The Schofield Stories
By Callum Schofield
Speak out and Unmask Mental Health by talking!
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The Schofield Stories Feb 11, 2021
#24 Gareth Timmins: Becoming the 0.1%
#23 James Sills: The Power of Music
Musician and Singer James Sills joins me on the show to share his story and talk about all things related to music and mental health. James is a choir leader, singer, and former music teacher so has seen first hand the impacts of both music and mental health. As a choir leader, James has used his position to make a difference and bring people together through the power of music, such as working with the homeless, and virtually though lockdown bringing the world together. James' book "Do Sing" discusses the positive impacts a group of men coming together to sing can have and how making yourself vulnerable is key. Over lockdown, 'The Sofa Singers' emerged and this group has become a worldwide sensation linking people from across the globe, even on Christmas Day to sing together. This episode is full of incredible tips and motivation to be your true authentic self, and explains the true power of music.
James Sills: https://www.jamessillsmusic.co.uk/
Sofa Singers: https://www.thesofasingers.com/
Do Sing: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Do-Sing-Reclaim-Voice-Singing/dp/1907974709
#22 Daliso Chaponda: The Man behind the Funny
Stand-up comic and writer Daliso Chaponda joins me on the show to share his story and talk all things comedy. Daliso talks about the reasons behind why he got into comedy, life on the stand-up circuit, and race in comedy. We also spoke about how Daliso was Amanda Holden's Golden Buzzer and finished 3rd in Britain's Got Talent. Daliso also does a lot of writing and always have done, writing novels, children's books, and writes for BBC Radio 4 as well as having his own show. Daliso is someone I've always followed, looked-up to, and wanted on the show from the very beginning, and now he's here and did not disappoint. One of the most natural funny people I've met. Check out Daliso on all social media and I strongly suggest booking tickets for his virtual shows as well his 2021 UK Tour.
#21 Colin Jackson CBE: Overcoming Life's Hurdles
Colin Jackson CBE joins me on the show for an uplifting discussion about sport, his career, dancing, and much more. Colin is best known for being a World Champion Hurdler, Olympian, holding a 44 unbeaten streak of races, and an athletics pundit. As well as talking about his incredibly decorated career, Colin discusses his role in organisations such as Red Shoes Academy and Go Dad Run which are both very special organisation to help young people and men. Colin has been in the public eye since a teenager, so talks about how to deal with the constant pressure from a young age. in 2005, Colin swapped his running shoes for dancing shoes appearing on Strictly Come Dancing, and now in 2021 he's popped on his ice skates for the 2021 Series of Dancing on Ice, we wish you all the best for the series! It was an absolute pleasure to talk to Colin and this episode is another inspiring one that's not to be missed!
#20 Jack Parry-Jones: The Valley's Very Own Actor
Actor Jack Parry-Jones joins me on the show to shed an insight into his career and personal life. We discuss Jack's younger years, where the ambition to be an actor came from all the way up to today where Jack is a BAFTA Cymru Award winning Actor. Jack is best known for starring in Our Girl, Moon Dogs, Bang, and The Crown; where the character of 'The Teacher' holds a personal connection to Jack. Jack also stars in Our Girl (which is my favourite TV Series of all time) which meant this interview was a tick off the bucket list, it also helps that we both come from a similar area in Wales, and two Welshman on a podcast always provides results! It was an honour to interview Jack and hear all about how he's pursues his ambitions whilst overcoming challenges and hardship.
#19 Ruban Pillai: Exceed Your Own Expectations First
Podcaster, co-founder of Stop Holding Back, soon to be Tedx Speaker, and all round friend of The Schofield Stories Podcast Ruban Pillai joins me on he show to share his story. Ruban has had a stutter from a young age, and at certain times in his life battled hard to overcome demons and the fear of stuttering, to become the man he is today. Hearing Ruban's journey is inspiring. Ruban also host's The Underdog Way Podcast, where he interviews people with inspiring stories because we all love an underdog. This episode is one I've been looking forward to releasing for a while as I know it is full of golden nuggets of stories and advice to motivate everyone to help themselves to become the person they've always wanted to be. Ruban is a sensational guest and this episode is not to be missed!
