As a former bouncer and hairdresser it was inevitable that I would become a playwright, scriptwriter and director. Seriously, eighteen years of dealing with neurotic catwalk models and gangsters was ideal preparation for a career in film, TV and radio.
About writer's work
I have since written and directed film and TV projects for all the UK's major broadcasters, ranging from BBC dramas such as "Waking The Dead" to the hit CBBC show "MI High". 'Entertain first and educate by stealth' is my motto.
My feature film, "Night People", was awarded the BAFTA Scotland and Cineworld Audience Award. In 2012, my 90 minute radio drama "A Man's World" was broadcast on BBC R3.
I am available for residencies, workshops, panels and mentoring. I work with authors, poets and short story writers on behalf of organisations such as The Scottish Book Trust, Screen Academy Scotland and Govan Initiative. So far, the furthest I've travelled to present a class was the Arctic Circle - my workshops and classes are fun and highly interactive. If you have an idea for a session, together we can create something inspiring.
Frequently, I am asked to be a speaker or workshop leader for career events involving writers, students and the long-term unemployed. This involves teaching practical career building strategies, goal setting and resilience.
School events have included helping 8-10 year old boys engage with reading, writing and in some cases issues of behaviour. Using Mind Mapping exercises we explored ways to create characters and story worlds. This is a fun and highly interactive way to explore issues of emotions and behaviour without participants feeling uncomfortable.
For the last five years I have been a volunteer counsellor with the UK charity Childline.
My book, Making it as a Screenwriter, is available to download from www.meadkerr.com. All proceeds from sales goes to Childline.