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Take Five with Judith Holder

Judith Holderhas an impressive track record as a Producer/Executive Producer of network TV since the 1980s.  Twice BAFTA nominated, her career includes originating such landmark television as sending Joanna Lumley to a desert island, reuniting the children fromThe Sound of Musicand having Victoria Wood look at the diet industry.  She both wrote and produced theGrumpy Old Womenseries for BBC2, wrote theGrumpy…spin off books, and with Jenny Eclair co-wrote the threestage showswhich have been international hits.


Are you one of those people who feel they are brilliant at solving other peoples’ problems, but useless at solving your own?

It is often the case that we can see other peoples’ situations in a much clearer light than our own, clouded as they can be by our imposter syndrome, Inner Critics, self imposed limitations and fears.  

It is at moments like this that a volleyball could come in handy.

Any of you who have seen the filmCastawaywill know that in order to stave off isolation and create a companion of sorts, Tom Hanks’ character paints a face on a volleyball, calls it Wilson, and has conversations with it.

"The Harder I Work…

... the luckier I get" is a quote ascribed to several people.  

I have often been described by people who don’t know me well as being “lucky”: in the right place at the right time, etc.

  • My letter asking if there were any vacancies as a window dresser arrived on the day the junior window dresser handed in their notice.
  • When a theatre marketing job came up, I was contacted because I had been talking to people about how to get into the profession.
  • When asking a contact to help me revamp my CV, she offered me a job project managing her new business.

How We See Ourselves

Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.
Ellen DeGeneres

Many years ago, I was having my first private tango lesson.  This was about 6 months into my tango life and after learning very quickly, I hit a plateau and wanted to find out if it was even worth me continuing.  This was the first surprise to my teachers who, from the outside, objective view, saw my progress and potential.

The second surprise for them was at the end of the session.

Take Five with Emma de Polnay

Emma de Polnay lives and works in Brighton as an artist, designer and MD of My Special PA.

Emma studied art at Wimbledon Art School, did a degree in fine art at Kingston University, and an MA in design for Film and Television.  She worked for over 10 years as a set designer and art director for the Film and TV industry before creating a business she truly loves whilst re-discovering her passion for drawing and painting.  She now runs the two strands of her career side by side.