#18 Ollie Hynd MBE: Sharing the Paralympic Podium with your brother
Paralympic Gold Medalist Oliver "Ollie" Hynd MBE joined me on the show to share his story of how a love for swimming became a purpose, taking him on a journey of success to become a Paralympic Athlete. Ollie has muscular dystrophy but never let it hold him back. Over his career Ollie has won many competitions from national, to European and of course Paralympic. Winning Gold at London 2012 was special for two reasons, not only winning Gold on his home soil but Ollie was able to share the podium with his brother and fellow Paralympic Swimmer Sam Hynd. Listening to Ollie's story was inspiring and it was a true honour to have Ollie on the show. Ollie's messages about goals, mindset, and purpose can relate to everyone as I personally took a lot from this episode.
#17 Dave Chawner: Anorexia is more than meets eye...
Stand-up Comedian, author and mental health advocate Dave Chawner joined me on the show to share his eye opening story talking openly about his battle with the eating disorder Anorexia. The way Dave speaks about Anorexia and eating disorders is eye opening and not as I first imagined. Being a comedian and mental health advocate, this was a very entertaining yet deep episode where we discussed everything from dogs, to veganism, to life-changing books. Dave is doing some great things and currently working on not only his own comedy but also a comedy course to help and inspire other's. It was a pleasure to record this episode and I encourage you all to read Dave's book, you won't regret it!
#16 Jeffrey Staab: Stutterer to Actor
Jeffrey Staab becomes the first guest to return to The Schofield Stories Podcast to talk about everything from his childhood, journey with stuttering, acting career, and now fitness journey also. Jeffrey has been in appeared in over 100 films which for someone with a stutter at one point seemed impossible. Jeffrey share's his inspiring story of how personal development and adopting the correct mindset helped overcome his stutter. Jeffrey joined me on Season 1 of the Podcast where his interview became an instant fan favourite, so much so, I couldn't wait to ask Jeffrey to comeback on the show and of course this episode didn't disappoint. Since his first appearance, myself and Jeffrey have become good friends which is why I love what I do. This episode is another cracker which should not be missed!
#15 Mark Armstrong: Scotland to 'Spanner,' an Actors Life
Joining me on the show today is actor Mark Armstrong. Mark has appeared on many stage and screen productions, best known for playing 'Spanner' in BBC One's 'Our Girl,' with the iconic catchphrase 'Boss.' Mark shared his journey into acting and the struggles which actors face particularly going months if not years without work, and how to build up the mental resilience to carry on and aim follow your ambitions. Being my favourite program of all time, we discussed Our Girl in great detail with Mark casually name dropping the likes of Michelle Keegan, Luke Pasqualino and Olly Rix, three massive fan favourites. It seems as if Mark has a funny little antidote for every part of his career, which made this another incredibly entertaining episode. If you put two Celts together, in this case a Scott and a Welshman they'll talk like there's no tomorrow and that's definitely what we did as this episode was like two mates having a catch-up. Look out for Mark's up-and-coming Podcast coming soon also!
#14 Mark Ormrod MBE: The British Army's First Triple Amputee To Survive Afghan
Mark Ormrod MBE joined me on the show to share his powerful and inspiring story. Xmas Eve 2007, Royal Marine Mark Ormrod triggered an IED, Mark became the British Army's first and only triple amputee to survive the Afghan Conflict, loosing both legs and one arm. Mark discussing how crucial mindset was in overcoming an adversity which was so rare it was a challenge to find anyone who had gone through anything similar. In this episode we start from the beginning, talking about Mark's journey into the military and particularly earning the iconic Green Beret worn by the Royal Marines. Mark also shares his experiences not only competing in the Invictus Games but being a Gold Medalist and receiving a special recognition. This has got to be one of my favourite interviews of all time, having someone like Mark on the show was a true honour and the ultimate privilege. If you want more, check out markormrod.com for more and keep an eye out for books, documentaries and even a Mark Ormrod film...
