Entrepreneurs
Introducing John Porter – Beer Sommelier, Journalist, Editor

What is your name? John Porter Briefly sum up who you are and what motivates you. I’m a 57-year-old South Londoner, I enjoy music, theatre, travel and I’m a bit of a sci-fi geek. Married 30-plus years to Ruth, and father of four ‘kids’ in their 20s. If you have a job, what do you do for a living? I’m a journalist, editor, PR, copywriter and general media hack-of-all-trades. After many years writing about the beer and pub industry, a few years ago I decided to qualify as a Beer Sommelier with the Institute of Brewing & Distilling – a process which took about 18 months and a series of exams, as well as practical work with pubs and restaurants to host beer appreciation and beer and food matching events. So, I now also host a range of beer tasting and knowledge session for consumer events, corporate events, staff training etc. How long have you been doing this? Scarily, I started as a local newspaper reporter almost 35 years ago. I’ve been focused on the hospitality sector for about 25 years. What do you find most satisfying about your job? I’m quite proud of being a good journalist and a clear communicator, although I often look at the amount of misinformation and poor communication out there, particularly online, and wonder how much those skills are valued today. Is your work primarily a means to an end ie money or the motivating force of your life? Like many people, the amount of time I spend working is inversely proportionate to the importance I place on it. But the bills have to be paid, and I know that I have a far more interesting and diverse working life than many people. When you were 8, what did you want to be when you grew up? Batman. I became a journalist mainly because writing was something I was good at, and unlike most other subjects, didn’t require a huge amount of study on my part. I’m now far more interested in history, science etc. than I was at school, and wish I’d paid more attention. Did you get there - and if not, are you happy/sad that you didn\'t? I think the crime rate in Gotham City speaks for itself. What is your dream job? Starship Captain. You can find John at his website: http://apieandapint.com/

Entrepreneurs
Introducing Anne Gould – Journalist/Editor

What is your name? Anne Gould Briefly sum up who you are and what motivates you? I am a Suffolk-based journalist who writes, takes pictures and makes videos. I am interested in ideas, adventures, communication, storytelling, big white mountains, spirituality, art, getting up early to watch the sunrise on the beach, hill-walking, fitness, yoga, the environment. I flirt with veganism and am obsessed with all possibilities in the world of tech and communication. If you have a job, what do you do for a living? I run online courses in Video Confident Technology and thanks to the Advantages of Age Business Academy pilot have just launched a membership - Master the Digital Maze - to help older entrepreneurs understand the world of technology, social media, visual storytelling … and PR. How long have you been doing this?  I have been a journalist/editor for 40 years. I have been running Smartphone Video for Business for 5 years and Master the Digital Maze is just out of the box! What do you find most satisfying about your job? I love meeting people - and having interviewed too many celebs ordinary people are usually a lot more interesting. However, I count myself privileged to have interviewed Anthony Horowitz in his Suffolk writing “retreat”, which overlooks the mysterious  Orfordness marvelling how he writes six books concurrently. I also love it when my video students get their videos or their business onto mainstream TV - like BBC, ITN even MTV. Is your work primarily a means to an end ie money or the motivating force of your life? It’s just what I do. I regularly get rapped over the knuckles by business coaches for giving away too much too cheaply or for free. But the long and the short of it is that I have to work, life has dealt me some dud cards. When you were 8, what did you want to be when you grew up? A doctor Did you get there  - and if not, are you happy/sad that you didn’t? It quickly became apparent that maths wasn’t my thing, neither was physics, or chemistry so medicine wasn’t an option. I didn’t fare much better at art (to my great regret). I couldn’t draw and my lessons in art taught me how to dodge the board rubber, flying car keys or whatever the teacher had to hand for those who needed to ask questions. I fell into journalism because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. What is your dream job? Touring the world making travel/wildlife documentaries. Landscape photographer A proper writer. If UK-based, are you glad, indifferent or disappointed that the official pension age is rising?  I am a WASPI woman - don’t talk to me about the Government and pensions.

Entrepreneurs
Introducing Andy Bungay – Composer, Broadcaster, Writer

What is your name? Andy Bungay Briefly sum up who you are and what motivates you I\'m 56 and I guess renegotiating my inner boho for deployment in rapidly changing times! If you have a job, what do you do for a living? With various creative endeavours that sometimes overlapped, I was a support and floating support worker full-time until early 2017. I now do ad-hoc work in the busy field of benefit tribunal representation along with more of the creative stuff. Creatively I am a Composer, Trombonist, occasional singer, broadcaster, and writer. I am about to do some musical direction with an Indie Film Company and am studying Shamanism to add to my range of therapeutic interventions as well as my lifestyle. How long have you been doing this? 20-odd years What do you find most satisfying about your job? Meeting fantastic survivalists, their stories and diversity, and collaboration - making a team and having the freedom to work as the assignment requires. On the support side, this never more needed with clients yet organisationally once-excellent work practice is dying in the face of well-intentioned targets combined with arbitrary budget cuts. Hence my shift to working mostly independently. I think my current main gig, presenting www.mixcloud.com/andy-bungay for Wandsworth Radio is a good opportunity to turn back the tide a bit and I\'m grateful for the freedom I have to welcome eclectic voices and hopefully create a warm yet challenging vibe. Is your work primarily a means to an end ie money or the motivating force of your life? It became the driving force- it started when fellow hostel dwellers - I had escaped a glue-sniffer in psychotic rage in a dodgy property- asked me to help them write letters home and I realised I had a knack for helping them solve problems expressively.  In very different contexts I think that\'s what focused creativity does.  Now, I\'m inspired by the extraordinary people  I interview for the radio show who say and practice this at a higher level having gone their own way. When you were 8, what did you want to be when you grew up? A military bandsman - I was then experimenting blowing into  a watering can courtesy of my Dad Did you get there  - and if not, are you happy/sad that you didn\'t? It was my first job in 1980 and my first university of life.  It got the mojo formally fired up at the required speed. A surprising boho, eclectic environment,  often a hoot and home to some utter geniuses from whom I learned further to my mentors at school and such.  We\'re still in touch today as the current corps depletes. What is your dream job? Several illusions are shattered when you see the political weather and eviscerated culture constraining those who \'make it\'. I think these days it\'s all about work/life balance, which for me is rolling into the radio studio at loopy hours and soon chugging across the river to my houseboat and making mischief.

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