Traumatised by this? You should be. After almost 30 years of dressing up as hundreds and hundreds of characters I have never done Frank N Furter - until now. Achieving this look is no mean feat for a man of my stature - corset and shoes had to be ordered from overseas for the occasion but it was certainly worth it. The client was Insurance AdviserNet. I've done quite a few jobs for the New Zealand part of the business, but this was my first outing for the Australians. And it
Another year, another trip to Australia to work with Cleverfool and one of Patrick’s big clients Ford Australia. This time we headed for the Gold Coast to help out with a gathering of their Parts Managers. Working with Cleverfool always means lots of characters, which I love. This visit was no exception. I got to be David Hasselhoff in full “Baywatch” mode, alongside a security guard and a royal aide. This year we also managed to add some improvisation training into the mix.
Its not often I get flown to Australia for one evening's entertainment and its not often that I get to play 3 quite elaborate characters in one evening. But thanks to Patrick at Cleverfool I got to do both. The setting was a Christmas party for Victorian car dealers and I became a renaissance artist, fashion designer and opera singer all in the same evening. Each of the characters had a a different mission: The artist, Giovanni Panini, mingled amongst the guests sketching the
For 9 days at the end of March I headed off to Tasmania with Cleverfool Creative for another Ford Australia incentive. Usually with we get these guys we have a big group but this time the group was split in half with one group arriving on the ferry in Devonport and driving down to Hobart where they flew out and the other group doing the trip in reverse. This meant, that with a few changes, we did the same programme twice which necessitated 28 character changes over 9 days! Un
Having just completed a conference for Beds R Us NZ in Australia Thom McGrath and I then did exactly the opposite. We joined Beds R Us Australia for their conference in Auckland! Its cool doing different branches of the same company because although there are many aspects that are different there is also a common language and previous experience helps with that. With the Beds R Us crowd there's a little bit of added pressure - some Aussies are invited to the NZ conference and
One of the great thing about doing a conference for a bed company is that you get to test the beds! That's one of the things that Thom McGrath and I got up to when we worked with Beds R Us New Zealand to MC their conference on the Gold Coast. Unlike other similar conferences we played the same characters the entire time but we did something a little different with them for this conference. The organisers wanted us to help support their message of growth and development that t
June saw me off to Australia once again with Patrick Duffy and Cleverfool Creative. And we were working again with Patrick's clients Organisation Unlimited and Ford. These are folks who know how to reward achievers. This time it was the top sales people and service consultants in Australia and they were whisked into outback NSW for 5 days of blatting around in brand new Ford Rangers. This was the second time we'd done this particular job so it was nice turning up to all the o
Every once in a while I get a call from my mate Patrick Duffy of Cleverfool Creative to go and work with him. The thing about Patrick's gigs are they always involve a whole lot of characters and a bit of time in Australia. This time was no exception - off we went to work with a bunch of Ford Australia's top sales and service managers in Port Douglas, North Queensland. We got to do plenty of fun things - including snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef - but the most satisfying