"I was so hooked on every word Mark was saying, I forgot I was meant to be hosting a podcast" - Callum Schofield
#13 Mini James: All Things Music & Mental Health
Artist Mini James joined me on the show to talk all things music and mental health. You may recognize Mini's voice as he wrote, produced and performed The Schofield Stories intro & outro music which you hear on every episode. Despite being fairly new to the music industry, Mini is making his mark as an artist, developing his own style and producing a range of music. It was fascinating hearing how Mini got into music and the challenges he was and still is faced with in the music industry. We also talked about mental health, with regards to the struggles around stepping away from the crowd and what impact that can have. It was a great honour to find out a bit more about real James, rather than just the artist 'Mini James.' Check out theschofieldstories.com to find links to more music by Mini James!
#12: Ricky Glore: a Lifetime of Laughs
Stand-up Comedian & Comedy Writer Ricky Glore joins me on the show to share his story about venturing into the world of comedy. Ricky has had a lifetime love for comedy, preaching how it's better to do something you enjoy and not make a tonne of money than do a job you put up with purely for the money. Whether it's stand-up, improv, writing, acting, directing, or producing there's not a lot that Ricky hasn't done. It was an honour and great fun to interview someone as versatile and successful as Ricky, he was sharp and witty both on and off camera which made the episode a lot of fun. If you haven't checked out Ricky Glore, search him up on YouTube and you won't be disappointed!
Flat 12 Special
If you're at university, why not do a podcast with your flatmates? This is arguably one of the funniest episodes I have ever recorded and we all had such a laugh doing this episode. It's not planned, it's not polished, and it's certainly not professional. We talk about everything from equal rights, to my questionable meal choices, to what we all want to do with our lives. But mainly, whatever the topic i ended up getting roasted by my flatmates and if that doesn't make you want to tune in, then I don't know what will. Join McLovin, Man's Comfy, Bland, KP, Big C, and Smokes as we discuss uni life and all that comes with it...
Disclaimer: strong language and themes listeners may find rude/offensive.
#11 Danyl Johnson: Not just "that bloke off The Postcode Lottery"
Danyl Johnson joined me on the show to share his story. Aged 27, Danyl entered The X Factor only to finish 4th and become a much loved contestant. Simon Cowell stated Danyl's audition was 'the best first audition' he's ever heard. Since then Danyl has continued with his music career as well as becoming an ambassador and the face of The Post Code Lottery, everyday someone will sing "someone's knocking at the door" to Danyl. It was fascinating to hear about how much work goes into both The X Factor and The Post Code Lottery behind the scenes which we as the audience don't see. It was a great honour to hear meet and interview Danyl and I can honestly say it felt like speaking to a mate. A great light-hearted episode not to be missed!
University can be a challenging time for everyone, especially those with a stutter. I myself am starting university this year, and thanks to Stop Holding Back and The Starfish Project I'm in the perfect mindset and cannot wait to get started, but unfortunately this is not the case for everyone. So, The Schofield Stories University Special is here to provide an insight and advice to people who stutter starting university, to hopefully shed some light on what seems to be a daunting time. Here we talk about non-avoidance, what to do during lectures, and what to say to your flatmates. A lot of the advice included is advice I've been giving and will be giving myself throughout the university experience, as what I'm practically doing is going in head first and not holding back, in order to embrace the whole experience, but also to share with everyone the good, the bad, and the ugly.
#10 Tom Bosworth: Speed Walking your way to The Olympics
Olympic Speed Walker/Race Walker Tom Bosworth joined me on the show to share his story. We had a great discussion about sport, mindset and how Tom went from finishing last in all his races to becoming a British and World Champion purely through training, dedication and persistence. Tom has broken and set numerous British and World Records, as you'll find out by listening more records than I could keep up with. As well as being a successful athlete, Tom made history in 2015 by being the first openly gay Team GB Track and Field athlete; so we had a great talk about what that means to Tom and how there is still a stigma surrounding sexuality and sport. It was an honour meeting Tom and wish him all the best for the Olympics in Tokyo 2021.
