30 Seconds To Greatness: Paris Lees

The award-winning writer, presenter and equality campaigner shares some words of wisdom.

As part of our #LifeHacks initiative, NME and the University of Salford are asking prominent figures from the creative industries to give an insight into their career journeys.

The ’30 Seconds To Greatness’ video series will feature a bitesize piece of advice, or a lesson learned, from people who have made it to the top in music, fashion, film, tech, and other creative industries.

This time, our words of wisdom come from Paris Lees, an award-winning writer, presenter and equality campaigner who became the first openly transgender person to appear on Question Time. She regularly contributes her working class perspective on Newsnight and Channel 4 News, and memoir, published by Penguin, is due next summer.


As part of our #LifeHacks initiative, NME and the University of Salford are also creating a year-long programme of events. The aim is to help inspire young creatives on how to get ahead in the world of work.

Our first event takes place in London on November 23. At the event, Paris Lees will be appearing on a panel called How To Effect Positive Change, one of many talks, activities and networking spaces that will be available throughout the afternoon and evening.

Get tickets to our first #LifeHacks event (including exclusive NME evening gig) with University of Salford here.