I’m back! I haven’t posted a blog post in what feels like forever, but I’m back and boy have things changed. I don’t want this blog post to be too self-indulgent but if I’m going to write all the posts I have planned I thought it was a good idea to do a little recap as to what’s been going on and where I’m at now.
GRADUATED DRAMA SCHOOL
I guess the first thing to mention is that I graduated. At the end of July, I officially became the owner of a BA in Acting from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Three years of training, a group of new friends and a Harry later and I was done and ready to become an ‘adult’. I signed with an agency after my third-year showcase and started the auditioning process. Talking about being in Actor could very easily be a blog post all in its self so I’m going to save the details for another day but yes… BA Acting, Agent, free woman.
MOVED TO LONDON
I have always known that after Drama School I wanted to move to London, it was just the timing I wasn’t sure about. As we all know, London is bloody expensive and being a full-time Drama student I didn’t work through uni, except for blogging and running the odd audition day. I had ummed & ahhed over what I was going to do when I left and to be honest I never really came to a firm decision. I had plans to go back to Sheffield and live at home to save up some money but before I knew it I was on a train to look at flats in London with my bestie Nicole, and the same very day we started our search we found the perfect flat and our offer got accepted that afternoon. So yeah, I’m currently sat writing this in the bedroom I share with my boyfriend in our two bedroom flat we share with our two best friends, Riley and Nicole and I’m loving every second of it.
WORKING AS A FULL-TIME PHOTOGRAPHER
Whilst I was in my final term of the third year of drama school I was a bit bored. We weren’t in classes much and we had finished all our shows. So I decided to start taking photos. I mean I’ve always taken photos, I take product photos and photos for fellow bloggers and have done for years but I never saw it as anything more than filling a gap on my Instagram feed or helping out a friend. I was feeling pretty uninspired by photos of myself and much prefer being on the other side of the camera. I considered sharing the photos I was taking on my Instagram, but thought it might cause confusion if I suddenly just started posting pictures of other people on my personal/ blog feed so I decided to set up a separate account @alexgracejonesphotos. I posted 6 pictures a day for about 2 weeks, I had no followers and it was just a great way to share photos I was creating that wasn’t for a brand or a campaign shoot. Now, 5 months, 125 posts later and I am working as a full-time photographer. I still do blogging and acting but I mean financially photography is what pays for my rent, bills, food etc. It wasn’t something I ever planned on happening but I feel so so lucky that I get to do something I love too much every day and it just shows if you set your mind to something, whatever it may be you can make it happen.
Thanks for reading, I’m so excited to be back! Lot’s of posts planned for the next few weeks so make sure you’ve signed up on the home page to be notified when new posts go live if you don’t want to miss them.