After she died, my Grandma and I worked on creating the perfect blend of oils to help me have hair like my mother’s.

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Paving her own way and creating a brand behind her name, Erim Kaur is inspiring young women daily. Sharing ways to take care of yourself and more importantly how invest in your hair because it’s the crown you never take off…

What were your initial feelings towards deciding to launch a product with such sentimental value?

For me, I always had such a strong emotional connection to hair due to the fact that my mother was known for her long, silky hair. After she died, my Grandma and I worked on creating the perfect blend of oils to help me have hair like my mother’s. I felt incredibly lucky to have my Grandma who had all this knowledge, so sharing it with the rest of the world in the form of ByErim luxury hair oil was the easiest, most natural decision I have ever made.

 

What are some words of wisdom to young girls wanting to build their social influence online and what’s the most important thing you’ve learnt about it?

Focus on the journey. It’s so easy to get caught up with your numbers/follower count, but the beauty is that every single person who follow you, follows you for a reason. So instead of focusing on getting the next follower, hone your attention on delivering the maximum amount of value to your existing followers.

 

Can you give us one exclusive beauty tip that you haven’t shared before?

Sleep with your hair in a loose braid (with or without oil). This protects the hair from getting tangled and if you’re a fidgety sleeper, the movement can rough up your hair cuticles if left loose, so braids keep your hair neat and protected. Plus gives you a gorgeous natural wave when you wake up!

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I want to continue being the CEO of ByErim, perhaps with some luxury retail presence, but being able to dedicate myself and my time to the branding element of the business, vs. now where I am quite thinly stretched!

 

If you had one message to share with the world what would it be?

Kindness is free. If the world showed a little more empathy, compassion and kindness to each other, we wouldn’t have to fight for basic equality.

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Some would say that this is the beauty of science; the ability to take something seemingly unexplainable, wrap it up in mathematical packaging, tie a bow of physical laws around it and deliver it neatly via chalk on the blackboard.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Childhood is always the most important part of anyone’s life. It might seem a shame as we can never go back or change it, so we often look at the world through the same childlike eyes; perhaps why so many of us feel the same as we did all those years ago. Some of us ‘grow up’, and some of us still have that child very much inside of us.

Mine was a happy childhood. I lived in the countryside, had very close friends, and played in woods, fields, rivers, and through what seemed like endless hot summers. 

I embraced everything around me with the wonder only a child can have. I collected bugs and caterpillars, raised them to adulthood, dissected owl pellets under hot lamps until my bedroom smelt like rancid roadkill, desperately tried to manufacture explosives for a multitude of failed moon shots, built radios, metal detectors and all kinds of electric devices. My dad often helped but I was never encouraged, just a natural inquisitiveness. 

It was Carl Sagan who changed my life. I watched his RI Christmas Lectures on the planets and was hooked instantly. Sagan was someone I could relate to; he had an aura of wonder… like a child. I persuaded my parents to buy a telescope and from then on, every clear night I would escape to the garden sketching celestial scenes as I scoured the night sky for yet to be discovered objects.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wupToqz1e2g” title=”Take 3 minutes to watch this video, it may just change your life…”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I ended up at university studying astrophysics. For once I was being told all the answers. Some would say that this is the beauty of science; the ability to take something seemingly unexplainable, wrap it up in mathematical packaging, tie a bow of physical laws around it and deliver it neatly via chalk on the blackboard. For me, it felt like there was so much we already knew it would take a lifetime to reach the unknown. I felt intimidated. I regret losing that child when I could have been embracing the knowledge around me.

My early adulthood was less than conventional. I became a musician and entered a strange but loving community of misfits with huge artistic talents. It wasn’t a puritanical life. I’ll leave it at that. Eventually, after fame and fortune failed to find me, I did the last thing I ever thought I would… I became a teacher.

I loved teaching science and embraced the awe and enthusiasm you get from young students. I was always theatrical, and I guess a bit of a show-off. The performer inside me used ever more spectacular ways to get a message across. I loved sharing my knowledge with students; lessons felt more like a show than a dry instructional course.

Teaching is a hard mistress though. I finished as Head of Science and as the increasing workload, accountability, and systems took over – I lost the love. Having to force me to get up every morning took its’ toll on my mental health. I lost the child within and life changed from a joyful experience to a prison-like sentence. Depression is something I never thought would happen to me and it hit me hard. It’s difficult to describe the impact it has if you have never suffered. My life collapsed around me. I find it hard to talk about without massive regret for the pain and hardship it put on those around me.

Magic became an obsession; something I could lose myself in, a way to block out the demons and give me a sense of achievement. I felt like that child always looking for answers. They say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something… I’m now an expert. I gave up teaching and became a professional magician.

I enjoy what I do. I make people happy for a living, continue to work with children, sometimes in schools and on my own terms. It helps me to focus and I learn something new each day. Like all arts there is never an end… you can always do better… there is always a different way to do things or a new discovery to make. My inner child, the Prodigal Son has returned at last.

The funny thing is you spend hours practicing something, so it looks like you are not doing anything, and the only explanation is ‘magic’. It is the opposite of teaching. I guess life is never a linear progression. Always be prepared to step outside, embrace change, never regret, and never lose that child which is inside of you.

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“If you have a positive or creative idea, and you feel it might get somewhere – never let anyone stop you from trying to create.”

Flooding the net with his funny viral videos, featuring on BBC TV for his conscious short-films, and entering the UK’s thriving music scene with full support, Theo Johnson is an all rounded creative. Otherwise known as T1Officiall, the Birmingham-born actor, writer, musician and comedy social media personality, is a rising talent.
He’s paved his way into the UK’s entertainment industry and continues to progress with enthusiasm and an imaginative mindset. You may recognise him from his first major role as ‘Callum’ in Channel 4’s ‘Raised by Wolves’ or on the big screen as ‘Jason’ in the ‘Intent2 Movie’. Theo has featured in the awareness campaigns for ‘THINK’ adverts and more recently, released music videos in collaboration with recognisable UK artists.
How did acting come about?

