I went into care when I was three-years-old and spent my childhood moving between 14 different placements in care homes and foster families. It was a very difficult time and I felt extremely isolated. I was a young black boy who was in care and everyone seemed to look down on me which really hurt.
I was sent to therapy so that I could talk about my feelings but it didn’t work because I didn’t think they could help; they hadn’t been through what I was going through so how could they help?
I started drinking a long time before I was legally allowed too, and began to take a cocktail of drugs from weed and cocaine to E’s. It started to destroy my mind and I got to the point where I was getting hallucinations even when I wasn’t high.
A lot of young people in care turn to drink and drugs, but it doesn’t help, it only makes things worse. I looked at my life and decided that taking drugs and drinking everyday was not getting me anywhere. I was lucky that I was able to stop. What really helped was expressing myself through dance, music and acting, and I eventually managed to get into the prestigious East 15 Acting School at the age of 19.
As a Fixer I created a music video for my track ‘Keep Dreaming’. It's about trying to achieve your dreams in life no matter where you’ve come from and I want it to inspire other young people growing up in care.
Since then, I've graduated with a BA (Hons) in Physical Theatre. I've worked in theatre and TV/film, as well as writing and producing my own music. I was shortlisted for a Spirit of London Award, and am involved in the political arena, helping change legislation in Parliament and speaking at Westminster. I am an Ambassador for the Care Leavers Foundation, Care Leavers Association, The SOLA Foundation and Speaker Box.