You must be pretty happy to be making a living the way you do. It looks fun. If you could give one piece of advice to anyone who’s tossing up whether to pursue a less desirable, more realistic career path, or take the gamble of chasing their dreams, what would it be?
Life is too short to be unhappy, so why create an environment that does not satisfy you? When you are young you have the ability to dream big. When you are older it is harder, and then your children come. We all have a choice. When I was 23 my mantra was this: Why someone else and not me?
Are there any particular choices you’ve made, or risks you’ve taken that in hindesite have ended up being a huge help in the success you’ve had?
The best choice I ever took was to be brave. Being brave is about doing things when you’re afraid. Failure can be a huge benefit. It can also lead to great success. As the man said: Fail, fail again, fail better. Then you can start to realise that the battle you were fighting, was not with the world, it was with yourself.
I also like this saying: Love life, love yourself, work hard and the universe will do the rest. You are good enough.
Anything new and up and coming to look forward to?
I’m still resident poet at BBC6 music every Friday at 9.55am with Shaun Keaveny, and I’ve also been writing a new play The incomers which goes on tour this spring . Other than that though, I’m just hoping to find time to enter my old Merc into the St. Buryan Vintage Motor Rally. Hey, sometimes you have to dream a little.
Thanks Murray. Good luck with it all. With any luck we’ll catch you at one of your shows!