Monday, 2 March 2015

GarconJon meets....Tom Brady #MaximumMan

In the second installment of the LAB SERIES sent me on a mission to document what it takes to be a Maximum Man for the launch of their new MAX LS Age-Less Power V Lifting Cream. In response, I photographed and interviewed two London gents with a unique perspective on perseverance and strength. Jonny Olliver, a dancer with over 18 years in the business, juggles a demanding career with two young children - there can't be anything more fulfilling and challenging than that. I asked him about his journey in dance and how he strives to be his best self.



Tommy Brady, Professional Athlete

What's your Star Sign? On the cusp of Cancer and Leo

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I did a lot of moving around as a child but I spent the majority of my time growing up in the West Midlands. Now I live in London.

You're on the GB Canoeing team but how would you describe your actual job? Simple. To win medals at the European, World and Olympic Games.

You've got a job that only a small percent of the world can achieve, are you proud of that? I love what I do, I feel really lucky that I can do what makes me happy and call it my job. Particularly though I feel proud to represent our country.

What's the hardest thing about your job? Injury makes the job difficult but I'm normally quite resilient and lucky when it comes to injury. Unfortunately last year I managed to have a bit of bone break off in my arm and consequently had to do a couple of races while injured. It was a tough racing season mentally and physically but I feel I came out of it a stronger person.

Beyond that, the hardest thing is the job security...being that there is very little. I'm aware that my livelihood is really on the line when it comes to major races and if I don't get certain results I don't get the funding and support I need to train and compete with the best. Dealing with that pressure can be hard but you learn to perform in that environment and that's what the jobs about.

See the full interview below.

GarconJon meets....Jonny Olliver #MaximumMan

This month LAB SERIES sent me on a mission to document what it takes to be a Maximum Man for the launch of their new MAX LS Age-Less Power V Lifting Cream. In response, I photographed and interviewed two London gents with a unique perspective on perseverance and strength. Jonny Olliver, a dancer with over 18 years in the business, juggles a demanding career with two young children - there can't be anything more fulfilling and challenging than that. I asked him about his journey in dance and how he strives to be his best self.



Jonathan Byrne Ollivier, Professional Dancer

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I grew up in Northampton until I was 16 then moved to London to study dance at The Rambert Dance School. I've travelled around the world with work since then, firstly to Cape Town for 3 years before moving back to Leeds in England, dancing with The Northern Ballet Theatre. I ended up being there for 8 years. My most recent international adventure took me to North America as after working in Leeds I was hired to dance in Canada for 2 years. I've now settled back in London.

What's your Star Sign? Taurus.

I often hear the life of a dancer is a hard one. Constant rejection and physically demanding, what's been your secret to longevity? It is certainly a very hard career to do. Since I started dancing professionally I have always danced at least 7 shows a week and also tour most of the year around. That is physically demanding. I've been dancing for 18 years now and I've had a few injuries but injury is just part of it. It can make you a wiser and stronger dancer. It makes you approach everything with a cleaner technique and take more care.

Despite the risk and the rejection I absolutely love being involved in the theatre and hope I can continue for as long as possible. The hardest thing now for me is being on tour around the world and missing my two children.

The LAB SERIES campaign is all about being a Maximum Man, what does that mean to you? That's a hard question. I was brought up without any men in life, surrounded by my Mum, Nan and three sisters. I guess they taught me their definition of a man and I taught myself the other while growing up.

For me being a father to two sons makes me attempt to be the best I can in myself and in that sense, a maximum man. I raise my boys to become what I think a maximum man is. One the one hand that's guiding principles of life like manners and respect, and on the other it's the basics of life as a man such as how to shave properly. I guess for me a Maximum Man is an modern mind with old values.

See the full interview below.