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Former 'Serious' winners give us the low-down


Larry

Larry

Larry was chosen to go on the very first Serious expedition to the Borneo jungle in 2002.

A big fan of jungle-based movies, and with a passion for outdoor pursuits - Larry knew it was the chance of a lifetime and made the most of the adventure!

Promise

Promise

Promise was in the Serious Desert team who trekked across Namibia in 2003.

Her positive attitude helped her through some tough times in the desert, but she says it was an amazing, life changing experience.

Larry and Promise tell us about how it was for them - from the selection process right through to what they got out of the trip and what they're doing now.

 

Q1. What was the selection process like and what training did you get?

The audition process was quite scary because you knew that loads of other people would be applying, and loads of kids would be really good! In the Lake District, they made us get up at 5am and jump in the water, it was freezing!
Promise - Serious Desert
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Q2. What were your first impressions of the jungle / desert? What was your first week like?

The first thing that hit me was the heat - a really hot, humid, sticky heat... there were noises coming from everywhere - insects, birds, trees, and everything seemed ten times bigger.
Larry - Serious Jungle
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Q3. How did you get on with the team members and expedition leaders?

Because we were all from different backgrounds it gave us loads to talk about! Our team leader Bruce was amazing, he is mad! He's got so much energy and he got excited about everything. Emma was like the motherly figure...
Promise - Serious Desert
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Q4. What was the high point of the trip?

Just being in that environment, it was like being on a totally different planet...
Larry - Serious Jungle
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Q5. And the low point of the trip?

One day we had to stay up all night building a camel encosure with our bare hands. It was so exhausting, we just slept the whole journey on the next day.
Promise - Serious Desert
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Q6. What did you get out of the trip? Was it a life changing experience?

It sounds like a cliché, but it actually changed my life! Before Serious Desert I didn't know where I was going or what I wanted to do, but then I saw the light and realised I wanted to work in the industry. It gave me a direction and a goal to work towards.
Promise - Serious Desert
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Q7. What are you doing now, any plans for the future?

Being around the camera crew in the jungle made me realise what a great job they had - and I decided to go on a Directors' course at Brighton Film School.
Larry - Serious Jungle
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