20 Dec 2017

Why I: Five creatives, five inspiring stories

We look back at our series of ‘Why I…’ films, from Gaga’s accessory designer to an ex-rugby player turned dancer.

For our series of films, Why I…, we met 5 creatives from Hull to find out what inspires their art, whether it be performance, writing or design. 

Each video aims to tell hidden stories and inspire others to delve into creative fields as well as inspire those already working in these areas. 

Here, we take a look back at their stories.  



Dancer, Jon Beney had focused mainly on his rugby career since the age of 16, but after suffering from a head injury playing for Hull Kingston Rovers, his rugby career was cut short. Through this injury, he’s now rediscovered his love of dance and went on to train at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Jon currently teaches dance in Hull.

The first film in the series, Why I Movetold the incredible story of Hull dancer, Jon Beney.




Lara Jensen is the lady behind just some of the stunning designs worn by the biggest musicians in the world, such as Kylie Minogue and Lady Gaga. She’s even created custom-made wings for one of Ed Sheeran’s videos and worked with bands such as The Rolling Stones. 

Lara has been creating art since the age of 12 and originally thought she would end up as a fine artist. However, millinery soon took over. Lara prefers to describe herself as a creative, rather than just a milliner. 

For the second in our Why I… series, Why I Create we visited Lara Jensen in her London studio to discover how her work helps her stay focused and how helping others gives her purpose.



If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a theatre director, Mark Babych is the man to ask. 

Mark has directed a wide range of shows including Mighty Atoms (named after the nickname of Hull boxing legend Barbara Buttrick), Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis and Educating Rita as well as A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, inspired by his parents experience fleeing Ukraine to start a better life. 

For the third in our Why I… series, Mark tells talks to us about the importance of creating stories that resonate with people and how his parents experience of fleeing Ukraine led him to write and direct A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian – a play close to his heart.



Singer Lyn Acton, is the lead singer in Pearl’s Cab Ride, a funk and soul band from Hull. 

Lyn has been in involved in music from the age of 13 and has lived her dream through singing her whole life.  

Sadly, Lyn lost her son Jack (Cosmo) six years ago – this has led Lyn to lean further into her music. She likes to refer to the stage as her ‘happy place’, where she is transformed back to the Lyn ‘from before’. 

For the fourth in our Why I… series, Why I Sing, we met up with Lyn to find out what inspires her to sing and to hear her moving story. 

You can listen to Pearl’s Cab Ride online or check them out on facebooktwitter and soundcloud.



The acting world can be a tough industry at the best of times – but actor Alice Beaumont knows to take it all in her stride. 

After graduating from Arts Ed in 2010, Alice has gone on to work closely with Hull based theatre companies such as Silent Uproar and MiddleChild 

Back in June 2017, Alice starred in MiddleChild’s All We Ever Wanted Was Everything as ‘The Asteroid’ – a play which gained five star reviews and was praised by The Telegraph and The Stage. 

For our fifth Why I… film Why I Act we spoke to actor Alice Beaumont on why she acts and her thoughts on the acting world.  


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