Have you ever had to fake an orgasm in front of two strangers?
I thought I’d tell you about the time I went to an audition for the Ann Summers, Rampant Rabbit Vibrator. Afterwards, I decided to buy a laptop, move to Mexico and become a writer.
Nobody could say that I don’t know what it is to pursue my fantasies!
Now, talking of fantasies!
So, yes, back in my twenties I turned up for a casting, one morning. My agent had said it was for a commercial and I was so busy thinking about pound signs, that I never thought to ask what it was for…
ALWAYS THINK OF MORE THAN THE MONEY!
When I checked in, the receptionist showed me a glossy image of a lilac vibrator, and that’s when I began to sweat! I tried to give a cool shrug and stand in the way a woman who kept a dildo would stand. I was regretting my outfit of stripy jumper and boyfriend jeans. I looked more Beatrix Potter than Rampant Rabbit.
When I was shown to a box room, with barely enough space for the casting director and cameraman, I wanted to run. The instructions were to sit on the sofa and fake an orgasm that would convey an element of surprise. They wanted women to know the Rampant Rabbit had unexpected results.
The audition had unexpected results too!
Afterwards, I knew that if I didn’t stop thinking about money, and where it was going to come from, and how I would ever earn any, then I was NEVER going to make it. I also knew that if I was going to think of more than the money, I had to focus on my art.
But, what was my art? I knew it wasn’t sitting on a sofa, faking orgasms, and that I didn’t EVER want to make art and feel like I was about to die from embarrassment again.
Being an artist, had to be pleasurable. If you’ll excuse the pun!
In the months after that audition, I discovered what it is to KNOW, IN YOUR CORE, WHAT YOU’RE MEANT TO DO.
Instead of continuing forward in London, working for a TV Production Company and going to auditions, I bought a laptop, and moved to Mexico to write a play.
Like I said, you bloody better know you’re a writer.
When we KNOW, we roll up our sleeves, straddle that sofa and get the god damn job done!
I’m not saying dreams are easy, but I am saying they are a lot easier when we know what they are, and who we are.
I walked away from that audition, TERRIFIED BY MY FAILURE.
I felt MAD, and LOP-SIDED, and CURSED, but I didn’t let that stop me finding my voice as a writer, performer and coach.
That’s how I know I can help others achieve their dreams too – no matter how impossible they feel.
I have an MA in Creative Writing, with Distinction. I’ve been awarded the Royal Society of Literature V S Pritchett Prize. I’m published by Virago alongside writers I worship: Daphne du Maurier, Sarah Waters. I’m an accredited Life Coach and NLP Practitioner. I’ve hosted hundreds of literary events, taught on over a dozen Creative Writing Masters Programs, managed a retreat for writers.
Yet, what I love, more than anything, is making videos with my red typewriter and helping other’s achieve their writing dreams!
As I left that audition, I didn’t think (a decade on) I’d be making a living as a writer, a YouTuber, and a coach; that I would be my own boss, able to travel, create, teach, inspire and connect with amazing people all over the world. My #writenomatterwhat principles include EVERYTHING that enabled me to achieve my dreams. I want you to find the words to tell you story, get your work out there and make the money you want, no matter what!
Let me help you give substance to your vision!
I want for you to realise the power of clarity because without it you will fall short.
It’s not enough to dream of touching your readers with your words, having a cult following, perhaps a little writing shed in the garden, a six-figure book deal or awards.
YOU NEED TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO TO ENABLE THAT TO HAPPEN.
Without new habits of excellence, the brain will simply keep doing what it’s always done, which is why you find yourself engrossed in the same daily routines, wondering why you’re not making progress, or worse, carrying the guilt for letting your writing-time diminish and your full potential always fall short.
“When I first discussed the idea of a block of coaching sessions with Gabriela, there was a pretty big voice in my head saying ‘can you really justify spending several hundred quid on this?’ But I can honestly say that this has been a tremendously valuable experience, which I don’t think I could have achieved in any other way. I’m so glad I listened to the other wee voice inside my head saying, ‘you can do this’. The process of discovering and challenging my engrained thinking patterns, which sideline my ambition and work as a writer, has been a building experience. Like being rebuilt from the inside, making my defences stronger, supporting my ambition and hopes for myself and for what I can achieve. Thanks Gabriela.”
Iain, Psychiatrist and Playwright
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