#9 Kane Patterson: Once an addict, always an addict?
#8 Danny Posthill: How many impressions can you fit into one podcast? (Unfiltered)
Comedian and Impressionist Danny Posthill joins me on the show to share an insight into his career as an impressionist. You may recognize Danny from getting to the final of Britain's Got Talent, as well as appearing in Panto, and touring the UK and abroad. This is by far one of the funniest episodes I've ever recorded, Danny talks about how he got into impressions, the turbulence of having a career in the entertainment industry, and some of his best and worst moments on the comedy circuit. To me, this episode felt like two mates talking and having a laugh, which is why this episode is 100% authentic as I couldn't bring myself to edit out any parts. Prepare for impressions of Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Steve Irwin, Michael McIntyre, Sylvester Stallone, Nigel Farage, Joe Pasquale, Sarah Millican, and many more...
#7 Neil Bresnan: "I never thought I could speak on a podcast..."
Neil Bresnan joined me on the show to tick off appearing on a podcast from a very special bucket list. Neil has suffered from a stutter for all his life, and therefore it has held him back in many ways, leading him to believe there are certain speaking situations Neil believed he would never be able to speak in. However, after listening to an episode of The Schofield Stories featuring speech coach Chase Gillis, Neil was encouraged by loved ones to reach out to Chase and ask for help with his speech. Fast forward down the line and Neil is doing things he never thought was possible. A few days ago I got a text from Chase (who's a good friend of mine) and stated one of his clients wants to appear on a podcast, and of course I was more than happy to help. Being given the opportunity to listen to Neil's story is truly humbling, and the fact he was a fan of The Schofield Stories, an episode inspired him to reach out, and now Neil is on as a guest himself is why not only I do what I do, but why I love it!
#6 CJ: Fall in Love with Working on your Speech
Joining me on the show for this episode was co-founder of Stop Holding Back and good friend of mine CJ (Chris Jackson). CJ came on to share his story of how his stutter had an impact on him growing up and throughout his life. We talk about the hardships about stuttering but also how it will always be worth it if you're willing to commit and be dedicated to working on your speech. CJ has got a fascinating story, from pursuing the ambition to become a professional basketball player, to setting up his own business, and of course what led him to set up Stop Holding Back; a charity that has had a great impact on so many people... myself included. Even though me and CJ have been mates for a while, this was a great chance to learn about about his story, as always I left the episode feeling inspired. Whether you have a stutter, are working on your speech, or neither, this is an episode you will be able to relate to as everyone has struggles and challenges to overcome, which is why it's important to stay humble and be understanding of everyone.
For more information on topics raised in this episode visit: https://www.stopholdingback.org/
Instagram: @stopholdingback.uk / @imchrisjackson
#5 Dane Baptiste: Don't take yourself too seriously
Comedian Dane Baptiste joined me on the show to talk about his career, being a black person in comedy, and what life was like before venturing into comedy. Dane has hosted Live at the Apollo, performed at the London Palladium, completed world-wide tours, and even had his own show on the BBC- Sunny D (Available on BBC iplayer). Dane's messages about staying humble, treating people with respect, and not taking yourself too seriously are inspiring and can relate to anyone. Stories of kindness and respect are part of the reason Dane has been so successful in his career, as well as the strong mentality and mindset he possesses. Before we even started recording, myself and Dane had a very in-depth discussion about race, and how the concept of race varies across the UK, we both shared out views and experiences , it was fascinating to hear how shielded my life has been, coming from a predominantly white Welsh valley's area compared to Dane's background. Dane did not just speak about himself, but also about equality and some key messages which everyone should hold onto. This episode has the ideal mix of comedic entertainment and serious talk. A MUST listen!
Note from the host: I have to say, Dane is an absolute gentleman and as the host, it felt like I was talking to a friend, as oppose to interviewing one of my favourite comedians.
#4 Taylor Pattinson: Anxiety is like stubbing your toe...
