As you all know by now I am a big supporter to the charity Mind having raised funds for them with my 5k and 10k runs.
Recently I was pleased to see they were looking for some new people to be the face of their new campaigns and what with me being reluctant to be in the spotlight (cough cough) I put my name forward and applied.
It was a great moment when I received an email back saying I had been selected to attend a photo shoot along with around 16 people.
It is a real honour to have my face on Mind literature, adverts etc, to be associated with the charity in this face. Knowing my ugly mug will be seen by lots of people in connection with mental health is really a proud moment for me.
So, having watched Zoolander for tips on my poses and how to “make love” to the camera of I headed today for the shoot.
The highlight of the day was meeting fellow supporters of Mind who were all there because we want to make a difference, we want to be a human face to people to show that anyone is susceptible to Mental Health Illness and that it can affect anyone regardless of race, gender and class.
Heck even us mammals are known to suffer with depression from time to time
I cannot wait to see the finished photos with me smiling out to show the world that I am proud to be known as a mental health illness sufferer. I am already anticipating lots of magazines/tube adverts being thrust under my nose with a pen and I will happily sign any of them – once the donation has hit my Paypal account – after all I can’t be having my autographed items popping up on eBay.
But more importantly, if one person sees the photos and it makes them seek the help they need then all the pain and suffering endured under the glare of the camera today will have been worth it. Oh how I suffered for my art today, tea and food on tap….
As well as the photos I was interview on camera and via audio – I loved every minute of it – This moose does not do bashful or shy in front of a camera.
A massive thank you to everyone at Mind for organising the day, especially the staff at Greenwich Mind who made the day fly by with their friendly atmosphere and chat.
It really was a wonderful day and I am proud of myself for applying and actually going through with it.
My plan for world domination and became “famoose” is taking shape….
The depressed moose, mental health campaigner and now model extraordinaire – for more photo shoots please contact my agent directly….