Jonny, with comedian Ross Noble

Jonny, with comedian Ross Noble

Young people today face many challenges, not least in the way other people in society perceive them, and the number of initiatives for young people that have borne the brunt of government funding cuts. Upon leaving education, it is becoming harder and harder for young people to find jobs which are fulfilling. My mum has always said: if you truly do believe that every experience in life is part of God’s plan then why worry, even through the bad times. Having a strong faith helps to keep going when times get tough. No matter what, there is always hope. At the moment I am doing some contract work for a defence company and in my spare time I am working on a sitcom. Whilst at university I wrote and starred in a three-part television programme which was subsequently nominated for a Royal Television Society award. Off the back of that, I want to continue to use those talents and stretch myself to use some of the skills that I had and see if I could combine my appreciation for comedy with themes from the heart – friendship, belonging, family, for example. A lot of comedy these days is needlessly crass, but I want to try and bring it back to the ‘Only Fools and Horses’ type sitcoms of the 1980s. With the very nature of any arts-based work and trying to pursue your dream, you get a lot of setbacks but I think you just have to have the belief that if it is meant to be then it will be, and not to be disheartened when things don’t go your way.