Host of the Waffle Shop Podcast (check it out!) Taylor Pattinson joins me on the show for a heart felt and incredibly in-depth discussion about mental health. Taylor shared some very personal stories and experiences which involve life-changing moments. Talking openly about what he has been through took a lot of strength, and I left the episode not just motivated but also with a new mate. The Waffle Shop Podcast is one of my favorites to listen to, so hearing the story behind it and where it came from was fascinating. This episode is what The Schofield Stories is all about, two men having a open and honest conversation, but most importantly having fun. Taylor has gone through and is still going through some serious hardships and struggles, but his attitude is admirable. For anyone struggling, whether it's doubt, anxiety, insecurities, whatever it is this episode is for you.
To contact Taylor, The Waffle Shop Podcast is available on all major streaming platforms, search for The Waffle Shop Podcast on Facebook, and also on Instagram at @waffleshoppodcast.
#3 Tom Price: Give yourself that bit of credit
Actor and Comedian Tom Price joined me on the show to discuss his successful career in acting and comedy. Tom is best known for playing fan-favourite PC Andy in the hit series Torchwood. Tom has taken his comedy to the Edinburgh Festival, as well as playing comedic roles in TV shows such as Tourist Trap (BBC) and Stella (Sky 1). We talk about the journey Tom took in his career, and how overcoming doubters and personal insecurities were key to his success. The mentality and mindset needed to be successful is general was something I personally took from the episode. On personal note, we also had a chat about my story and how I went from being caged by a stutter to hosting a podcast, believe me, having someone you've watched growing up show an interest in you is a pretty bizarre yet brilliant moment. Tom is a down to earth, great man who I had the pleasure of interviewing, you can't fault a conversation between two Welsh lads!
#2 Nick Dunn: Surviving 4 Years of Hell
Former Paratrooper Nick Dunn was working a security job in India, but that simple job turned into a tragedy and no doubt one of the worst miscarriages of justice in the modern day. Nick was part of the Chennai Six, six British men arrested and imprisoned for four years in India. Their crime? Nothing. These men were not falsely accused, and there was no misunderstanding, they were simply arrested for doing their jobs and because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nick joins to me to share his story, from selection for the Parachute Regiment, to extreme confrontation in a prison which nearly had dire consequences. Nick's journey of determination and mental resilience is inspiring, and put's everything into perspective, especially with the current climate. Nick's book 'Surviving Hell' is available on Amazon and from major retailers such as Waterstones and Asda. This episode left me with a lot to think about, and I cannot thank Nick enough not only for sharing his story but his service to his country. This thrilling interview, which will pull on your heart strings, is no doubt a MUST listen!
#1 Mark Colbourne MBE: How to Win with Mindset (Part 2 of 2)
Picking up from Part 1, my interview with Paralympic and World Champion Mark Colbourne MBE. Here, we talk the build up to London 2012, what it takes to be an athlete and the dedication and sacrifice that comes with it. Mark also shares how he had to overcome a significant personal loss in the build up also. If you've ever wondered what goes through someones head when they are fighting for a Gold Medal, nerves? excitement? Find out here. We also talk about after the Paralympics, meeting the royal family and many other things that the lad from the Welsh valleys never thought would happen. If you are listening, why not pop over to The Schofield Stories YouTube Channel to see not only Mark holding his Gold Medal but also to see footage from that iconic race.
#1 Mark Colbourne MBE: How to Win with Mindset (Part 1 of 2)
A special 2 Part Episode to kick off Season 2 of The Schofield Stories. I was lucky enough to have Paralympic Gold Medalist, World Record Holder, and World Champion Mark Colbourne MBE on the show. Mark joined me on the show to share how his story of how one freak accident changed his life. Despite this changing event, a by chance conversation planted a seed, a seed that grew all the way to the Team GB Men's Cycling for the mesmerizing London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. Find out who Mark Colbourne MBE really is. The man behind the Gold Medal. Listen as Mark discusses his upbringing, life before the accident, and the long relentless road to recovery. I can tell you honestly Mark is a true gentleman and has become a good friend of mine since we recorded this episode together. Unmasking Masculinity & Mental Health, here, on The Schofield Stories...
A look back...
