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Actor Lawrence Ray sees himself as a business entity and uses technology to market his brand all over the world.

USA born Lawrence, who has appeared in Channel 4s The Book Group, has his own website that ensures he can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

His IT skills have been honed thanks to Tottenham Hale training centre, Valleymedia which is part of The College of North East London.

I think I have done every course they have got to offer, says the 28 year old, who is now based in North London but who has lived and worked all over the world.

Valleymedia, which offers free IT support to small, local businesses, offers training in areas such as website design, desk top packaging, presentation skills, design software, database management as well as basic word processing and computer skills.

What’s great about it is that I can use the internet to keep in personal contact with my agents and other contacts all over. I now have a database with over 700 people on it.

I keep all my accounts, my taxes, bills and job details all stored on-line so I am always well organised.

Lawrence, whose other credits include touring with Alan Bates in Dorian Gray, The Elton and Enfield Show on BBC, plus three series of German sitcom Extr@, has recently updated his website to include audio and video clips as well as a gallery of promotional shots.

He says the Valleymedia Centre, which is based in The Technopark, Ashley Road, is a very welcoming place. The people who work here are so nice, very helpful and willing to point you in the right direction.

The standard of the equipment is very high, the work areas are very spacious and there is even a cyber cafe so you can take a break. It’s been a great help to me and it’s one of my first ports of call when I return from working trips.

You can visit Lawrences website at www.lawrenceray.com

 

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