Claire Richmond's musings on life after findaTVexpert.com, life in general, family stuff, new careers, new interests, writing and boating on the Thames.
May 8, 2016
It's 6'20pm and we're moored up in Fawley Meadow, Henley. We’ve often dreamed of being able to spend a Sunday night on the river and here we are doing just that. Jeremy hasn't got any meetings tomorrrow and nor do I. So other than the aforementioned Catholic guilt there's nothing stopping us.
My Headspace mindfulness sessions are currently on acceptance. I need to think about what thing or person I’m resisting. I think I’m resisting ‘letting go’ and just doing nothing for a while. The urge to have a plan, to start doing some work – any work – is very strong.
Maybe it’s an identity thing. Did my job define me? Did being able to say that I worked in the TV industry give me some sort of kudos? And does the fact that I’m not working in TV now make me boring, dull, etc?
I grew up in Brazil and went to University in the States. I got my big break on the Big Breakfast in 1993 and went on to series produce Changing Rooms, Ready Steady Cook and Don’t Get Done Get Dom for BBC1. I developed, helped launch & headed up digital and mobile TV channels (London TV for Visit London and Today on 3 Live for 3 mobile) and produced shows ranging from Topless Darts to Fate & Fortune for L!VETV. In 2008 I set up findaTVexpert.com, an online database of experts for the media. After eight successful years I decided to close it. I'm now figuring out what to do next and enjoying long weekends with my husband on our barge on the Thames.