How do you reinvent yourself and your business during a pandemic?

So many of us have had to deal with uncertainty and challenge in our businesses over the past 12+ months, figuring out how to reinvent ourselves, pivot to keep serving our customers and clients while responding to everything that’s going on around us… if that resonates with you, you are definitely not alone!

In fact, my guest on The Ideal Life Club podcast today had precisely those challenges. Helena Mitchell is an actor and voice-over artist who was performing in the live UK tour of Milkshake! Children’s TV show Monkey’s Musical when lockdown hit. She lost a year of income in a single day due to the pandemic.

In our chat today you’ll hear how Helena had to reinvent herself and her business, pivoting multiple times to replace that income, the challenges she overcame and how she now teaches business owners the key vocal techniques they need to run their businesses using Zoom.


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Michelle (00:00):
You're listening to the ideal life club podcast, episode 70 from pandemic isolation, to reinvention with actor and voiceover artist Helena Mitchell.

Voiceover (00:13):
Welcome to the ideal life club podcast, where it's all about. Fast-Tracking your ideal business and life with more clarity, courage, and consistency. Join your host business coach and author of the happiness habits, transformation, Michelle Reeves for inspiration interviews and practical tips to finally claim success on your terms. [inaudible]

Michelle (00:39):
Michelle here and welcome back to the ideal life club podcast. As I'm sitting here recording this episode, we are still in the throws of the COVID-19 pandemic. So many of us have had to deal with uncertainty and challenge in our businesses, figuring out how to pivot, to keep serving our customers and clients while responding to everything that's going on around us. If that resonates with you, you are definitely not alone. In fact, my guest on the show today had exactly those challenges. Helen emitter is an actor and voiceover artist who is performing in the live UK tour of milkshake. Children's TV show monkeys musical. When lockdown hit, she lost a year of income in a single day due to the pandemic in our chat today, you'll hear how Helena had to pivot multiple times to replace that income, the challenges she overcame and how she now teaches business owners, the key vocal techniques, they need to run their businesses using Zim, and as always you'll find all the links and details of today's show and all the other shows in this series at Michelle Reeves, forward slash listen.

Michelle (01:56):
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Helena (03:20):
Thank you so much for having me I'm I am just as excited.

Michelle (03:24):
I love that. So people will know you as actor from stage and screen, and now, you know, things have changed a lot for you since the pandemic hits, but let's start off, you know, just give people a little bit of a rundown if they're maybe not so familiar with your name, tell us a bit about you and kind of how you got started.

Helena (03:48):
Yeah, so I did the typical route. I was obsessed with drama at school and was part of every single musical theater club going. I was that I was that kid that was obsessed with music and musicals and all of that. So then I I went off to drama school when I was 18 and I went to drama school in Guilford and I studied three years in musical theater and I graduated back in 2017 now. Wow. That's a long time ago, 2017. And since then have been doing lots of UK tours, especially with CBBs our milkshake live, which quite a few people might, might have heard the names of, they are quite famous sort of in the UK as a kid's TV channel programs. So yeah, so I was kind of touring the country with them and doing lots of Oh, on screen things, some commercials. I ended up getting into comedy quite early and started doing a lot of comedy improv and stand-up comedy. And as a result, I started doing hidden camera pranks for people like river Island pizza express and Frank Frank and Benny's and all of that sort of thing. So yeah, a very varied career.

Michelle (05:08):
It's amazing. And, and it's, it's very interesting how and, and sad actually you know, how badly the, you know, the creative industries and particularly, you know, stage and film and TV have been impacted by the pandemic as we're recording this, you know, we are still, you know, in the full throes of COVID-19 and you know, I don't think we're, we're kind of getting used to it. I think we're, we're having to deal with this new normal, but certainly for your industry, the impact must have been incredible.

