’s always been tricky with celebrities as people have so many preconceptions about them. I try to never do this as I think sometimes all it takes is for people to catch you on a bad day and that’s all that they remember. I have to say, first impressions count for lot and when I first met everyone at LH2 they were all very polite and professional, nice people. As the tour went on, people got more comfortable around each other and I think by the 2nd show in Liverpool we had all started to bond. It was like hanging out with your bestest friends, only better!
Cardiff was by far the best night… after the show we had a lock-in in a local café/bar owned by one of Joe’s band mates (Nick) We finished the show around the usual time of 12pm and rocked up there. We drank (a lot) and played karaoke all night! (I mean what else do you do with a bunch of singers?!) I think we must have gotten back to the hotel about 4am? It’s safe to say we all slept most of the journey to Birmingham the next day!
Highlights of the tour include:
- Playing some of the country’s biggest and best arenas ( sold out the 02…twice!)
- Making some amazing friends. (I still can’t quite believe I have Brian Mcfadden’s number!)
- Doing what I love, getting paid for it and actually loving it? (It’s not as exciting as an office job, granted.)
- The laughs, jokes and dirty humour. (Joseph Whelan)
- The wild nights out (dry January anyone?)
To sum it up... Its taken me a long time to reach my ambitions. There have been times where I've wanted to quit and give up but no matter how hard a situation, if you want something, push for it and you will succeed. I have by no means 'made' it in the industry, to be honest I'm not even close to what I want to achieve. That said, when I get to experience work like this it's all worth it.
Thank you for your continued support. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading all about my experiences and sharing a glimpse into my world! (and that I haven’t bored you to tears?!) Please give the video a watch… Like and share away!
Here’s to the reunion…