Ep 5: Mark Ordesky - Hollywood Film & TV Producer

Love What You Do

Episode 5: Mark Ordesky - Hollywood Film & TV Producer from Court Five Productions

Happiness is not a goal. Purpose and meaning are things to aspire to and if you’re going to bump into happiness, you’re more likely to bump into it pursuing purpose and meaning.

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I’m super excited about my next guest, Hollywood film & TV producer Mark Ordesky probably best known for executive producing the Oscar-winning LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. We met a number of years ago at a café I was working at – and also through mutual friends. At the time I had just finished acting in my first major feature film, and since meeting him I have always found his openness, energy and insight super interesting and up-lifting. I couldn’t miss this opportunity to share such a wealth of wisdom with you guys! Especially bc I know we’re all gunning to make a success of doing what we love.

This episode is jam packed with so much insight and practical advice you don’t wanna miss it!

No matter what industry, product or service you are in, everything he talks about can be applied and substituted for your own situation or vocation – whether you’re in fashion, coffee, architecture, small business, or creating a product…. You’ll definitely be inspired and motivated to perhaps look at another perspective.

From his thoughts on how he dealt with people suggesting that he had peaked too soon after making the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, the lessons he learned from not only his HUGE successes but more so his “failures” - you’ll understand when you hear which Hollywood movies he failed to acquire – (I loved this bit!), his beliefs about purpose,  “Mutually beneficial self interests”, and his perspective on what to do if money walked in the door right now! SOOOOO much more with great anecdotes too!

I’ll let you decide what the biggest take away from this podcast is…because there is one thing in particular Mark said, that has stuck with me since we spoke…


“I knew I loved enabling artists.”

Mark Ordesky

More info on Mark

Mark Ordesky is a film and television producer and former Hollywood studio executive.

I first met Mark in London in 2007 where he was executive producing THE GOLDEN COMPASS and INKHEART. We shared coffee regularly at Mark’s Soho local, Flat White & Milkbar (I was usually making it), and discovered we had lots of friends in common so It’s great to have him on the podcast! 

He’s probably best known for executive producing the Oscar-winning LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy – during which Mark spent the better part of five years in New Zealand supporting his friend Peter Jackson’s historic vision.  He also met his Kiwi wife, Rachel O’Connell, there. The two split their time between Los Angeles and Masterton NZ -- where they own a 10-acre “lifestyle block” – what Kiwis call a “hobby farm.” - no, not a hobbit farm, a hobby farm! ;)

 While growing up at indie studio New Line Cinema in the 90s and early aughts, Mark acquired or executive produced over 60 films, including the company’s first Best Picture nominee (SHINE) and it’s first Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival (Lars von Trier’s DANCER IN THE DARK). Mark also helped introduce Jackie Chan to U.S. audiences with the breakout hit “Rumble In The Bronx” while simultaneously championing films from cinema icons such as Terrence Malick, David Mamet, John Waters and Liliana Cavanni.  

Now for a second act, he co-runs his own independent production company (called Court Five Productions) – making film and TV content for traditional Hollywood studios and broadcasters as well as global streamers like Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon.  All this gives Mark a long view on the challenges and opportunities facing creators today.

 He jokingly refers to Hollywood as his “Bruce Wayne life” because, as Batman, he has a side hustle documenting his preparedness lifestyle design at http://readyissexy.com/. Considering that earthquakes are a regular feature of Los Angeles and Mark’s adopted New Zealand, it’s not surprising.

You don’t want to miss this episode!



SHOW NOTES: (to come)


Ep 4: Celeste Wong from The Girl in the Cafe: SOLO ROUND

Love What You Do

Episode 4: Celeste Wong from The Girl in the Cafe

“If you know what it is you want, who it is that you want to be, what your values are…you’ll naturally come back to your true self”

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I’m excited, because this is my first “solo round” and I recorded this while I was in Los Angeles.

In this episode you’ll find out a little bit about my background, whether to just dive in or be more prepared and how I learnt that challenging myself to open up has been instrumental in my life and career. You’ll hear how what I learned in one part of my life in (Specifically in hospitality) that I could apply to other parts of life too.

I firmly believe that challenging your self development is extremely important if you want to feel fulfilled in your work, within your self and in your relationships. All of these things are really important to me!

I also answer a few questions from followers on Instagram towards the end, which deal with inspiration, doubting your path, and things I would change knowing what I know now!

Please rate, review and follow, so you can continue to get content like this. Also please email or DM me if you have an questions you’d like me to to discuss in short solo rounds in the future!

