TV presenter urges teens to reach their dreams

PUBLISHED: 14:05 30 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:53 25 August 2010

Reach for the stars: James Sherwood

Reach for the stars: James Sherwood

A CHILDREN S television presenter has inspired a host of school kids to chase their dreams.

A CHILDREN'S television presenter has inspired a host of school kids to chase their dreams.

James Sherwood, 27 from Hatherley Road, Sidcup, is "living the dream" by hosting children's television programme, What Shall We Do Today on Playhouse Disney UK, due to be screened next month.

Born and brought up in Sidcup, he is now inspiring young people in the borough, to pursue their dream careers through workshops in schools.

He said: "The sessions give many students the opportunity to experience the industry.

It's about letting the kids know that I'm one of you. If you want to go into the entrainment industry, it's possible, but you have to start thinking about it. You need to get out into the industry and hone your skills.

"It's all about helping the kids think about where they want to be in the future."

Mr Sherwood received a performing arts degree from Middlesex University in 2005, before beginning his career acting in short films and then presenting.

He got his first substantial break co-hosting the live internet mini-series Culture Jam, which was produced by the National Film and Television School in November 2007. Earlier this year he hosted LOVEFiLM's Cannes Film Festival coverage from the prestigious international event.

After numerous unsuccessful castings and auditions, he admits he came very close to abandoning his dreams of being a presenter.

He said: "I was on the brink of saying I want a proper job but I believe in things like karma and I've finally got where I wanted to be."

In 2008, he was shortlisted for the Channel 4 New Talent Award, for his presenting.

He said: "Not winning hasn't stopped me in my career. You have to keep believing in yourself. In the industry when you've been around for a while, people change when you say you're working for Disney, they suddenly think you've made it.

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