#50 - My Father and Biggest Inspiration - Paul Elliott, World Renowned Theatre Producer

My 50th every episode of The Inspiration Space is not any normal one. I recorded this one on the stage of the Phoenix Theatre with my biggest inspiration… my father. Paul Elliott has been in show business, a notoriously cut throat industry, for over 60 years. He is best known for being a producer and has had shows all over the world and with some of the biggest stars.

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The theme of his career, which can be read in his memoirs 'Keeping My Balls In The Air’, is really about never ever giving up. As he quotes in this episode ‘What separates the men from the boys is the ones who never stay down on the canvas…’

As an individual who battled with mental health for prolonged periods in my early 20’s, all I ever had to do was look at the incredible example he has set for me. His work ethic has been, and still is, exceptional. However what sets him apart in my eyes is intensity for what he does, his passion and enthusiasm is infectious. This was one of the best 45 minutes of my life because it encapsulated all of his brilliance. Also doing my 50th ever episode with the person that was heavily responsible for getting me to start it was a special feeling. It is only a small victory getting to my 50th episode but what is life you can’t celebrate the small wins.

What this episode has in store for you:

  • A brief insight into his childhood… was all this instrumental in leading you to a 60 year career in show business?

  • I ask him about his work ethic and get up and go attitude. Where on earth it came from? 

  • The timing of this episode was huge as he has just released his memoirs and had his “Retirement Party”, the latter being a complete lie. I ask him about the segment below that was in the first chapter of his memoirs. I ask him what those words mean to him….

    “My ambition was always to try as hard as I could to be an entertainer - to take an audience into a world outside of their own and to have them leave a show that I had been involved in creating, with a feel good factor and a spring in their step.”

    He talks us through the importance of this statement and why specifically that was something he always wanted to do? He explains the beauty of doing that to someone - taking them outside of their lives into a different world for a short amount of time.

  • He tells me a little bit about what the 60’s and 70’s like in show business.

  • In his memoirs he talks about one of the lowest moments he had in show business / his life - 1959 New Years Eve.  He was 26.

  • He talks about his business partner of 50 years+, Duncan Weldon. He tells us a little bit about the dynamic of their partnership and why it worked so well.  

  • About you which must be mentioned is that you have operated in show business for 60 years.  You’ve managed this with multiple technological changes and also a change of how things have been done on a day to day basis - you used to do deals with a handshake... for example.

  • One of the most amazing things about him which must be mentioned is that he has operated in show business for 60 years. He has managed to adapt along with multiple technological changes and also a change of how things have been done on a day to day basis - he used to do deals with a handshake... for example.

  • He has had some mind blowing setbacks in his 60 years yet has ended out on top!? He explains this mindset to us - how he has always managed to bounce back.

  • Who has had the biggest impact on his and why?

  • The most unbelievable performer he’s ever worked with and why?

  • The best piece of life advice he has ever been given?

  • I asked him the following question - If you could tell your 20 year old self something about life what would it be?

This is a phenomenal episode. if you would like to watch it live via my Youtube channel then please click the link below. Not one to miss.