Yes You Can Have It All*

*This is a collaborative post*

Are you are mum? Do you have a burning desire to do something but you're at a loss as to what? Are you passionate about all things singing and dancing? 

If you answered yes to the above then grab a brew and read on as I think this might be right up your street!

If you haven't heard of Make Believe then let me give you a little introduction. Founded by Joel Kern in 2004, Make Believe have fifty schools in and around London, Australia and most recently Manchester, teaching youngsters the basic skills in the performing arts. 

Kern, who started Make Believe aged fifteen by teaching five students to sing, dance and act, has seen the company grow into one of the most exciting performing arts companies with around 3,500 children enjoying the after-school classes on a weekly basis. And with a raft of talent coming out of the Make Believe Talent Agency (including youngsters landing roles in West End musicals, TV shows and adverts) the future is looking very bright for the Ilford-based producer who won the Federation of Small Business Young Entrepreneur of the year for South East England award. 

The Make Believe head office is now based at The Stratford Circus Theatre, home to the 2012 Olympics.   

So how does it work? 

As a mum it can be difficult trying to juggle work with family life. No parent wants to compromise on their care giving if they can help it. Sometimes when you're rushed off your feet running around after your kids 24/7 it can also be easy to feel as if you've lost some of your identity. Having a career or a goal to work towards is a great way to reclaim this.

If you are contemplating returning to work or fancy the idea of having flexible hours whilst still working in a rewarding environment, then running a part-time theatre school with a Make Believe franchise could be the perfect career opportunity for you. 

An ideal choice for busy mums as you won't have to give up looking after your own children, Make Believe are currently searching for more mums across the UK. You won't necessarily need to invest a large amount of money to become a manager of your own theatre school either. Provided that there is available franchise territory in your area you could soon be on your way to opening a Make Believe branch.

Don't let fear hold you back...

It can be a scary prospect returning to work after taking time out let alone considering trying something new, but there's plenty of support on hand and training available. All that's really required is prior experience of working with children so don't panic if you have no dance or singing background as you won't actually be doing any of the teaching. (Managers aren't permitted to do so.) You will however get to recruit teachers of your choosing but Make Believe will need to carry out all required checks. 

If you're curious then why not look into this opportunity further? There's plenty more information available on the website or perhaps send an email to 

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