FIVE MINUTES WITH: Ebbw Vale toast artist Nathan Wyburn

PORTRAIT: Nathan Wyburn with his portrait of ‘Ginger Spice’ Geri Halliwell, done in ground ginger

PORTRAIT: Nathan Wyburn with his portrait of ‘Ginger Spice’ Geri Halliwell, done in ground ginger

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EBBW Vale toast artist Nathan Wyburn was a 2011 Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist and recently held an exhibition in Ebbw Vale.

If you had to be stuck in a lift with someone, who would it be and why?

Anastacia. She is one of my idols, a great inspirational woman. I’ve been a huge fan for ten years, I’d love to meet her one day.

What is your biggest fear?

Clowns, they terrify me. I can’t pinpoint what it is, but it’s the nice happy smiley ones, not the horrible scary ones, maybe it’s because they are constantly hiding behind an eerie smile.

Do you have any superstitions?

I always salute magpies, and I do believe in ghosts, but it doesn’t scare me.

If you could have only one song on your iPod, what would it be and why?

Anastacia – You’ll Never Be Alone. That song helped me through some tough times growing up, it’s powerful, emotional and always makes me smile.

What’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought, not including property?

I’m really careful with money, but probably a £250 leather jacket, which I wear all the time.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

That big life changing moments happen, and there’s often nothing you can do about them. We are not puppets to that, it’s what we do afterwards that counts and shows us who we are.

What’s your indulgence?

Fried chicken, I absolutely love it, if I’m ever down, that’s what I turn to! Haha!

What item could you not live without?

At the end of the day I could live without the obvious answers of my laptop, my phone, my car... yes, my career would probably hit rock bottom without those things, but I genuinely believe that as long as I’ve got my family I could live through anything life throws at me.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?

I’ve always said I’d like to be a lot fitter. Maybe make more effort to get up and go for a jog each morning like I did as a teenager, it would help me focus on my work more, but I’m just out of routine the past few years.

Where are you next going on holiday?

I don’t have anything booked right now. I potentially have a commission job for a chocolate factory in Saudi Arabia within the next few weeks, so that would be fun. However, I’d love to go to Japan sometime soon! I love how enthusiastic the Japanese are, I think my wacky artwork would go down well out there.

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