Equity actor takes to Gloucester streets with cardboard placard pleading: "I need work"
AN Equity accredited actor has taken to the streets of Gloucester to find work.
Matthew Sells, 38, from Stroud, positioned himself on the Cross this morning with a cardboard sign which simply said: "I need work."
He lives in a semi-detached home with his wife and two young sons, aged five and eight, but has not been able to find work.
Having left school with just a single A level Matthew readily admits he is not the best qualified person job hunting in today's tough economic climate.
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"I've had lots of different jobs in lots of different countries which isn't exactly a brilliant career record but I am hard working, adaptable and I am excellent with customer service." Matthew told TiG.
In recent years he has been leading foraging expeditions in Gloucestershire where he shows people how to find plants and fungi to eat from the environment.
He has also run a market stall selling food he has foraged but the recession has eaten away at all the trade.
"I am also a trained actor," he said, "but I'm a generic actor - look at me - people like this are a dime a dozen.
"I don't have a driving licence and I can't work computers so when I go into the employment agencies they can never find me anything."
Matthew is looking for casual work which will fit around his childcare responsibilities as his wife works full time. He can "drill holes, wait tables, write poetry and arrange flowers" but is willing to turn his hand to anything.
"It is a bit humiliating doing this," he said, "but I am at home on the streets - it's my environment so I thought I would give it a go."
If you can offer Matthew a job call him on 07530984439