Helena (05:46):
Oh yeah. I mean, I was on tour when I found out about lockdown and then I was going to be cause we kind of went off with milkshake. We were going off to sort of two, three, four weeks a time and then coming back for maybe a couple of days and then off again. So I basically lived out of a suitcase going from primary end to primary and, and it genuinely got to the point where I was, I woke up one morning and because all the premier in rooms look the same, I was suddenly like, Oh, where in the country am I am my parents rung me just to kind of have a chat? And they said, where are you? And I genuinely had to get up Google maps to try and figure out where I was, because I just couldn't, I couldn't remember. We were just doing one show in one place and then driving straight away to the next show. So it was every day we were moving and and then, yeah, I, I then was inside for 14 weeks cause I'm highly vulnerable. So I went from touring around the country to literally the next day being locked inside for 14 weeks. So it was a, it was quite dramatic

Michelle (06:46):
And it isn't, I, you know, I had exactly the same experience similarly in the clinically vulnerable grief now for me, you know, not a huge amount is my, in my business changed because I can continue working with my clients and running my courses, et cetera. But for you, this must have been a massive impact because I'm guessing that while you're not working, you're not being paid.

Helena (07:10):
Yeah, exactly. So we were all freelance. So it wasn't a case of we went on furlough or anything like that. We were all freelance. So it literally was just a case of I'm sorry, we can't put the shows on, you're not going to get paid. And we'd only really just started the tour for this year. Well, last year now. And it was meant to go on all the way through until November and all of a sudden my diary was very, very clear. But yeah, I'm not the kind of person to ever kind of, I mean, yes, don't get me wrong. I did panic slightly. I think everyone did, but I'm not the kind of person to kind of just sit back and go, right. Well, I'm just going to sit and wait for all of this to blow over. I'm very sort of proactive and quite positive in a way.

Helena (07:55):
And, and I'm very kind of grateful for that because I am still quite young. So you know, I've got, I've got a lot of wisdom on my, on my, my little shoulders. But yeah, so I, I just kind of kept pushing into everything and I was thinking, right, what can I do? So I did a degree in theater, which during lockdown got a first class honors in that. And then I started just training more. I was already a voiceover artist. I'd been a voiceover artist professionally for about two, three years. But I was kind of running it alongside the, the theater staff and that, and the acting stuff. So naturally I just kind of went full pout into that because I could, and I didn't really have a choice. I couldn't go stack shelves or anything like that in Tesco.

Helena (08:40):
So yeah, I went full power into that. Did lots of more training really updated my website. I actually came up with another idea as well because I had so much experience in the kids' industry and I love fitness. I came up with in the first lockdown nearly a year ago, I came up with a, a lovely little lovely little fitness thing for kids called smell in his workouts. And it was basically online interactive, 10, 15 minutes workout for kids, but it wasn't, you know, it wasn't like, Oh, we're going to do 10 star jumps. Now. It was like, Oh, the aliens chasing us. We need to run away, make sure your knees are nice and high. And, and I also, I just was passionate about getting kids, creative, getting kids active during that time. And yeah, so I started doing that during my lockdown as well and found myself being very, very busy and was struggling to kind of understand how everyone else was chilling out so much because I found myself overloaded with work in a good way. So yeah, yeah, it wasn't necessarily all paid work, but it definitely kept me active.

Michelle (09:48):
And I think there's, there's something really special about that ability to be able to, to pivot and to just have a go at doing something. And I know there's so many people that I've talked to that, that, that really have struggled with that. You know, there may be their business it's been offline and, you know, they, they're not really feeling like they can, can take the plunge to do something, something new. Obviously I'm guessing, you know, your, your kind of acting background, you know, was, was really helpful in terms of doing video, et cetera, and, and allowing you to feel kind of confident in front of the screen, but what were some of the, you know, difficulties and challenges that you had around this time about this kind of pivoting? Because, you know, obviously you've gone from having, you know, a regular income to having no money having to pivot Triny things. I'm guessing there was still quite a lot of, you know, resistance to that. And mostly that was coming. How did you overcome?

Helena (10:51):
Yeah, it was so tough. Don't get me wrong. I'm talking about it, you know, from a year a year, Ron. So obviously it's going to see more positive and happy and lovely, but I have my dark days and there were days when I was just like, Ugh, I cannot be bothered with this. Or what on earth am I doing? What is the point? And I think that's something that a lot of the listeners might be able to relate to. We all have that inner critic and there's always that inner critic just sat on the shoulder going. Yeah. But you're not really that good. Are you? Or yeah. But look, how many other people are doing it so much better or, Oh, but you've only got, you know, you're only 25. You haven't got that much experience who is going to listen to you, that sort of thing.

