Gabrielle Geffroy, Senior Product Owner based in our Paris office, and her double life of Trainline and Theatre School. 

How did you get started? 

Back in 2019, I took some time off to do a week-long drama course. I knew that we were going to prepare for a performance at the end of the course, which would also serve as an audition to properly enrol in the school, but I hadn't planned to go. However, I enjoyed the week so much that when I was told I was accepted into the full programme and saw that there were evening classes, I decided to give it a try!  

What’s the main challenge?  

Keeping a good balance as it’s very demanding! We have at least 9 hours of classes a week, plus personal work and rehearsals. 

As it’s a professional school, you owe it to the other students to be present and involved. I wasn't sure I could commit the time, but I'm having so much fun that it hasn't been a problem. In a way, this activity gives me more energy than it takes, at least for my mind! My body may be a little tired though, but overall, I definitely feel more balanced now than before. 

Do you have any advice to share with others who’d like to do the same? 

Try it! I started to say to myself: If it doesn't work, you can stop at any time. It doesn't have to be all or nothing, you have the right to try and change your mind. 

Thanks to Gabrielle for sharing your story! ? 

If you're interested in finding out more, here's a link to the school website: https://www.coursflorent.fr/. And if you have any questions, please reach out directly to Gabrielle.