Addiction: a heavy word saturating our lives these days. Narcotics, alcohol, gambling and even shopping attract this label of compulsion. Heck, you’ve most likely heard us Filskit ladies confess our helpless addiction to tea and cake, our vices of choice.

Perhaps addiction is too strong a term to bandy about, but obsession on the other hand can potentially be turned into a power source. Anyone who has tried to make it in the arts industry will know that success rarely drops into your lap. Whether it’s getting knocked back time and time again from auditions, juggling various jobs to pay the bills or even just trying to do something vaguely related to your field of interest, it’s invariably a struggle of sorts. But sometimes you just need to dig your heels in.

As a slightly tenuous reference, one member of Filskit (choosing to remain anonymous) is currently engrossed in the ‘unauthorised’ biography Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell. So far, it’s a fairly depressing read. Hardly a person you’d dub as instantly likeable, you do start to feel for the perma tanned judge, who has gone through a turbulent journey of generally downward spirals. Despite the constant setbacks over the years, Cowell has one true obsession in life. Money. You may roll your eyes at the crassness of this but it’s evidently his passion, his hunger and his ultimate drive. And look where that’s got him…

Not that we’re saying you should transform into avaricious old things but there’s an unquestionable positive to having a crystal clear goal, something that keeps you going, even when you’re exhausted, emotional, poor, and friends and family are concerned you may have disappeared off the face of the Earth. For us ladies, it’s Filskit. It’s become our love child – a slowly maturing, funny little thing which is gradually beginning to grow. We devote evenings, holidays, weekends (and seriously piss off our boyfriends), all in the name of Filskit. At the end of the day it’s what we love doing – and that’s what makes it all worthwhile.

You might not have yet identified exactly what your final goal is but as long as you have a strong belief at your core, nothing can stop you. Half the time, the only thing that’s holding you back is you – not quite sure how this has slipped into a life coaching session but go with it. Make lists, visualise your success, make decisions, do whatever it is you need to do to keep your dream alive. Stay obsessed! If you need inspiration, soak up the theatre. Do your research and it will pay dividends in the long run. But this is a long race and odds are you’re only at the start. One member of Filskit (yes, the same one reading the Simon Cowell book) was told by many not to even bother auditioning for drama school (“don’t give her ideas” and “she’ll never make it”). But those are other people’s limiting beliefs. Just for the record, she did get into drama school, received a first, has a cracking job and is now part of a lovely little partnership called Filskit. So there.

In a nutshell, there will be times where you don’t want to continue. The stuggle seems too much of an uphill challenge – and perhaps this is not the right time. But you can always take stock, try something new, pick yourself up and go back to it at a later time. Chances are, if it feels like there’s a great big gaping hole in your life, perhaps you’ve got to keep hammering away at it. It’s your life and you are writing it. Feed those obsessions and one day you could be headlining a festival, touring venues, holding talks, writing books, or whatever it is that satisfies your creativity. You can do it! In the meantime, maybe we’ll just pop this X Factor application form in the post…