I was kind of a naughty child and found school challenging because I was more into the creative arts and sports rather than the academics.

I figured that I was good at drama – teachers would tell me to take lead in acting roles, which I enjoyed. I quickly started to catch the acting bug and knew I wanted to get more involved in drama.

But I knew I had to be proactive. Once I started telling people around me that I wanted to be an actor, they didn’t understand it or thought it was impossible. My friends wanted to be footballers and my parents wanted me to go to university and get a proper job. As you can imagine, all the negative comments that come with doing something that seems to be unrealistic. It meant I had to start putting in work to prove to everyone that I could do this. I studied performing arts at college and at university I studied teaching drama because my mum wanted me to get a degree. I knew university wasn’t going to help me find acting roles, so I used to attend open auditions whilst studying.

I finished my degree with a 2:1 BA and at the same time, landed my first big break as one of the main roles on Channel 4’s ‘Raised by Wolves’ series, featuring in 3 out of 6 of the episodes.

It was only later I realised I could really make money from acting. I liked the idea of fame and all the things that come with it.

Growing up in Birmingham and coming to an industry that’s London-centric. What was that difference like?

After the channel 4 show finished reality slapped back in. I saw the money coming down and the struggles of the acting world when you’re not in full-time work.

It was then, that I turned to social media and thought it was the future. Me and Sideman decided to work together – as he was involved in stand-up comedy too and made name for himself. We would both go to networking events in London and that’s how we got our foot in the door…

The difference between Birmingham compared to London is that; when you’re driving people will stop for you and give you way, they’ll say thank you and put their hazards on… you can actually walk through the street without being barged. In that sense, it can be a more relaxed and a welcoming place.

That’s all good, but at the same time, a lot of people don’t see opportunities. They just go down the wrong path, or simply don’t know what to do so they think certain goals are unrealistic because they haven’t seen in their immediate circle. Whereas in London, everyone wants to be something, everyone’s got a plan and they’re in a rush to get there.

Acting, music, comedy – how do you balance this and choose were to place your focus?

I think my main calling has been creating my own short films. I didn’t have an agent so I always made sure I was in full control of my work and writing scripts that would show and develop my acting skills.

I see myself as an all-around creative, but I like to be realistic and prioritise what’s important at the time. At a time when everyone was listening to American artists and the UK scene wasn’t as it is now, it made sense for me to focus more on acting.

With music it’s a lot more effort, you need to have the investment and know the right people. With acting it’s about having a big enough platform to push it out on once it’s created.

Comedy is the part I like the least. It’s funny because that’s what I’m mainly known for – it’s the videos that have gone viral. It’s the easiest way to gain a following via Instagram.

Where would you like to see yourself in the future?

I would like to see, a Netflix deal or to star in my own series – that would be big goals.

Being able to show my ability and be respected for my craft in acting and be recognised for my music would be a success for me.

I’d like to become an all-round creative… People can easily put you in a box or hold you back by telling you to keep to one thing or ‘jack of all trades and master of none’. But I believe, if you’re talented and you’re genuinely good at these things, then why not pursue them?

I’d like to be a Jamie Fox or Idris Elba, where I can master my acting and be known for music too.

What advice would you give to someone in drama school right now?

Firstly, don’t get your hopes up. Once you start, a lot of people will sell false promises and dreams. Don’t believe anything unless you’ve seen it happen because of your own grind and efforts.

The best advice is don’t take any advice. People will tell you ‘it’s not going to work’ but if you’ve got that gut feeling, then go for it.

If you have a positive or creative idea, and you feel it might get somewhere. The worst that can happen is people won’t like it or you fail and move on by trying something different. Never let anyone stop you from trying to create.

Also, some advice; don’t let things get to your ego. Money comes and goes, and you’ll have highs and lows. Don’t let fame get to your head because there is always someone trying to take your place and you can only stay at the top for so long – a new flame will eventually come.

When you do reach the top… It’s not as glitz and glam as everybody thinks. It’s very fake – you’ve got be friendly, smile and wave.

Why is there always a mention of this fake attitude, and is there a new turn happening with the younger talent?

I think the world has become too sensitive, and its led to the content not being real anymore. A lot of people are easily offended these days and if you’re a comedian with good intentions – this stops your creativity.

As time goes on, I think it’s getting worse to be honest. But that’s one of the things that comes with the game, I guess. It’s called a game for a reason – it’s not reality. The industry is really an industry of entertainment and it’s not like you have to be real here. It doesn’t matter. You can take your mask and ego down when you come off the stage and live a normal life or be real with your inner circle there.

What kept you motivated and inspired?

The progression is what keeps me inspired – it’s a change that has turned my whole life around. Being at a point where I’m totally independent; waking up when I want unless I’m booked for a campaign or advert, not being worried about bills or knowing that my mum’s not worried about money.

I’m nowhere near to where I want to be, but I’m very far from where I came, and I wouldn’t want to go back there.

My family count on me a lot, anytime they ask me for something I can say ‘yes’ – and I want to keep it that way. Seeing how my progress has had a positive effect on them makes me want to keep doing new things. My nephew wants to be a footballer and my other nephew wants to be a dancer. I can see they are trying because they’ve seen its possible with me. I want to open their eyes to the opportunities out there.

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Keep up with Theo’s exciting new projects and follow his official Instagram account @t1officiall to check out his latest content and releases.