Today I'm going to talk about featuring in my first televised commercial, for Andrex toilet paper. Sure it might seem a little strange, talking about the ribbed wavy texture of toilet paper and how it feels good on your bum-hole. But in truth I'm super proud to be involved with this project.
I've grown up watching the Andrex puppies on tv. I've actually always sought out Andrex toilet paper because in my warped mind I feel like I'm supporting the puppies. Maybe I am indirectly.
I've done TV digital commercials before. Some great ones actually for Burton, BMWi and Mazda. But with respect to those brands, they all pale in comparison.
I was quite out of my depth in a way, or at least, very far from my comfort zone. Yes I know it's a little cringey when I remark on the wavy texture, but it was a lot of fun to do. And by the way, we all know how it feels when we visit public toilets that supply desperately inadequate toilet paper right?
Here are a quick 5 ways to find your way out of your comfort zone.
WATCH YES MAN
This film (starring Jim Carrey) was very impressionable for me. I watched the movie, I read the book and downloaded the audio book so I could listen to it on the go. I've since said yes to a crazy amount of things that have opened up so many doors.
WORSE CASE SCENARIO
Imagine what’s the worst case scenario if you do something that will make you feel exposed? Will someone laugh at you? I'm sure a bunch of people will be laughing at me for being in an Andrex commercial but I truly don't care. I loved every minute of that experience. It won't be as bad as you think, it never is.
MAKE YOURSELF A PROMISE
If you have to-do lists make yourself a promise that you'll do it once a day. Even if that's talking to a stranger on the bus. Maybe texting that girl you've always fancied. Standing up to your boss or giving your supervisor some push back. Make it your daily challenge to get out of your comfort zone every day and conditioning yourself. Once you do it will become second nature.
ENROL ON A PUBLIC SPEAKING COURSE
If you're like me then you'd probably rather not be anyone's best man at a wedding for fear of doing a Best Man speech. I've never been one to grab the mic and demand the room come to an instant hush. However, public speaking classes are a fantastic way to learn the craft and speak more confidently in front of people. It's a skill that will serve you well if you're job require you to make presentations or key note speeches. If you're London based you can take a 5 day intensive training course at the College of Public Speaking.
You heard me! Live video and streaming on social channels can be really scary. But it soon becomes second nature and no one expects much from a live video. The algorithms are all gravitating towards live feeds because video is king and people want the information directly, first-hand. So start doing a live video on your Instagram or Facebook. Don't announce it, just do it and gradually you'll start to enjoy being out of your comfort zone.