Welcome to Five Minutes With, a page chock-full of interviews with interesting people, aimed at an audience that are easily distracted.
I love to read interviews and insight into people’s lives, motivations and businesses. Unfortunately, I normally reach page two into the article and get bored, and begin to think about something food-related, or have an urgent need to check Twitter/Facebook/Insert time-wasting social network here. I know that there are others just like me out there so this is for you lovely people.
Stacie is a TV Chef, MasterChef finalist, Channel 4 presenter, DJ and owner of a great cafe called Eat Naked. We spoke about her MasterChef highlights, what Eating Naked is all about, and Stacie’s great new partnership with Caorunn gin.
David is an author and sports writer, well known for books such as Premier League Diary (with Welsh football Captain Ashley Williams) and There’s Only Two Tony Cotteys. David has just released his fifth book – Champion of Champions – we talked about everything from the publishing process, to how a storm with Luis Suarez made national headlines.
Aria Blake is a Wrestler from Clearwater, Florida who made her debut in 2015. She is now making a big impact in MLW amongst other promotions she has worked with (which include SHINE and Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment). Aria is one half of the Spoiled Brats tag-team, and has recently started a great vlog following an injury, and also takes care of many of the MLW backstage interviews.
Aria explains how she got started, who she looks up to and has advice for wannabe Wrestlers!
Ricky Knight Jr is from British Wrestling royalty – a member of the illustrious Knight family. Ricky has already held Championship belts and is the nephew of WWE megastar Paige. We talked about his family’s legacy, WAW UK, Scott Hall being a mentor, and more.
Jess Shanahan is a Motorsport professional, freelance journalist, former Porsche team boss, runs a business as a mentor for Racers, has been the Editor for a Fashion Mag (Boutique), and is an all-round Fashion guru!
Nikki Kennett is a former gymnast and acrobat who has transformed herself into a Snow Queen and a Summertime Mermaid performing inside a living globe, and through doing so has built an exciting business that has amazed adults and children – intrigued?
Shazza McKenzie is an Australian Professional Wrestler who has wrestled internationally for a number of promotions including Pro Wrestling Women’s Alliance, Shimmer and Shine Wrestling in Australia, the United States and Canada. She even got to wrestle her fellow Australian Emma (Tenille Dashwood) in a televised WWE NXT match.
Shazza has held a number of titles worldwide, and talks about her career to date, growing up as a fan in Australia, and gives advice for anyone interested in a career in Wrestling.
Amy is Deputy Editor for Amor magazine, Nutritionist for Make Your Switch and a Freelance Journalist, Amy also blogs and is the creator of #iprefercooking. Amy talks about some of her awesome recipes which are put together for just £1.50.
I sat down with Pete from the92.net to discuss his great concept to help football fans track their away journeys to the 92 league grounds in English football (as well as others abroad). We talk pies, favourite grounds (and least favourite) and more.
Ellie Jackson is an author who has written a series of children’s books about the impact of man made pollution on the environment and the wildlife within it. We talked about how he got started as an author, and some of the important environmental projects she is involved in.
Jimmy is the CEO of Fight On Entertainment, an award winning independent film company in New York. Jimmy talks to me about how he got started, why he loves Disney and James Cameron, and what advice for anyone looking to get into film-making.
Sophie has followed her passion of all things Penguin to create a great business called The Penguin Patrol. Sophie talked to me about her inspiration (a little guy called Pici!), what ambitions she has for the business, and also what sort of Penguin products are available on the site to buy right now.
I spent some time with Scott Woodley, who is the founder of a great startup called Tutora. He is working to revolutionise the tutorial business and make it really easy for you to find a great tutor. We talk business, startup funding and future ambitions.
Richard is an actor currently appearing in Motown the Musical, and has previously appeared in many television and theatre productions. We talked about his inspirations, how he got started in the entertainment industry, and his Top 40 hit!
Sarah is a blogger with over 10k followers across Twitter and Facebook and provides great advice for new bloggers, and insight for people who struggle to find the time to write regularly. Sarah also rocks awesome hair!
Gemma is a culture blogger and journalism graduate, passionate about theatre and breaking down the barriers for anyone to enjoy theatre. Gemma told me about her favourite productions, culture in the North East, and how a giant wheel cured her fear of heights.
Soulla is an author who has a great story herself of how she became an author, and how her life is for living. Soulla has a new book out and also runs Children’s Creative Writing classes, writes poetry, belly dances and bringing up three boys!
Natalie runs the brilliantly named UpYourVlog, a successful lifestyle blog which covers subjects from beauty to books. We had a great chat about how Natalie got started, how she finds freelance work and more!