On one journey I stopped at some traffic lights and through my bleary eyes saw a figure from my past using the crossing.
In front of me was a choreographer I worked with 11 years ago on my first big job. A choreographer who brought me into her office at the 15 minute call before a matinee performance and told me I had out on too much weight and should really be slimmer if I wanted to be a leading lady on the West End. I then attempted to perform the show through tears as I was mortified that people had paid money to watch someone like me on the stage.
My foot twitched over my accelerator - I'm not gonna lie all those past feelings of humiliation boiled up inside me and urged me to run the red light and zoom towards her. But ten years of hindsight and a moral code that won’t allow me to break the law just meant that I took a deep breath and drove on.
|Les Dawson challenged the stereotype with|
his Roly Poly dancers
And if you are 21 and reading this, take it from this 31 year old – how you look isn’t the bee-all and end-all, being happy, healthy and doing a job where you don’t have to sit in traffic at 7am is what really matters.