After losing out in the semi finals of Britain’s Got Talent, Seaford ventriloquist Sam Jones is in the middle of writing a brand new show to capitalise on his first television appearance.
He is hoping to tour the show around the UK, holiday camps or cruise ships in a bid to get closer to becoming a professional ventriloquist, comedian and magician.
As anyone who has ever read interviews with stand up comedians knows, it takes grit and determination to earn a living in this industry.
Now Sam, who is only 21, is hoping the exposure on national television will give his career just the boost he has been waiting for.
Together with his writing partner and manager Ben, they have been penning a new show which they hope to take on tour soon.
Sam said: “It’s going to be the best show we have ever had.
“I’m hoping Britain’s Got Talent will give me the chance to make a living out of it.
“I have been waiting to do this since I was four years old.”
The Sussex Express first met Sam about three years ago when he turned up at our office with writing partner Ben to promote his new show.
Sam has Tourette’s, a syndrome which causes people to exhibit tics, such as swearing or sudden twitching of the head.
The self taught ventriloquist discovered that when he was on stage it helped to control the tics.
He was diagnosed with Tourette’s aged nine.
Sam caught the magic bug when he saw a magician perform at his friend’s birthday party when he was four.
He has played gigs in Seaford, as well as some work at weddings previously.
Sam added: “It is difficult doing comedy on that show. It was a fantastic experience.
“After the whole experience at least I am known.
“I have been noticed by people in town and people even turn their heads.
“It’s probably the biggest experience of my life. Getting into the semi finals was such a proud moment for me, even though it went wrong I am still I proud I did it.”
Sam said he was disappointed with technical problems during his act which meant he was unable to give his best performance for judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams, but he is determined to bounce back and make the best of the television exposure.
He opted for ventriloquism on Britain’s Got Talent because magic had been unsuccessful for other contestants in the past, whereas ventriloquism had proved popular.