TV favourite and The Chase host Bradley Walsh gave a motivational talk to Brentwood School’s Sixth Formers today urging them to use their ‘fantastic’ education as a building block for the future.
“This is a wonderful School with great teachers,” he said. “The camaraderie and teamwork…these are the building blocks.” He urged youngsters to take the Brentwood experience and to never give up on their dreams. “Success is doing a job you love and you are happy in.”
Bradley, who left school aged 16, told his young audience that he had had to rely on guile and malleability to get where he is today. An expert at ‘winging it’, he talked through his career from the early days as a young injury-prone professional footballer, to an apprenticeship at Rolls Royce and a Pontins’ Blue Coat.
As well as speaking to students, Bradley - an actor, comedian, television presenter and former professional footballer - toured the School campus and the new award-winning Bean Academic Centre.
He later enthralled a small audience of Performing Arts Studies students with anecdotes from the world of show business and gave them one-to-one advice about how to break into such a competitive industry.
He took his listeners on a journey from his first childhood visit to the London Palladium, to filming three episodes a day of the popular quiz show The Chase, via Law & Order: UK and Coronation Street.
During a Q&A session, he told Sixth Formers to knock on doors and take advantage of the opportunities offered to them. “Don’t wear your life like a comfy coat… spread your wings. Anything you set your mind to you can do,” he said.
Head of Careers Dr Paul Tiffen thanked Bradley for taking time out of his very busy schedule to inspire the students and share his invaluable knowledge and experience with them.