A huge warm welcome to our 15th Global Citizen, James Laver.
James is 38 and grew up in Carmarthen, South Wales. He moved to England to study first mathematics but soon lost interest in it so he changed his course to study philosophy and then spent three more years at the Oxford School of Drama. After graduating, not knowing what to do in the “real world” he moved to London. Five years and 3 jobs later, one of which was working in the UK’s oldest magic shop, he was on the move again. This time to Thailand, for love.
After getting his TEFL qualification he worked with an international language school for six years, working his way up to HR Manager but by the end of 2013 he had left the security of a full-time job to return to performing.
Since deciding to follow his dream, James has worked as a freelance actor on nine different shows with another two lined up over the net six months, voice artist and magician.
Thank you James for taking the time to share your thoughts with Global Citizens.
What makes you happy?
I love discovering and learning new things.
Some of the moments I enjoy most are during rehearsals when I am working on discovering a character and what motivates them.
It is very self-reflective because you find a connection to a character through some part of human nature that we all have in common.
Sharing these discoveries through performance is also what makes theatre so powerful as a way for audiences to understand themselves.
What makes you sad?
Insecurity makes me sad because I’ve come to believe that all bad decisions and actions people make come from a place of insecurity.
Insecurity is often due to a lack of understanding, which is perhaps why I regard discovery and learning so highly.
I’m certain that if people recognised their own insecurities and had the courage to face up to them more, the world would be a vastly better place.
What makes you proud?
I’m proud of my decisions to leave a stable job to pursue my passion.
Generally I’ve always tried to follow what I think will make me happy, once I’ve been able to work out what that is!
I find that knowing what I want is often the hardest part.
I am tremendously grateful to have grown up in a family and a country where I had the opportunity to do what makes me happy.
I am also proud to be contributing to the theatre scene in Bangkok as the performing arts are quite marginalised. It’s such a small community that I feel I’m able to make a real difference here.
What makes you wonder?
A big take away from having studied philosophy is that you learn not to assume anything and to really think about everything.
With modern technology and the internet, I find myself surrounded by so many things I don’t understand that it is easy to walk around in a constant state of wonderment.
What does it mean to be human?
To pass something on.
To leave some kind of a legacy.
Whether that’s through raising a family, teaching a young generation, or helping others to lead better lives in some other way.
Of course, you need to believe that you’re passing on the right things, so it’s important to question things first.
Being human is being a student and a teacher, and ultimately leaving the world a better place than when we came into it.
What’s your passion?
What’s your legacy?
How would you answer if you were asked?
Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read Global Citizens.
Have a great day.