This is Part 2 of our conversation with Liam and starts with Liam auditioning for Big Brother and takes us up to the present day and a bit beyond. For Part 1 see the previous episode.
Our conversation with Liam covered many topics. He talked openly about:
- Growing up thinking he was the dumb one
- Failing all his GCSE's
- Thinking he has undiagnosed dyslexia
- Finding confidence in his quick-wittedness and his climbing ability
- Deciding to study climbing trees because he was already good at that
- Feeling part stupid, part genius
- His talent for doing dickish things, just to see a person's reaction
- Telling himself "don't be nervous because your brain will cope when the time comes"
- His preference for enduring the feeling of being afraid than being someone who couldn't do things
- Telling people he can do things and then works out how to do it
- Not celebrating early. He waits until the job is done and he's home.
- Getting into trouble on the first day of everything and puts it down to being over-excited
- Being a bit of a show-off and his six months working on the stage at the Blaydon Races Bar in Tenerife
- His spell working in customer services as a stepping stone to Big Brother
- His confidence that he would be chosen to appear on Big Brother 6 in 2005
- His Mum's Multiple Sclerosis as a reason for auditioning for Big Brother
- Being turned down for Big Brother 6 and not knowing why
- Why it's important to be the best version of yourself, you can be
- His last-minute application for Big Brother 8, his invitation to take part and his last-minute rejection
- What it's like to be chopping trees when you're meant to be live on Big Brother
- Two weeks into BB8, finding yourself in Chris Tarrant's dressing room waiting to go in
- Enjoying Big Brother because he wasn't at work
- What it's like, after 6 days in the house, to be voted by housemates as the person to receive £100k no strings attached
- Being motivated by experiences, not money and why the £100k prize didn't cause the controversy it was designed to cause
- His attitude of a no, only being a no today and feeling that something might happen tomorrow
- Seeing his brother and Dad as he came out of the Big Brother house
- His Dad's ability to bring him back down to earth
- The first of 600 personal appearances at a Glasgow student union and why red wine and vodka is essential
- Why it's important to share the experience with friends
- Why he didn't buy into the fake girlfriend's scene
- Shutting down the Metro Centre
- The low point where he feels numb and is pretending to be busy and okay
- Moving to London and the relative obscurity
- Giving stand-up comedy a go and believing he can do anything if he's motivated enough
- Auditioning for Billy Elliott when he can't dance
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