Helena (11:34):
And it's constant and it's exhausting, especially when you don't have the distractions of day-to-day life that we did pre lockdown and pre coronavirus. We don't have those distractions. So our inner critic kind of gets a lot louder and honestly the best way. I mean, I'm incredibly stubborn. So the way that I did it, I just put my head down and I just kept going. And I like to think of it as you know, the bit in Alice, in Wonderland when she shrinks. And she becomes really, really small. I, I like to imagine it as I've shrunk down and there was this kind of spotlight in the middle and I was stood in that spotlight. And then all around me in a big circle was just so many doors and they all looked exactly the same. And I just thought, right, these are all the doors of opportunity that I have because we all have a number of doors around us.

Helena (12:25):
Sometimes we just can't see it because there's so much clutter in the way to our vision of the doors, but everyone has a circle of opportunity around them. And I just thought, right, I don't, I don't know, have a logical way of going through these opportunities or going through these doors. And, and a lot of these opportunities I won't even know about until I've opened a few of the doors, if that makes sense. So I just thought, okay, I'm just going to start at this door and work my way round. And I just kind of went through opening each door. And if it, if it didn't look good behind the door, I would just shut it, go to the next door, open it, shut it, go to the next door. But I always knew. And the thing that kind of kept me going was everything happens for a reason.

Helena (13:09):
I am a very, very firm believer of that. So I mean, as you can probably imagine in the acting industry and in voiceover, I get rejected daily, daily. I will do maybe 15 to 20 auditions a day and I'll maybe hear back twice a month. So the amount wow. Actions that I get. So I think that actually in a sense that has really built me up, but the thing that I really, really stick to it, cause I could very easily get, you know, I could let my inner critic come out and go, Oh, you're not, you're not getting responses for money of these auditions. Oh, you're, you're not good enough. [inaudible] And it's like, no, sorry. You're not allowed to live in my head. Rent-Free get out. Bye, bye don't need you. And I like to always just say to myself, okay, well, the reason why I didn't get that job, or the reason why that opportunity wasn't great for me or didn't work out was because of two things.

Helena (14:08):
One I needed to start that opportunity in order to learn something about myself or to learn something about my craft in order to improve, to end up getting the opportunity that is going to be much better for me or two, if I taken that opportunity or taken that job, then this next job, the next opportunity, which is much better and much more suited to me that I was not aware of. I wouldn't have been able to do, or I wouldn't have even had access to because I would have been busy in that other opportunity. Does that make sense? I sometimes waffle on, so I'm not sure if that makes any sense.

Speaker 4 (14:44):
That makes total sense. And, Oh my goodness. I just want to get back and just unpack a couple things

Michelle (14:52):
You said there because I was scribbling so furious.

Helena (14:57):

Michelle (14:58):
Love them so much. I'm a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland, one of my favorite books. And I love that kind of idea of the doors of opportunity that we all have open to us. And I think anybody listening to this, regardless of what industry you're in, you know, we, we do have so many opportunities that come along and making choices about which ones to go for can be hard and overwhelming because you can end up going, you know, for 50 million different things. But yes, I love the idea that you have this circle of opportunity and the, and that you do have that choice. And I think at the moment, a lot of people feel like their choices have been taken away from them. Just to kind of remember that there are always choices out there. We can, you know, it's about us, you know, just putting feelers out and thinking about all the things we might be able to do. But then I also, goodness me just to hear, you know, 15 to 20 auditions a day and then hearing back only twice a month, I am never going to complain about again, because that must be something, I mean, do they prepare you for that when you're at drama school?

