Presentation and communication skills trainer uses her acting talent
AS an actress, Bridget McCann has had an assortment of jobs through the years waiting for that next role.
Among them waitress, cleaner, hotel receptionist and antiques seller.
She worked in her parents Aberdeen gift shop, Nova from the age of 11 and ended up running it for 15 years with her husband Rob.
The pair eventually moved to Glasgow to secure more acting work for Bridget.
It was then she realised she could combine teaching, acting and her business acumen by helping people with presentation and communication skills.
Bridget, who trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, said: "My business is a natural extension in many ways to my stage life.
"I offer acting tips without the drama that can help people transform the way they communicate, to present with style and confidence while staying in control.
"Recently, my working week has been rather curious, I suppose, as I attended daily a high profile murder case in Glasgow. Im working with High Court judges and lawyers so I wanted to get a better feel of a courtroom atmosphere and the way lawyers behave and so on.
"This helps me prepare in-depth for the seminars I run. In advance of one, I meet the clients, learn what they hope to achieve through working with me and then I script a series of role-playing scenarios where people can work through how they talk, walk and carry themselves."
Bridget's training is not aimed solely at legal eagles and high fliers though.
She also works with nervous interviewees, anxious public speakers, receptionists and people whose new jobs mean they need to make presentations.
Bridget, who has appeared in River City and Still Game, said: "Communicating effectively, public speaking, giving presentations or responding at interviews doesnt come naturally for everyone and can be real knee-knocking, sweaty palm events with sleepless-nights not unusual in the run-up," said Bridget.
"It's not easy for people to let go, so part of the job is putting them at ease and re-assuring them that they are not going to embarrass themselves in the role-playing. I always check how they are feeling."