SAP 032 - Josh Wilson; from sleeping on a yoga mat to building a world-class TV production company


Josh Wilson (Wilson Worldwide) on the #socialAfricanshow

Josh Wilson is the founder of Wilson Worldwide Productions, a TV production company that focuses on scripted drama as well as factual and branded content.

Josh has more than eight years experience in the broadcasting industry.

He is passionate about creating opportunities in the creative industries for people from BAME groups and people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Personal life

"I don't have a big family. No brothers or sisters. My parents separated when I was much younger."

"My dad was born in Saint Catherine in Jamaica, my mother was born in London and her mother was born in Jamaica."

Area of expertise

"I try to be a bit different from my contemporaries."

"I focus on the business and commercial elements and I make sure those are intrinsic with the creative."

A tool you use to get ahead

"Google Drive."

"Everything is right there. It is so easy to share and to give access to people that need it."

Advise for aspiring TV content producers

"As long as you really want to do it, you have to think of what the plan is. What is it you really want to do? A lot of people forget that will is not enough."

"Focus on learning, email someone, start networking."

"Also, I follow two basic rules as an entrepreneur and those are: no fear and no ego. It is important to remember you are going to die. If you want to do something, it is important to find the plan to do it."

Lowest entrepreneurial moment

"There was a night that was really bad. It was one of the coldest days of winter and I had no electricity and was sleeping on this yoga mat. It was freezing and I hadn't eaten anything. I woke with this head cold."

"I had no thought process of how to get out of it and I remember thinking I don't know if I can still live."

Proudest entrepreneurial moment

"There have been some great moments. One of my favourite moments was the Mission Mudder commission. That was a plus point."

"I really like to see my team happy and doing very well."

Light bulb moment

"I was a performer. I acted in a number of projects in Toronto. When I came back to London it was a much tougher market for acting, much bigger and much more competition."

"So, the reason why I started Wilson Worldwide was to cast myself in my own productions."

What's got you buzzing right now

"We are working on a really big scripted drama series."

"It is based on a book written by Jeffery Archer. And it's a project we are really excited about."

Lion's Den

Why do you feel the need to create opportunities for people in the BAME community?

"I am very much of the concept of a meritocracy, I want the best people to be where they should be. And if everyone doesn't have the opportunity, we are not going to see who the best really is."

"I don't care where you're from or what you look like. It makes no difference what so ever." 

"If you're good at what you do and on top of that you can speak another language, you're diverse, that helps me get into that marketplace. That just makes sense to me!"

What was holding you back from building your brand?

"I didn't really know, for definite, what I wanted from running a company. And I couldn't start a company in Toronto."

"The hesitancy was really because I just couldn't do it in the environment that I was in." 

Which is your social media platform of choice?

"I have Twitter, Instagram, Facebook the company does as well. I really like it. It's fun for me to utilise. I write poetry as well across social media."

"If I had to pick one to use for the rest of my life it has to Facebook. Just because a lot of people use it."

Share a daily routine that contributes to your success

"My brain needs to unwind at the end of every day. Just empty my mind, so to speak."

"I am really lucky I have a Spa at the bottom of my building where they have a jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and swimming pool. I normally go down there at the end of the day to just relax and chill."

"It really helps me get focused for the next day."

Recommend a book for the Tribe to check

"The wheel of time by Robert Jordan."

"It is just a fantastic series of books. It takes so much imagination to imagine this world. Very deep, very well thought of and very well steeped in fantasy law."

If you had 24 hours to live what would you do?

"I will figure out who I was going to give money to, who I'm going to help. I will probably do a lot of stuff for other people."

"I will choose where I want to end my time in this world, maybe fly somewhere. But I will make sure I have some cognac or something."

Words of wisdom

"No fear, no ego."

"You can really do whatever you want to do in this world."

"Realise that all storms pass and you will get there eventually."

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