The career path of a performer can be quite rocky. With little stability and a huge amount of competition for each job, trying to find financial stability can be very challenging.
For those performers who want to move on in their career, but stay in an industry in which they love, finding a long-term option in which they can make life plans is often high on the agenda.
A theatre school franchise, with almost 50 schools throughout the UK, has many retired performers as Principals. Through franchising, they have found a rewarding long-term career path and continue to grow their own schools and offer many opportunities for their students.
As a former professional dancer and singer, Charlotte joined Razzamataz as a teacher in 2005 and was later promoted to be a manager. Having seen the success of the schools, she decided to open her own Razzamataz in 2007, when she became a franchisee.
"The development of Razzamataz and the way it moves with the times has really kept me motivated. The Head Office team is always finding new opportunities for us to pass to our students and the amazing training and development that is on offer allows me to make my goals a reality."
Helen Bell has been the franchise owner of Razzamataz Sheffield for more than five years although she started out as a singing teacher for the company back in September 2008. For Helen, who now combines being a theatre school Principal with caring for her newborn son, the opportunities that she has seen throughout her years are inspiring.
"I keep myself and my students motivated by creating lots of new opportunities for them to enjoy. This is further supported by the work that Head Office do and in recent years, the students of Razzamataz Sheffield have been lucky enough to be involved with performing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End, Disneyland® Paris and participating in guest workshops with Ashely Banjo from Diversity. Next year, we are delighted to be part of the cast performing at the Indigo 02, which is a first for Razzamataz and very exciting for our whole team."
Lauren Kirkbride began her time with Razzamataz as a student aged 11. She then went on to work as a teacher in 2011 and also two seasons with the First Choice Razzamataz team overseas. In September 2015, Lauren got the opportunity to take over the Penrith school.
"Being able to provide a range of opportunities to our students keeps me passionate about my school. From a student singing a solo for the first time to performing in the Disneyland® Paris pre-parade, it’s amazing to be able to create memories for them and build their confidence and self-belief."
For new franchisees, Razzamataz has a special offer of just £7,995 (£2,000 saving) to launch a Razzamataz theatre school.
Many people have have found a rewarding long term career through franchising with Razzamataz Theatre Schools.
Nick Furlong and Gemma Hextall bought Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield in June 2015.
Jessica Chandler Smith has seen her Razzamataz franchise in Brentwood achieve huge success in just a few short weeks.
Lauren Kirkbride joined Razzamataz Theatre Schools as a student and now runs her own franchise.
The new Principals at Razzamataz are all set for their September openings after completing a week long extensive training session.
Shanley Booth launched Razzamataz Derby in 2007 and has renewed her franchise agreement for a further five years.
Michael French launched Razzamataz Barnet in April 2012 and has recently renewed his franchise agreement for a further five years.
Debbi Ledwith, Principal of Razzamataz Newbury, launched her school to allow her to spend more time with her three children.
Proving that age is really just a number, Pam Dixon, has run her Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchise since 2008.
Charlotte Young, the Principal of Razzamataz West Cumbria first became a franchisee in October 2006.
The Razzamataz Theatre Schools network continues to grow with the launch of two new London schools as well as a school in the North East.
At Razzamataz's recent training week, three new franchisees who have bought franchise re-sales, joined the franchisees who are launching in new territories.
Razzamataz have a number of franchisees who are either former teachers or combining part-time teaching with being a Razzamataz franchisee.
Buying into a franchise is an excellent way to begin running your own business. You have all the benefits of working for yourself but the added support and proven success of a well established and recognised brand. For a person new to business, it is ideal.Helen Green, Razzamataz Sheffield
The support and training we get means that we can get help on any aspect of our business. It has also been a fantastic and rewarding way of working, allowing me to continue to be there for the family while running my own business.Lisa Roberts, Razzamataz Rickmansworth
I specifically wanted to go for a franchise, and in particular Razzamataz because of the support from Head Office and other Principals. This is a network of theatre school owners so you are in business for yourself but not by yourself.Alison Beveridge, Razzamataz Durham.
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