Former Coronation Street actress and Strictly Come Dancing star Georgia May Foote has been keeping busy during lockdown and is now a qualified nail technician.
The 30-year-old actress shared the wonderful news with her fans and followers on Instagram and she was clearly delighted with her achievement.
Georgia even got given a certificate to show off having officially trained with Bace Academy, who are the creators of G.Y.O Nail System, reports The Mirror.
In the post Georgia shared a photo of her proudly holding her certificate with a beaming smile to go with it.
Knowing that the news of her new qualification may cause fans a little confusion Georgia wrote a long message to go with the photo explaining that she had not turned her back on acting.
In fact Georgia decided to train as a nail technician to help her cope with anxiety.
She began her post: "Ok so this is a very different post for me but please…. hear me out.
"I have been an actress for 22 years of my 30 year life and i wouldn't change it for the world. And i never will.
"I recently qualified as a nail technician and i am super proud of myself for the reason i am about to explain."
Georgia continued: "I have had people asking if i am quitting acting, if my work has dried up, if i am skint. The answer to all of the above is HELL NO.
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"I have just filmed the job of my dreams as Falista on The Outpost, how could i ever ever turn my back on the thing i love more than life? I will NEVER give up acting but let me tell you why i am now doing nails in my downtime from acting….
"I have struggled with anxiety for many years. As an actress we receive a lot of rejection, followed by massive celebrations. Then ran off our feet, to long periods of nothing. I have learnt this 'nothing' is when my self esteem drops the most. I lose confidence and i get bloody sad."
The former soap star added: "As a creative person who loves having her nails done, i thought 'why not fill my days making other people feel good, pushing my artistic side and feeling productive?'
"I have no shame to put pride aside to put my mental health first. And neither should anyone else or even feel judged for doing so.
"So yes. I am Georgia May Foote the actress still chasing her dreams. But i am also Georgia May Foote who does bloody amazing nails and has big plans on the side.
"And most importantly i am Georgia May Foote who is proud of her achievements and proud of helping herself when she needs it the most."
Poking fun at her outfit, Georgia also pointed out: "Ps. On the funny side, that is not a massive camel toe on this pic, i crossed my legs and the baggy pants have folded in a very unfortunate way."
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