I founded The Character Consultancy in September 2018. I started out by offering my No Frills character development service to drag and burlesque artistes to explore their stage personas, to help them get inspiration for their on-stage performances.
However, it was in the sci-fi and fantasy communities that I got my strongest start. I help writers, video / TTRPG game developers, and comic artists to add depth and richness to their characters and lore. It's an intensely rewarding job and I love what I do!
How I Got Into This Work
I've been a keen writer since childhood (Want an example?).
I'm also a trainee therapist specialising in Transactional Analysis, which focuses on how people develop their personalities and interact with others. A few years ago I reached a point in my training where I needed to start attending mentorship, doing exam preparation, and offering therapy during mainstream working hours. I'd mostly worked as an administrator until then, but no employer would accept my efforts to negotiate for fewer working hours or make up for missed time by working on Saturdays or after-hours.
Eventually I gave up trying to find an employer who would work with me and decided to start a business so I could finish my diploma and work the available hours I had around my diploma commitments.
I love what I do and intend to build TCC to a point where it financially supports me, my partner (who has been helping me since 2020), and enriches the creative world!