Mumpreneur profile: Storyteller Esther Wane

I am Esther Wane and I am a storyteller.  I am an actor, writer and creative coach.  I live in Hertfordshire with my husband, daughter (12), son (9) and labradoodle (1).

Until my children were born I was following the “sensible” path and was working as a Compliance Officer in London for an investment bank.  I was outwardly successful but inside I felt small, dark and lonely.  When I had my daughter and spent time alone at home with her I was faced with how unhappy I truly was.  I returned to work after maternity leave but knew I needed to make changes to my life.

A couple of years later I found myself back on stage for the first time in over 20 years with a local amateur theatre group.  As the curtain rose and the lights shone on me I knew what I was for.  I also knew that if I was going encourage my children to work to create the life they are meant for, then I had to walk that talk.

This ignited my determination to explore my passions for acting and writing during my next maternity leave.  I organised help, wrote the first draft of my novel, “The Way Home” and went to evening classes at The Royal Central School.  During this time I was promoted at work but sense of achievement so I decided to resign and pursue my passions more fully.

I celebrated my 40th birthday at Drama School, knowing I was exactly where I was meant to be, becoming a person who is in love with her life.  I left full of excitement and fear about what came next, for the first time in my life I didn’t really have a plan.

I explored a few options to see where my creativity was leading me next and followed it towards becoming an audiobook narrator.  I started this three years ago and feel really privileged to have narrated over 100 audiobooks, including books by favourites Enid Blyton and my personal favourite “Tess of the D’Urbervilles” by Thomas Hardy.

My first book was for Heavy Entertainment, an award winning studio in London, and gave me the assurance that I loved doing it and had the capability to do it well.  From there I invested my savings into building a studio at the bottom of my garden with all the sound proofing and treatment  I needed to build my client base, as well as dedicated spaces for reading and writing.

I now work for clients all over the world from my studio, working around the children’s school days and being present for them as well as pursuing my passion.  My children love my work but more than that they love having a mum who loves them and loves her life.

If someone wants to work in this area support and coaching is essential, which I do offer, but can also recommend others who can help too.  Details about my writing, narrating and coaching are all on my website:

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