Lucy Norfolk tells us about herself and running her MAD Academy business in Camberley.:
I played baby musical bumps recently and thought it was one of the most fun things I have seen in ages!! Their faces were a picture! All my classes love playing with scarves and using our imaginations with them. I teach a variety of classes; Children's Centres, Nurseries, Special Needs, and my public classes and each are very different so I get to experience my favourite activities in many different ways.
Many things. I trained as an actor for 5 years and worked professionally for a few years, Butlins Redcoat, Retail Manager, Call Centre Worker, Trainer, and Sales Manager, and more recently I taught ages 4-7 at Stagecoach for 3 years.
Theatre, singing, and being a Mummy. We have a music room at home and my husband plays lots of instruments so we jam every now and again. We have a few gigs lined up so looking forward to singing again. Love being Mummy (most of the time!) and watching my children learn and develop, they are my greatest achievement by far.
My most disastrous moment was getting to a venue to run a CC class and the door was locked. I couldn't get hold of the CC and no one was around. All of the families were arriving and waiting to see what to do. So I just camped out on the grass with my IPod and lots of props and instruments and ran the class on the grass in the sunshine!!
Yes, Rosie is 10, and Joe is 8. I also have 2 Step-children, James is 7, and Oliver's 6.
It was a chick lit novel, a holiday book, can't remember the name! All Mills and Boon and trashy but I couldn't put it down! All my books go straight in the car boot pile once I've read them!
Elvis (young version!)...so I could gaze at him, listen to him sing to me, hear all his stories about films, etc, and visit Graceland!
Ireland. I went there for my honeymoon last October and completely fell in love with it! It's the most beautiful place, with a surprise round every corner! We're going back for a wedding this Summer and can't wait. I loved the traditions and folklore and of course the seafood and Guinness!
Don't expect too much too soon, and don't take it too personally when they don't reply or turn up! I've learnt to relax a lot more about it and when you have a few let you down, the next day you might get a call from others wanting classes just as quickly. Keep a flexible and friendly relationship with all of your clients as they are what gets you the next booking!
Believe in you and your business!
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Kate Lawrence answers some question about her MAD Academy business.
I have been running a MAD Academy Franchise for nearly 10 years now. It has been a great flexible job while my children have been growing up.Trish
I chose a MAD Academy franchise because it offers something different from most of the music classes for young children out there and I believe this is absolutely key to finding space in a crowded marketplace.Sophie
I think that the best thing about being part of the MAD Academy team, rather than running an independent business, is the website, the MAD material and regular the training.Karen
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