Helena (16:05):
Oh yeah. Drama school is not fun. Everyone thinks it's fun. It's not, it's absolute savagery. It is Savage. Like the girls are compared to all the other girls. It is vicious. Like the amount of women that come out of drama school with mental health issues is ridiculous. Like they don't talk about it. They don't talk about it, but it's true because you're told to compete against your friends. And, and I can't remember who it was. Oh yes. A lovely my favorite improviser American improvised teacher called Scott Parkin. He always says, Oh, I love the fact that I get to compete with my best friends, for food and shelter. I think it's so true. Everyone in the creative industry, you're competing with your friends and your best mates for food and shelter when it's so true. And it's a shame because,

Michelle (17:00):
Oh my God, you know, one of the things that I talk about and that, you know, a lot of us talk about a lot of coaches talk about particularly in the online space is CRA creating a niche for yourself and a positioning for yourself where you are not competing with 50 million other people. Because the whole thing is that when you're running a business, you know, it is it's unique to you and everyone's got their own uniqueness. But, but, but I think what your did, that kind of whole idea of resilience is still something that, regardless of that, it's still a skillset that, you know, it's a great tool to put in your toolbox because it doesn't,

Helena (17:41):
No, I did law. I have lied a lot to get here.

Michelle (17:45):
I think all of us as business owners are going to be rejected. Yeah. And I love your two ways of thinking about it. I'm just going to recap those. And by the way, I love the idea of, you know, it's not allowed to live rent free in our heads.

Helena (17:59):
I like to always think of it as as like we, we drive our own cars, I lose, I use this metaphor a lot. We drive our own cars, right? So we're all in control of our own paths and our own cars that we drive. Now, they're all going to be occasionally some unwanted passengers, such as anxiety, self doubt inner critics trolls on the internet, people that nap your ideas for business, and then screw you over all of that sort of thing. They're going to just come and take the passenger seat. Now it might not have been welcomed, or you might not have realized that you pick them up. They might've snuck into the car. But the thing that you need to remember is not to ignore them and just kick them right out, acknowledge it. And I think this is the thing that has really made me who I am today with all of my house conditions that I've had to go through. And all of that is acknowledge them, say that they're sat in the passenger seat, but that's why they stay. They are not allowed to come across and start driving your car. You are in control of your car. They are merely a passenger. And when you are done acknowledging them, you kick them out because you're in control. And that's the thing that I really live by.

Michelle (19:18):
I absolutely love that. That is the best way I've heard of describing those limiting thoughts and beliefs that hold us back in such a long time. I am totally stealing that. No, I will, of course credit you for it, but it's such a lovely way to describe it, you know, because we, and we quite often forget that we're, you know, how much control we have, but I think also just to go back those two, those two great ways of thinking about you know, when rejection happens or when stuff doesn't go the way you wanted, when you put up a sales page and nobody clicks through, when you try and launch a product and nobody buys it, or you do a Facebook live and nobody watches all those things, you know, the two the two ideas that you had, you know, number one that you needed to do, that thing you needed to learn from it. So that's something that you needed to learn. And that second one that if you hadn't done that, then there's something out there that's waiting for you that wouldn't have happened if you hadn't taken that opportunity. And at least given it a go, I absolutely adore that really, really great tips there. Let's talk about kind of what you know, what's happening now. So we, we probably people probably listening might have a little inkling of, I recognize that voice because you have done some pretty famous voiceovers, haven't you? Huh?

Helena (20:41):
Yes. Probably the most famous one that people might have heard me from is Veet the voice of V the TV advert. It's still actually on now as well. It haunts me, I hear it everywhere. I actually haunted my housemates that I was living with. Whenever I went on tour, they would text me going, Oh, we thought we'd got rid of you, but we just hear you every time we turn on the TV.

Michelle (21:12):
And do you, you said that, that, you know, B you know, there must be so many things you have to be aware of as you know, you know, as a, as a, a voiceover artist as well, in terms of kind of your health and your voice. I mean, I'm just even just in the podcast, I'm having to have a little drink of water here because, you know, I've only been talking for about 20 minutes, but I guess when you're acting or using your voice a lot, but when you're a voiceover coach, there's nothing else, you know, people don't get distracted by your body movements or your face or anything. So it really is purely your voice. Are there any particular kind of strategies do you Pat to learn? I'm guessing that there's kind of quite a lot that you've had to learn, enable to, to kind of keep your voice healthy.

