The Glasgow-born, Yorkshire-based entrepreneur, who lost his sight at the age of 18, runs Traveleyes, a company that takes blind and partially sighted travellers on action-packed holidays around the world.
Having previously owned the largest modelling agency outside of London, Dyson was approached by a manufacturer of mobility equipment, who was looking for wheelchair users to model its products. Together, they launched a modelling competition, receiving over 600 entries and international press interest. The agency has grown and now represents more than 80 actors, presenters and models.
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Whoever replaced national treasure David Dimbleby as host of BBC flagship Question Time faced a daunting prospect. Having fronted the show for an age-defying 25 years, he cast a long shadow, and there was intense pressure on the corporation to pick someone who wouldn’t be overpowered by the role.
Fiona Bruce was regarded in some quarters as an unlikely choice to succeed such an iconic broadcasting heavyweight. Viewers didn’t have to wait long for her baptism of fire.
When he was offered two days a week on the Scott Mills Show in 2012, he did everything in his power to get noticed. “I would turn up at 8.30 and stay all day and help wherever I could, no one asked me to leave!”
He has since gone on to become a household name on Radio 1 and has carved out an exciting career with fresh and interesting content for the station. “Try and find a way of being yourself which inherently will make you different,” he explains.
It was while working the door at members club Shoreditch House, that Jackson, got the chance to tackle the telly industry.
“I got asked to go to an MTV audition through the friend of a friend” she recalls. “I didn’t get the job.”
However from that moment she was hooked. She managed to get herself a meeting with an agent, who offered her another audition for an online series. She went, she got the role and she was in!
To celebrate the year coming to an end, we put together the best pieces of advice received from industry experts.
From a YouTube presenter to a Sky commissioner, there has been a variety of tips on offer throughout 2015.
Any journalist will tell you that to do their job you need hustle. But how do you hustle your way to become the face of a news organisation and, once there, ensure you do a great job? CNN's Nina dos Santos gives her best advice in just 60 seconds.