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Collie actress Victoria Ekanoe talks to me and my money

Former Coronation Street actress Victoria Ekanoe tells me and my money how she struggled before a big break on the West End stage

Travel: Victoria Ekanoe was once paid thousands of dollars to sing in Seychelles

Actress Victoria Ecanoe struggled to make ends meet as a working actor before making a big break on London’s West End stage.

She went on to earn six digits by playing the Queen’s Secretary of the Royals and Angie Appleton on Coronation Street.

Ekanoe, 39, became a mother last week after giving birth to a boy with her partner, Johnny Romas, 32. She talked to Donna Ferguson.

What did your parents teach you about money?

When I was a baby, my parents broke up and my dad wasn’t part of my life. My sister and I were raised by a mother who is an absolute superhero.

She taught me how important it is to budget and save money for a rainy day. She was a beautician.

The money was tight as a single parent was raising two young children and trying to work at the same time. But it felt like we were against the world.

We never got into discussion about the fact that our friends couldn’t get what they had at school. We have found so much joy in other ways.

We valued what we had, so we didn’t feel like we were gone. That lesson stuck to me: you don’t have to have anything material to be happy or happy.

Have you ever had a hard time achieving your goals?

Okay. I have had a hard time for 6 years since I moved from Berry to London. At the age of 18, I wanted to devote myself to a career in singing, dancing and acting, but I had to make money to get over it.

So I went straight to work at the bar, had an evening and weekend shift, and was able to go to auditions during the day. It was a lifesaver as it paid the bill while allowing me to focus on my career.

I also worked as a personal assistant to the manager of the Chessington World of Adventures.

I lived at home with my boyfriend and three friends. Fortunately, rent was cheap in London at the time and I knew how to live and cook on a budget.

I have reduced my social life and luxury.

How did you find the will to continue?

I sometimes wondered if I had made the right decision. I missed my family and decided to go home. But my mother will tell me that there is no doubt in her mind that I will succeed. She would say, “You just pierce.” She believed in me and that made a big difference.

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Finally, about 6 years later, I took my first break. A solid and regular acting job at The Lion King. At that point, everything changed, but no matter how much I earned, I didn’t know when I would need it, so I set aside the money.

Have you ever been paid stupid money?

Okay. I worked in Seychelles. There, thousands of pounds were paid to sing for 20 minutes on stage. They skipped me and paid to stay in a great hotel. Food, drinks, transportation, everything was included. I felt like I was paid to go on a holiday.

What was the best year of your financial life?

It was 2018. While filming two TV shows, Royals and Coronation Street, I spent a lot of time playing private singing gigs.

I had to go back and forth between London and Manchester in two scripts and play two characters with different accents. Sometimes I had to shoot both in the same week. It was crazy, but I paid a 6-digit amount that year.

What is your biggest money mistake?

I didn’t buy a house in 2007 when I was in my twenties. At that time, I was wondering where to settle down, so I felt that I should know it before purchasing. Given how real estate prices have risen since then, I wish I had been more familiar with it.

The best money decision you made?

Spending £ 120 on a plane ticket to visit his French friend Johnny. He has been a friend for a long time. There was always a connection between us, but we never acted on it. Johnny has become my partner. So I think getting that ticket was the best decision I’ve ever made. It was a well-used money.

Do you want to save on your pension or invest in the stock market?

no, I will not do it. Currently, all the money I’m saving is directed to Johnny and the real estate I want to build between Nice and Monaco in southern France. Johnny works in construction and real estate and he excels in his work. Our dream is to build a home for our family, rather than remodeling it somewhere.

We plan to buy land, design homes and build everything from scratch. Johnny will be in charge of construction and I will be in charge of interior design. We want all the bricks to be in the place we choose.

The most expensive thing you bought for fun?

It was a £ 16,000 Peugeot RCZ in 2019. I bought it completely, and it was great.

Do you have a property?

No. I have moved with Johnny. When I’m in England, I stay with my family or at a hotel.

If you were the prime minister, what would you do in addition to what he did on a budget?

I will spend more money to help the homeless. No one should be homeless in this country. There is too much inequality. I’m really sad. We also want to increase funding for the NHS and raise salaries for frontline workers. They are just not paid enough considering what they are doing.

Would you like to donate to charity?

Yes, I support breast cancer prevention. It’s a big part of my life because my mother had this cancer. I donate to charity and raise money to raise awareness of that activity.

What are your top financial priorities?

If my kid wants to reach for a star, I set aside money to help him do it.

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