Helena (21:58):
Oh yeah. So I mean, the first things first just to clarify, because this is something that really bugs me is a lot of people think that anyone can just be a voiceover artist and granted anyone can learn to be a voiceover artist, but it's not just as simple as standing up in front of a mic and reading reading a bit of text. There is so much more to that. There is sound acoustics, Mike positioning, mouth techniques, exercises diet. You have to think about your diet because weird fact tea, you go, if you want to stop mouse clicks, which are the kind of sorry to get all graphic, but the saliva sounds in your mouth green apples. Don't ask me why, but there's something in green apples that help with that. So diet as probably a lot of people know, dairy is not great for you.

Helena (22:50):
It produces a lot of phlegm. I'm not saying cut it out. I still have a bit of dairy every now and then, but if I'm going to go record, I don't down a pint of milk before I do it. You know, things like that. And then, and then there's also the editing side of things, knowing how to edit it, knowing your voice, knowing what effects to put on it that still make it some natural, but just boost it a little bit. Then there's the whole marketing and the networking and the talking to clients and finding new clients. And it is honestly, it's, it's not as easy as people think. People think that, you know, everyone can just make it as a voiceover artist, but you have to be really resilient and stuff. And it goes the same for acting. And, and like you very rightly said acting, you've got, it's all just storytellers.

Helena (23:34):
That's all we are. Everyone in every business is a storyteller. We tell the story of our product. We tell the story of our business or our service and not used as our voice. And I think a lot of people don't realize the amount of pressure and reliance that we have on our voices. And I think a lot of people take it for granted and they don't realize that best employee is that voice. And I'm sure that there's a lot of people who have employees or have had employees and would invest a lot in to those people. They would send them off to training things or, or, or give them holidays or whatever it is, you know, they would invest in their employees, but they don't invest in their best employee, which is that voice. Cause without your voice, no matter what industry you're in, no matter what product or service you're selling, you won't be able to do it.

Helena (24:30):
Yes. We've still got emails and we've still got tags, but that's not as effective as talking to someone because ultimately again, another favorite saying of mine, people buy people, not businesses. So basically what that means is you could get to the point and I'm sure that if everyone listening right now thinks of one or two people who it doesn't matter what they sold or what, or what they provided, they would still recommend them and want to help them or purchase their products because they like them as a person. And it, and that's why you want to get to in business. You want to be so liked by people and you want to be so genuine. And, and this is where I really encourage my clients to kind of bring their personality out in their voice. You want to be so relaxed and so genuine that you make the other person, you make your audience relaxed and you can only do that if you're relaxed yourself within your voice. So yeah, there's lots of, kind of vocal health tips. There's lots of a lot of things that people don't think about is the room acoustics that they're sat in. Also the kind of positioning that they are when they're on zoom or something like that. There's lots of things to think about.

Michelle (25:45):
And that's just fascinating. And I, and I tell you why it's, it's so interesting to me is, you know, even over the last year we have seen

Helena (25:58):

Michelle (25:58):
And in the algorithms for social media to prioritize video, so video is prioritized over every other social media format and we've got the rise of all kinds of things coming up. You know, there's, there's new platforms starting even. I mean, the most, you know, the second biggest search engine in the world is YouTube, which is video. You know, if you want to be promoting your business, you kind of have to be out there on video or using your voice, you know, podcasting also on the rise massively on the rise I have to say. And, but still kind of an, an underused platform. I think, I think it's a great platform to grab people. You know, when they're doing other things and to listen kind of socially, if you like. But again, all these things require our voice. So tell us a little bit about how you've taken your knowledge from through, and it's great. I love that through line of storytelling from, you know, acting and then, you know, even through the workouts, even through this smelling as workouts, you know, story there, and then obviously through, into your voiceover work. Tell, tell us a bit about how you're now using those skills to help other people.

Helena (27:19):
Yeah, so I, I love to help other people and basically because of some house conditions that I had about three years ago, I ended up losing my voice completely like no sound, no sound whatsoever, nothing was coming up. And I ended up having to have vocal surgery at the tender age of 21 which was not ideal. And it was pretty devastating to me because I had been training in voice. So I started off training an opera at the age of six then went on to drama. And so I had a lot of vocal training from a very young age and I suddenly just I've sat there thinking, what am I going to do? Because they told me that there was a 90% chance that I wouldn't be able to speak again at all. And after three months, just three months, I managed to get my voice back completely.