You don’t miss this episode!



Ep 3. Kim Ngo from Food and Lycra


Episode 3: Kim Ngo from Food and Lycra

“Movement is not a punishment, it is an act of self love - training for your mind, balance for your body.”

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In this episode we talk about how the pressures of city work life and how being negatively body conscious was taking a toll on her health and well-being. Kim talks about how fitness and exercise was initially a major struggle! But it saved her from unhappiness and ultimately taught her the power of self-love over self-hate in sustaining motivation and achieving success.

Kim shows through her story, how important it is to know what your life philosophy is, in order for your business and personal life to succeed, grow and truly feel fulfilling. She shares some practical ideas on what she did to prepare for her shift from a job as a chartered accountant to a master trainer at 1Rebel and a nike trainer, whilst co-founding increasingly popular platform Food & Lycra.

With a Vietnamese cultural background, we relate how filial piety can add to the pressures of an “unconventional” career and of course we talk about food and her attitude towards it!

Listen to this episode for more insight into how you can open up possibilities for yourself…

Food and Lycra was founded six years ago by friends Kim Ngo, Rachel Tran and Laura Lakam which is a food and fitness platform that documented their fitness journey with the aim to help inspire women and girls everywhere to get up and get moving, to break stereotypes of what fitness looked like for women on social media - no matter what their ability and to have fun while doing it.  

With a distaste for diets, these girls are passionate about food and fitness with their motto ”we run to eat”. They can be seen traveling all over the globe doing events where they are moving their bodies to promote fitness alongside eating all sorts of decadent foods!

Kim who’s background is in maths and accounting which was her day job until she turned what she loved into her business. Her story is inspiring because she made sacrifices to create and make her everyday life enjoyable, full-filling and lucrative. She is now a PT, Master Trainer at 1Rebel, Nike trainer and inspiring women all over the London and beyond to get off their butts, eat what you want (with a decent lashing of greens) and feel good doing it!

Even though at times through Food & Lycra, they often feel the common “impostor syndrome”, she is positive that this is what makes them and their messages so relatable because they are just like you and me. They are not promoting ‘bikini bodies’, but encouraging people to have fun through movement and enjoying life through different food.

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Look at your life, not just your career.

Kim Ngo, Food & Lycra



  1. Think about your next commute: Walk it instead, or get off a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the route.

  2. Use the stairs instead of the lift

  3. Walk’n talk: Suggest that your next work meeting be a walking meeting. Get out of the office, walk outside, walk to a cafe together or if you’re bold go for a running meeting!


  1. Fibre: Leafy greens, which will produce good gut bacteria, like broccoli, kale, morning glory, ocra (ladys fingers) asian greens

  2. Protein: which are muscle builders

  3. Carbs: Don’t cut these out but eat in moderation.

**Drink lots of water! 2 litres. More if you are hot and working out. Especially if you drink a lot of coffee! (Hydrate before caffeinate)

Kim on changing your attitude and perception around food and exercise

"Start seeing movement as a reward not a punishment. Changing your mind frame will change your attitude towards exercise and you will likely do more of it!



Ep 2: Sarah Akwisombe from No Bull Business School



“If you’re constantly letting yourself down…how are you ever going to believe in yourself that you can achieve anything?”

In this episode we talk about what success and entrepreneurship means to her and how redefining it regularly is key in helping you achieve your goals.

Sarah gives practical tips on how to make £10k more a year, what you must do before you start any brand or business and the realities of running a business with your husband.

With her refreshing, no bullshit approach to life and business Sarah also identifies the key problems she believes is really holding women back from pursuing what they love….

Listen to this episode for more of her straight talking gems and experience!


Sarah Akwisombe is a double award winning blogger and interior stylist born and raised in Croydon. After getting fired from her boring, high pressured office job she decided to follow her gut, take the plunge and try to get into interiors. 

Since then she has assisted some of the best stylists in the industry and worked for some of UK's biggest homeware brands, like M&S, Dwell, BHS, Paint by Conran and DFS. Her love for interior design had always been strong, although she realise it until she purchased her first art deco flat with her husband and gave it a complete makeover! Documenting this, her flat was so admired by friends and followers. she endeavoured to work as much as possible as an interior stylist. But as an added by-product of this journey, she realised that others might be struggling with change of careers too!  So she also started The No Bull Business School (@NoBullSchool) – which are online courses specifically to help women build a“kick-ass”business and brand which is something she is equally passionate about…

Always fiercely creative and living a life with no boundaries or restrictions and having married at a very young age of 19, she came to a crossroad where she had to ask herself some hard questions about what she really wanted for her life - this has shaped the successful woman she has become today.

