MOST people in their 20s are only just getting their foot on the career ladder, but Hayley Medwell is an exception to the rule.
The 26-year-old is using all her experiences in the film industry to open her own performing arts school in
Uxbridge, under her company, called OnRoute Entertainment.
She said: "Kids can come here and learn every-thing about performing and the enter tainment industry.
"At most performing arts schools you can only do one or two things but here you can come in and do the whole lot. You can sign up as a member and do unlimited classes."
The school, in Wallingford Road, held an open day on Monday to show off the wide range of courses on
offer including all different types of dance, singing, acting, post-production, music, filmmaking, music-producing, creative writing and stunt training.
Next month, Hayley, who lives in Tudor Way, Hayes, is also planning to start a beginners' course in free running.
Hayley is hoping to attract people from a wide range of ages and abilities.
She said: "We're going to hold adult classes in the evenings and I've also been approached by a young offenders' group who want to come here in the day time.
"We've got wheelchair access to the school as well because we want to work with special needs children and I want to hold classes for the over 60s. We don't want to isolate anyone."
There will also be a careers advisor on hand at the school because Hayley is keen to encourage all her students to go into further education.
"I strongly believe that if you want to do something in life then do it. There's no stopping you. As long as you put the time and work in, you're guaranteed to get something out of it," said Hayley, who is a shining example of that ethic.
Five years ago she travelled to Los Angeles to study at the New York Film Academy based at Universal Studios for three months.
"It opened my eyes to the industry. I wanted to write films and direct and going there made me realise I could do it. It encouraged me and pushed me on," she explained.
"I've always wanted my own performing arts school and film and production company so I could provide opportunities for others.
"There are a lot of talented kids out there and no where for them to go.
"The school will give them the opportunity to find out if they want to pursue a career in the entertainment industry."
For a 26-year-old, Hayley has achieved a lot in her life, but she says you have to do things when you are younger because you have no commitments.
She said: "I wanted to do it now because I'm not tied down
to anything. If I was older, I think I would have been more nervous about doing it. When you are young you just bite the bullet and go for it.
"My five year goal is to have schools set up across the UK and I want to get it over to the States as well."
* For more information call Hayley on 07762 745362, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.onrouteentertainment.co.uk .