Helena (28:12):
And I managed to kind of a stone doctors and it w it's muscle memory. So I had done so much vocal training that my voice was strong enough, the muscles and the muscle memory was strong enough to be able to work on it. Now, it wasn't a case of after three months, I just spoke. I did have to work really, really hard, but I managed to get it back. And ever since then, that's when like the light bulb kind of went off in my head because I was incredibly fair. I was very healthy. I didn't smoke, I didn't drink all of that sort of stuff. And yet it's still happened to me. And that's when I kind of started this passion for, for, I don't want other people to be in that position because I was very fortunate that I had all of that vocal training and that background knowledge to be able to get myself out of that situation.

Helena (29:03):
But there's so many people on this planet and in the UK that wouldn't have been able to get themselves out of that situation. And I don't want that to happen. So I ever since I started networking, I just really realized that a lot of people were clearing their throat or they were struggling to talk because they'd been talking all day or it sounded really hoarse, or even it just sounded a little bit flat. I'm sure we can, all, we can all think of one or two people who, for whatever reason, it doesn't matter how interesting their business is. We just can't engage with it because of their voice. We just can't engage with it and vocal tone. So that's where I kind of thought, hang on. I can really help people never be in that situation where they lose their voice. I'm really passionate about helping people get up, get, get their business, thriving, get out of lockdown and skyrocket, not just crawl out of lockdown, sky, rock out of lockdown and, and out of this whole pandemic situation I want businesses to do well.

Helena (30:05):
So if I can help by providing them with vocal tips, vocal health tips zoom tips, presentation, tips on how to make sure that even if they have a cold, they can still keep talking in a healthy way, then I'm going to do it. So that's kind of where the vocal coaching came in and I started helping people. And then I, I ultimately had so many people so many clients on my books that I decided to not only offer the one-to-one coaching, but the vocal course as well. So yeah, that's kind of where that came from. And it actually, the idea for the vocal course came from a lovely guy called Tom Elliott who is the head founder of focus, creative which is a lovely, a lovely, amazing group that meets weekly. And we were trying to think about recoverable revenue and recover income because that's one of the things that he talks about. And he just suddenly gave me the idea. He said, Oh, you know, instead of doing one-to-one coaching for 20 clients a week, why don't you do one-to-one coaching for 10 clients a week and then run a vocal course that provides everyone with the basic knowledge and understanding to be tips, to be able to safely continue networking and, and zooming. So, yeah, that's where it all stemmed from. Thanks to Tom.

Michelle (31:29):
It's such a great, I love that. I love the you know, you decided to kind of, again, pivot again, there's so much pivoting in your story. It's really inspiring. And I think, you know, I completely agree with Tom, you know, having, so having different lines of, of income, different income streams is, is so, so important right now. And, and, and it's, it's, I think the people that, that we've seen thrive during this time are people that have been able to you know, maybe dial down one income stream that they haven't been able to use because of whatever reason, you know, there maybe they had workshops or, you know, physical elements to their business classes, or what have you. And they've been able to dial that down while at the same time, dialing up an online element or something that is more of a passive income or something that people can do, because it's those different income streams that allow us to flatten that, you know, that curve that we get when, when things like this here.

Michelle (32:35):
So really, really great advice from him there and us a bit about how we can kind of find out more about your coaching course, cause I'm sure people listening to this, like, okay, that sounds fabulous. I've got a zoom presentation I've got to do coming up or presentation I've got to do at work or, you know, or I'm hoping that by the end of the year, I'm going to be on stage again, presenting or even I'm thinking about starting a podcast or do more video for my business. How can they kind of find out how to work with you Helena,

Helena (33:05):
If they just want to kind of reach out to me and get in touch. I always have my emails open. I always have my Instagram open. So Instagram or emails, or even just phone number as well. I'm always open for a chat with anyone. And I, I always say that it's really important that before I work with anyone or before they joined my course that it's always a good idea for me to kind of really get to know them. And, and there's some people who will benefit more from the course and there's some people who will benefit more from the one-to-one coaching. We all could do with, with you know, knowing a, a basic understanding of vocal health and vocal tips, just, just for general life ready, just to kind of really make sure that we keep ourselves going, especially with all the emotional stuff that's happened over the last year that can really affect your voice.