But is being a “crazy creative” with a million ideas, running a rapidly growing business with your husband and baby number two on the way all it’s cracked up to be?

….listen for more of her inspiring story along with great insights from her life experiences in this podcast.

“It’s not that difficult to make money. It’s a lot about how you think -

your mindset.”

Sarah Akwisombe



  1. A good sofa - because you spend so much time on it, and it’s always on show.

  2. A really good mattress - because again you spend so much time in bed. Eve is one of her favourite brands.

  3. Art work - because even if your walls are white, but you pick out artwork that you like it will always make a room look cool.


  • Ebay - you can find everything on there especially vintage or antiques and one offs - like discontinued curtains, light fixtures etc. It’s where Sarah always shops first.


  1. Test your idea on people who don’t know you. Work out if there’s a market for it. Eg: make a bunch of product and open a market stall, or create a website and sell the product to see if people will pay cold hard cash.

  2. Be serious from the beginning. Work out your finances, get an accountant, work out how much you need to sell each month, do sales projections from the beginning…then you’ll have more chance of doing well.

  3. Be really clear about what you do and who you do it for. Be consistent with the message - don’t try to appeal to everyone.




Big thank you to @JamesLove_music for my music mix!

Ep 1: Tara Viggo from Paper Theory


Episode 1: Tara Viggo from Paper Theory

“Your intentions mean nothing…your actions mean everything.”

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In this episode we talk about rejection, grit, what to do when you are disillusioned about the very industry you held up so high?

We also talk about how your ideas, intentions and beliefs mean nothing if it’s not backed up by your work and every area of your life through ACTION.

Listen to this episode for more of her great storytelling…

Tara Viggo is originally from the Cook Islands, she grew up in  NZ (where Im from too though that’s not how I know her!). She has been living and working in London as a pattern cutter for almost 12 years right across the industry from High street stalwarts like Top Shop and All Saints to luxury catwalk brands like J. W Anderson, Erdem, Nicole Fahri and Roland Mouret. She has achieved many things, but it’s this breadth of experience has given her insight and expertise into how the fashion industry works and fuelled her desire to SLOW. FASHION. DOWN…by going back to basics and creating her own online brand by helping sewers create an ethical and sustainable wardrobe with contemporary downloadable patterns that is blowing up on instagram under her brand @Paper_Theory

Not a stranger to hard graft, she had many barriers to push through to get to the top of the fashion industry, by out-working everyone, and being better than her competition. Once she got to the “pinnacle" of success in such a highly sought after industry, she realised that it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

Her transition from working for someone else to owning her own successful business that focuses on sustainable, ethical fashion that is culturally diverse and size inclusive. Her business has grown about 300% in 5 months which is nothing short of amazing. But this is down to putting action into her ideas and beliefs. But how does this translate to her personal life? Is she winning in that area too…?

….listen for more of her inspiring story.

“Action is the only thing that will make a difference and it’s not just in business”

Tara Viggo @paper_theory

Show Notes:

Three practical things we can do to be more socially conscious:

  1. Look at your actual consumption as a whole and do the personal work. We can’t buy our way out of the problem. Learning to buy nothing is key. Start to question your thinking. For example, why do you need a new dress for a new occasion - and look at why you think this way.

  2. Wash your clothes less - chemicals found in fish isn’t just from plastics, its from plastic fibres washed out in clothes. Clothes last longer, then you need to buy less.

  3. Wear natural fibres over synthetic fibres. Linen is the best.

Some ethically sustainable brands that Tara thinks are great :

  • Fashion Revolution - an informative platform for sustainable development goals @fash_rev

  • Bare Boutique - BARE is a line of basics and underwear made with bamboo. Designed in Naarm, Australia and made in Bali. @bare.boutique

  • Kowtow Clothing Usually Tara buys vintage denim because denim is so bad for the environment, but Kowtow is a label that she has discovered that uses renewable and sustainable fibres and ethical manufacturing to deliver collections that are utilitarian, minimal and carry an understated sense of femininity. @kowtowclothing

  • Sunski Sunglasses Is a new brand that Tara has discovered this brand that makes polarised sunglasses out of recycled plastic! @sunski I actually own some myself, and I LOVE them!!

#Builttoresist Eastpak supporting independent women with strong voices.

Big thank you to @JamesLove_music for my music mix!