Living Adventurously

David Oakes is an actor known for his role in "The Borgias" and Prince Ernest in the ITV show "Victoria". David also runs the Trees a Crowd podcast "for those curious about the world around us."

Show Notes

David Oakes is an actor known for his role in "The Borgias" and Prince Ernest in the ITV show "Victoria". David also runs the Trees a Crowd podcast "for those curious about the world around us."
Charm, good looks and talent are just some of the things that I do not share with David. But the point of this podcast is precisely this: to find people whose lives appear to be very different to my own, and then seek out the overlaps, the commonalities, and the lessons I can learn from what they do. 
We discussed making a living in unpredictable and unreliable ways, the things that scare us, and how to deal with the imposter syndrome.


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  • I was blessed with parents who had followed their dreams
  • My dad gave up a lucrative career for one which was more emotionally and spiritually rewarding
  • Had doubts about whether he would get work. 
  • About half the people he trained with didn't make it
  • The confidence you need at beginning you can sadly only get by doing
  • I don't know what I want to do until I do it
  • I know that I'm better than some people and not as good as other people
  • It's not useful to doubt whether you are good
  • It's the same fear level whether speaking to 10 or 1000
  • It's never too late to re-train, re-purpose, change direction
  • Do something every day that scares you
  • You spend most of your time out of work - you face constant rejection. 
  • When you're the most famous actor in the world, the only way is down.
  • I make sure to enjoy my life in between the work. I work to live, not the other way round.
  • What made me miserable was comparing myself to other actors. 
  • I have a rule which is to leave the house every day.
  • Sound recordist Chris Watson - recording dawn chorus
  • The little adventures of life are what makes life worth living
  • I suspect that 'enough' does not exist
  • Realising that everyone has exactly the same struggles and doubts and worries as us is really helpful.
  • I keep a show journal - writing notes after every performance


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What is Living Adventurously?

Living Adventurously, with Alastair Humphreys, is the story of ordinary people choosing to live extraordinary lives.
Alastair interviews artists and chefs, students and pensioners, athletes and travellers. He wants to discover what living adventurously means to different people, what universal obstacles stand in the way, and how each of these people took the first step to overcome them and begin their own fascinating journeys.