Helena (33:58):
So it's about learning how to deal with that and, and the voice doesn't suffer as a result. So yeah, if people just want to get in touch with me about that, then we can have a half hour consultation and, and I can kind of offer my advice and guidance, but I also want to say as well, just in case that is anyone listening to this podcast going, Oh, well, this is all very well, but like, she's, she's got so much going for her or she's got so many ideas and I just don't have any ideas. I can't, I can't come up with anything. Or I don't really know what I could do business wise, or I don't know how I could pivot or adjust my business. Then first of all, stop, stop talking to yourself like that because everyone, everyone has a right to be on this planet and everyone has a reason.

Helena (34:48):
And, and if we actually think about how the planet works and how the world works, we need so many different things. All we focus on other big things like accountants or celebrities, or, you know, all these big labels, but what we don't think about, or all the little tiny jobs that need to happen, the cogs that need to be there in order for the world to keep turning. And, and you just don't know you might be that. So one of my biggest tips would be to just sit down and write out, just honestly, just brain dump onto a piece of paper, all the things that you are good at, or the things that you love doing, or the things that other people have said to you, you know, if, if they were, if they'd just want to met someone in the street and they didn't know how to describe you to someone, all of that sort of thing how do other people see you?

Helena (35:39):
And then just have a little look at it and, and go away for 10 minutes, come back, see it with a fresh pair of eyes and you will be able to find different things. If anyone wants to chat to me about that, I I've got myself a bit of a name within the focus creative community group, which I spoke about earlier with Tom Elliot of being a little bit of an idea generator. I like to throw loads of ideas out to all the different creatives on there. So yeah, if anyone wants to come, come along to focus creative and check it out, then you're always welcome, but it, it's a nice little fun space where we can just Chuck ideas out at each other, but you can do it and you will do it. You just sometimes need to take a little step back and just reassess what you, what you are good at

Michelle (36:25):
Wise wise words from Helena friends, listening to this, if you have been struggling and, you know, you may be thinking, I'm just, I've got, I really should pivot, but I don't know where to get started. And then, and I'm just not good enough, which is that I hear so much from people. Please listen to Helen as words because the queen of [inaudible] is on the show. And if she can do it, then I know we all can do it. And I will, of course put all of Helena's details in English too. So there'll be at Macquarie's forward slash listen as always. And you can listen to replays of all of the shows there as well as it also being on iTunes, Podbean, Spotify, wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts, of course, Helena, it has been an absolute pleasure having you on the show today. I've thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it. Next time I watch V advert, I'm going to be thinking of you. Thank you so much.

Helena (37:25):
There's there's one final quote that I just want to leave everyone on the, I I'm going to be using this year to kind of keep me motivated. And it's, it says you can't build a reputation on what you're going to do and it's by Henry Ford. And I just wanted to leave you with that.

Michelle (37:41):
I adore that that's going to go on the wall for this week as an affirmation. Brilliant. Thank you so much, Helena. Thank you.

Michelle (37:55):
There, you have it. My interview with actor Helena Mitchell, I could literally have chatted with Helena for hours. I just love how she honors the importance of mental health while not letting any of the obstacles in her way, hold her back so inspiring. And as I mentioned earlier, you'll find all the links to connect with Helena in the show notes at Sherry's forward slash listen, and Hey, if you did enjoy this episode, would you do me a favor? Would you head over to iTunes and leave me a comment and review it really does mean that more amazing people will be able to find the show. Okay. That's it for me today. Thanks so much as always for tuning in. I know your time is valuable and I really appreciate you taking the time to join me today. I would love you to continue the conversation with me in the ideal life club, Facebook group, a supportive group, or I've created on Facebook for ambitious women who want to grow themselves as well as their businesses. Find out more and join us at In the meantime until next time, be positive, be powerful, be productive, stay safe and keep fast-tracking your ideal business and life. Bye for now.

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