Diary: To be, or not to be a PRO? That is the question

Luvvies, darlings! Media relations specialist Ben Furner has left his position as senior account manager at The Grand Design to tread the boards.

Luvvies, darlings! Media relations specialist Ben Furner has left

his position as senior account manager at The Grand Design to tread the

boards.



’I didn’t want to go to India and find myself,’ Furner said wisely. So

he is going to Wimbledon instead.



Furner has quit the PR world to appear in Message in a Bottle, an

educational piece about five children who tell each other stories. ’The

theme of the show is the importance of children being heard,’ says

Furner. Serious stuff then? ’When I read the script I thought: ’Oh

blimey!’. But there are also some laughs, apparently. ’It’s for

eight- to 11-year-olds,’ he continued. ’Perfect for the bulk of people

working in the communications industry.’



The are certainly similarities between PR and the acting world. ’Lousy

hours and crap pay,’ he says. ’It’s a tough life.’



Furner had always wanted to act, and took the opportunity for

three-months’ training and a short tour. So now, he has caught the bug

will this the first of many such ventures?



’You would have to ask the casting director of EastEnders,’ he answers

coyly.



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