Today’s 7 Questions is with the multi-talented Alicia Rose. She has had multiple careers, from yoga teacher to life coach, and her most recent endeavour sees her narrating audio books, including Badger’s vampire adventure!
1. You have had a diverse career, what would you say your favourite job has been?
I have to say that my favourite job so far has been that of ‘Press Photographer’ when I was 21 until the age of about 25 I held a Press Pass and got to photograph some of the biggest names in showbiz and the music scene in the early 90’s … I was present at the opening of Planet Hollywood in Leicester Square which was such a buzz – the three big boys, Arnie, Bruce and Stallone and their Hollywood mates. I was at The Prince’s Trust ‘Party in the Park’ for two years running, up there in the press pit photographing the likes of Elton John, David Gray, Destiny’s Child, Luther Vandross, Tom Jones (I even threw a pair of knickers at him and nearly got myself thrown out!) …. I photographed Alexander O’Neal and Dina Carroll, Madness, Jamiroquai and so many others and have fantastic memories of it all. I got to go on weekenders with the Police, Fire and Ambulance teams including Underwater Police on the Thames, Riot Police Training, 24 hour casualty and then all sorts of Community Events and Fundraisers and Local News and Reviews. It was a busy, exciting and fun time in life.
2. What is it about a vampire series that particularly appealed to you?
I’m more than half way through my life and to date haven’t really had much of an interest in Vampires at all, but somehow, reading your small script that was to be part of the audition I submitted, tweaked my curiosity and I really liked the fact there seemed to be an undercurrent swirling around the characters, a darkness which intrigued me, perhaps this is my doorway into a new realm and the start of a Vamp attraction.
3. What is one invaluable piece of life coaching advice that you would give to anyone?
A vital piece of coaching advice I would give anyone is to have Courage. To make a firm and true commitment to yourself that you are going to succeed through all life’s obstacles and challenges by having a courageous and continual perseverance. To understand you can summon strength and create optimism by being self-aware, appreciating your limits; accepting them and in turn drawing wisdom and inspiration from them. Your reactions to life’s challenges can then have freewill to change and with self-empowerment you can emerge triumphant in all future actions resulting in a positive outcome.
4. Where do you stand on the topic of pet couture?
Pet Couture – okay, this is unique and I’m on the fence here in the sense that I personally wouldn’t want to dress my pet dog, pig, horse up because I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to nature and the animal kingdom. However, I do understand the couture part of it can be an extension of the owner’s personality. For instance, I have a showbiz friend who loves dressing up and thus he dresses his dog in the most amazing outfits too, and his dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel loves it, you can see his love for it, he gets excited about dressing up. So I think if it is not harming the animal and there is genuine heartfelt communication between owner and pet, then let the couture continue. All that said; I have been known to put a hat or two on my dogs! I love hats and have a pretty big collection of them. I once put a Santa hat on my little Lhasa Apso and he hated it. I took a photo and he grimaced at the camera – it is the best ‘bah humbug’ Christmas picture I have the pleasure to own!
5. Who is the most interesting person you have worked with, and who would you most like to work with in the future?
The most interesting person I’ve ever worked with, hmmmm this is a tough question but to give as honest answer as I can it would have to be ‘Joan’. Joan was my Yoga teacher for about four years and it was this woman, who was in her sixties at the time (some 25 years ago) who opened a doorway for me to explore the true infinite potential of being human. To begin a journey of understanding, getting in tune with ‘self’ and the immeasurable possibilities that abound. I continue to practice Yoga to this day and can say with genuine ever-present experience, it is the only indisputable thing I have had in my life for the past 25 years. It saved me, released me, and helped me find freedom again and again and again. I lost touch with Joan many years ago when I moved away but I always feel a connection with her because of the interesting life path she so gently and wisely guided me onto.
6. What do you like most about recording audio books?
The best thing I like about recording audio books is learning new things. Uncovering new realms. Topics which my life has not yet touched upon. I’ve had an eye-opening life already but getting into Audio book narration and recording has increased that infinitely and pro-actively. There truly is no end to the inestimable possibilities of life, living and learning. For example, I have become educated about the views on Sex within the LDS community and the knowledge I found in that book was genuinely inspiring. I’ve found out about the ‘Furry’ community and just how massive it is in America and how people connect with Mother Nature in their own very unique way. I’ve gained knowledge about the lives of Jack the Ripper’s victims in Victorian London and it was a true thrill (and tear jerker) to act out these women’s desperate lives. I’ve read harrowing accounts of one particular woman who was devastatingly abused during her childhood at the hands of the Church and recording the book had me extraordinarily spellbound and indeed gobsmacked at what some adult men and women in charge of minors got away with – the book ‘Trust No-One’ is as heart wrenching as it is mind boggling in respect of Child Abuse in the UK. I’ve learned about the disgraceful manipulation of the Richard Nixon’s 1971 ‘War on Drugs’ in the USA and how this has morphed into a modern day slavery project together with the illegal motion of state funded prisons being built and then sold to the private sector with no money being returned to the common people who paid into it – there is huge injustice behind the whole facade. So many of these books are written by excellent and well educated writers and as yet have not ceased to amaze and teach me. Second to this learning curve is the opportunity to ‘act’ out the ‘voices’ and ‘characters’ which abound in the audio book arena. It is a challenge and a joy to produce these books and I really look forward to continuing along this new Vampire path to which you have welcomed me.
7. What’s next for you? What should we be looking out for?
What’s next for me, ah well, I still have many careers to be had I’m sure, I’ll continue to teach Yoga, be a musician, an artist and a photographer but best watch out for when I become a comedienne, I believe laughter is one of the best feelings a human being can experience and amongst the sore points of life, I rather enjoy making people laugh.
You can find Alicia in various places about the web:
And Lineage: A Beginning is out now on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. To celebrate the release, Newsnibbles is giving away 5 copies from the Audible.com site. If you would like one simply pop a comment below telling us so! First 5 comments get a download code!