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JB Gill rose to fame as a member of one of the UK’s biggest boybands ‚Äì JLS. They dominated the charts for five years, boasting 5 number 1 singles, over 10 million record sales worldwide and a multitude of awards. Two years ago, JB set up a farm in the Kent countryside, where he lives with his wife, Chloe and two-year-old son, Ace. Their smallholding successfully produces awards winning KellyBronze turkeys and rears free-range pork. Now an established member of the farming community, JB has used his success within the entertainment industry to highlight his passion to educate children about the origins of their food and is the lead presenter on CBeebies’ BAFTA-nominated television series “Down On The Farm’ (created for children aged 0-6 years, teaching them about life on the farm and in the outdoors). JB’s enthusiasm for farming life and knowledge of countryside issues has seen him regularly contribute to BBC’s “Countryfile’ and “Springwatch’. JB has recently become the first ambassador to the Mayors’ Fund for London, an independent, social mobility charity, linked to the mayoral office, seeking to empower young Londoners from all walks of life in their journey onto London’s career ladder. JB has also launched a diploma course at Sheffield College, “JB’s School of Entertainment Industries’, which teaches those enrolled a vast array of skills required to embark on a career in the entertainment industry.


00:00 | Trailer
02:04 Brian’s thoughts on the episode
05:29 Brian’s Introduction
06:04 A Renaissance Man at thirty
09:12 Conflict of passions for a cool teenager
15:26 Wanting to be the best he can be
16:41 Growing up in Brixton, London
19:04 JLS setting a work ethic from the beginning
24:51 Deferring theology degree to follow his dream
27:27 Team work on early important managerial decisions
29:30 Key factor to JLS success after X-Factor
35:50 Accessibility is essence of music and other industries
37:42 The highs and lows of being the hardest working band in the industry
42:40 What an aspiring musician needs to understand about the music industry
45:29 Deciding their JLS time was over
48:32 Biggest and most mature decision anyone can make as an individual is when to stop
51:47 The part his Christian faith plays in JB’s life
53:16 Why and how JB transitioned into becoming a farmer
58:05 The ethics of his farm
59:21 Disconnection between our food and its production
1:01:46 JB’s views on hunting
1:04:17 Why JB cannot be defined by one aspect of his life
1:07:51 Are the choices he makes to take on varied challenges a calculated risk
1:11:45 How JB deals with fear
1:14:06 Success secrets
1:14:33 JB’s food, farming and personal goals over the next ten years
1:17:31 Pattern between his success and his planning
1:19:28 Phone call the 20 year old JB
1:31:30 Best advice ever received
1:22:18 To the 20 year old who wants to get into the music industry
1:23:05 Brian’s summing up.


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