2020 has been such a strange year, hasn’t it?! On the one hand, it has felt like time has stood still. On the other, it feels like we’ve blinked and missed it! 

For me, it’s been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster – and I am sure a lot of you can relate when I say that. There have been times where I’ve just sat and cried, and wondered how I am going to get through this. Equally, though, there have been times where I really have been ecstatically happy, proud, and in awe of everything that my own kids, and the many we teach at Starz Drama School, have achieved. 

This year has also given me time to focus on parts of my business that – I’ll be quite honest here – had kept falling down the “to do” list. And it’s enabled me to work on some of the plans that I’ve long had for Starz, and to turn those dreams into reality. 

Don’t stop believing

When I started Starz Drama School back in 2014, I had a simple mission. I wanted to bring the magic of drama and performing arts to children, without incurring huge costs for their parents. I wanted to do this because performing arts had always played a hugely important role in my own life, and the skills that I learned as a result of it delivered benefits in many aspects of my life. As a mum myself, I knew that, all too often, the cost of enrolling my own children into drama classes was – quite frankly – prohibitive. Surely, I thought, performing arts was something that every boy and girl should have the opportunity to enjoy? Well, that was what led me to embark on my Starz Drama School mission… and I’ve never looked back!

Six years on, and many of the children who started with me back in 2014 are still attending classes today. I’ve seen them grow in so many different ways, and I love that I’ve been able to play a role here. This is, by far, the biggest marker of success for me. 

I’ve also seen more and more children join. I’ve taken on new team members. Grown the range of classes we offer. Started offering these classes in new locations across County Durham, Wearside, and North Yorkshire. It’s been incredible, and I am so glad that I followed my heart and did this!

Shine bright, Starz

I’m passionate about bringing the benefits of drama and performing arts to as many children as possible. I really do believe – so, so strongly – in the incredible benefits that it brings, and the hugely incredible role it plays in a child’s development. The question of “how” I do this has been one I have asked myself many times. It’s perhaps fair to say that I have procrastinated a little – dragged my heels, so to speak. I let myself believe that this next step was too big. I dwelled on all the things that might ‘go wrong’, and I let that get in the way of pursuing my dream. Well, 2020 has changed that (turns out it does have a silver lining after all!). I’ve been working hard behind the scenes, and I am ready for 2021 – ready to make it the year that Starz Drama School goes national!

C’mon, Kym! Tell us your plans!

OK, OK! I’ll get to the point! Starz Drama School is going to be franchising!

This is such an incredibly exciting step for me, and I can’t tell you how hard I have been working to make this happen. I’ve been working with a team of experts – people who know the franchise market, and the children’s activity sector inside-out. Together, we’ve rebuilt the website – tah dah! – we’ve created exciting franchise packages, we’ve documented everything that makes Starz Drama School successful and turned it into a blueprint for others to follow… I won’t lie, some of these things have been outside of my comfort zone but I am so, so excited about what is to come!

What’s next

You’re hearing this news first here, and I wanted to share it with you all before I start shouting it from the rooftops! This is because it’s you guys who have supported me over the last few years, and you’ve given me the confidence to do this – and for that, I am incredibly grateful. 

I also wanted to tell you first as I’d love to find our first Starz franchisee from within our existing family. So, I wanted to give you all the first opportunity to get in touch and have a chat. Maybe you’re looking for a a change, maybe you want something that offers more flexibility, maybe you just see how much fun I and the rest of the Starz team have and you want a piece of the action!

If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in joining our team as a franchisee, then please do let me know. I would love to hear from you, and I really hope that you’re as excited about this as I am!

You can find out more about our new franchise opportunities in our new brochure, which you can download here

That’s a wrap!

All that remains for me to say is that I wish you all a very, very merry Christmas. And here’s to a happy, healthy, and very shiny new year!

Kym x