I take a brief trip down memory lane sharing some highlights from Season 1, along with insights into the behind the scenes work of a podcast. Ever wondered how The Schofield Stories came about? or why Stamma changed to Stop Holding back in the out? or even how has this podcast changed me? Have a listen and find out along with much more. This is a special episode, seeing off Season 1 and laying the foundations ready for when The Schofield Stories returns, bigger & better!
Episode 23: Greig Trout
Season 1 finale and I've saved a great episode for last! Joining me on the final episode of the season is Greig Trout. A man who has suffered some of the most brutal and unforgiving physical & mental illnesses there is. Cancer (twice), blood clots, PTSD, and much more. Despite all this, Greig didn't let it stop him as he turned his life around to become what I can only describe as a true inspiration. A truly moving & motivating story of physical illness, mental health, a brothers love, kindness, and a trip to the corners of the earth. Greig is a true gentleman, before, during and after the interview it felt like I was speaking to a mate. I've never used the word sublime before, but this episode brought it out of me. The perfect way to end what has been an incredible season...
Episode 22: Leo Lahteenmaki
Episode 21: Aaron Toubian
Speech coach Aaron Toubian joins me on the show to talk stuttering and everything related! Aaron held himself back a lot because of his stutter and had some very difficult moments which he shares, but now Aaron is a successful communicator and speech coach. Positive, realistic episode which is worth a listen!
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Episode 20: Simon Bailey
Simon Bailey joins me on the show to not only share his story but have a great discussion about stuttering, breathing, and therapy in general. A very in-depth discussion which will be of great value to anyone listening. I really enjoyed having Simon on the show and having such a free flowing fascinating conversation.
Episode 19: James Hayden
Tedx Speaker and Author James Hayden joins me on the show to share his story. Having a stutter hasn't held James back from his career, writing a book about stuttering, or speaking on stage. An inspiring story that everyone can take something from.
Episode 18: Jeffrey Staab
Actor Jeffrey Staab joined me on the show to talk about his career and the pretty incredible life experience he's acquired over the years. You might not notice in the interview, but Jeffrey suffered from a stammer, but that didn't stop him becoming an actor who's been in 100+ films. There's some real great advice and life lessons for everyone in this episode.
Episode 17: Jessica Sikora
Bullying, depression and suicidal thoughts are a few the challenge's Jessica had to overcome on her journey. Jessica joined me on the show to share the highs and the lows of her life, and how there's always support out there and always someone listening, even when you least expect it. A truly inspiring and heartwarming story of being in some dark places, but coming out stronger on the other side.
Episode 16: Tristan Miller
Hilariously funny & inspiring episode! Comedian, writer and actor Tristan Miller joined me on the show to talk about comedy, his current work, and have a deep in-depth conversation about mental health. Tristan is successful despite suffering from Bipolar, and he share's the impact that has had. All my episodes are inspiring, but Tristan openly shared many struggles he has faced and we had a great discussion about Mental Health and all that's related. An entertaining episode with a lot of raising awareness!
Episode 15: Brandon Muffoletto
Brandon joined me on the show for a great discussion about stuttering and how importance mindset is. Sharing his own stories and experiences, Brandon talks about the transition to the person he is today, and how his speech varied at different periods on the journey to overcoming his stutter.
Episode 14: Megan Emily
Imagine being the age of 12 and thinking you're going to die... Megan joins me on the show to share her battles with a hidden disability along with all the mental health issues that come with it. As the host, I was left speechless at times during this story of strength and determination, even sometimes against all the odds. A truly inspirational journey!
Episode 13: Ramesh Summan
Teacher & Life Coach Ramesh joins to on the show to share some deep insights into the mind and the world of stammering. Sharing his story, Ramesh talks about how he is now working to helping other people who stammer grow and overcome the fear of stammering. Another great, in-depth episode!
Episode 12: Robin Popley
Writer, Actor and Singer Robin Popley joined me on the show to talk about his up-and-coming work, battles with mental health, and some of his favorite moments throughout his creative career. Another really positive guest sharing some genuinely funny and uplifting stoires!