John-Paul Flintoff

Look out for Wendy

This is Wendy Asumadu at the 2014 Creative Conscience Awards. She won silver for her film about the struggles and prejudice associated with people suffering from bipolar and other mental disorders. I asked to have my photo taken with her.

A few weeks later, Wendy got in touch to ask for advice about something – just as I was wondering who might help me with a film project I've been working on. I gave my advice, and then made a request.

I had eight hour of footage, showing me being coached by my friend and coach Andreas Kommling, on the subject of my Queen Anne project. I wanted to use the footage, in some form, to give a sense of how coaching works – because I'm offering to coach others as part of the crowd-funding for that project.

Wendy agreed to look at the footage, and to produce an edit.

She watched it – no small achievement – then gave me her analysis. “The original footage makes sense in terms of understanding what is going on, but 30 minutes is very long so I understand why you've suggested I cut it.

“When I tried to cut the footage, it didn't feel like coaching. It just felt like a conversation. The beauty of coaching cannot be shown in two to three minutes because it involves such a intense conversation.”

So I have decided, on the advice of the Creative Conscience Award winner 2014, to upload only very short snippets of the coaching I did with Andreas. I feel incredibly grateful to Wendy for her work just watching all that footage, and for doing these short edits – but most of all for giving me advice that was honest, and clear.

Remember that name! I've a feeling we're going to hear great things about Wendy.