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Banker to filmmaker: 'The parties got bigger, the amounts I was gambling got bigger'

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IN A CORPORATE driven society where dreams are the size of our monthly salary, I was one of those chasing that particular dream.

Amid maxed out gold cards, late night fancy parties and growing depression, there were two particular incidents that led to me leaving a safe career in finance and gambling everything on the dream of becoming a movie director.

Something was missing

I graduated in 2001 with an honours degree in Commerce and quickly became the youngest qualified tax consultant in the country. I got a job as a finance manager with one of Ireland’s leading banks.

I had made it, but yet I felt something was missing.

In 2004 the first incident occurred that made me start to question things. After a long struggle with cancer my mother passed away. A personal downward spiral began.

The parties got bigger, the amounts I was gambling got bigger. They needed to get bigger as I was looking for a distraction. A distraction from the infamous black dog that was creeping into my life.

One Christmas, after spending two weeks alone in bed, I asked myself: “What have I done in the........

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