Vivienne Connolly becomes a triple threat as she sets up new bootcamp business
Published 01/04/2014 | 07:48
She's an experienced model and actress -- and now Vivienne Connolly is stepping out as a businesswoman.
After years working in the fashion industry and knowing how to keep trim for the cameras, the 40-year-old mother of two decided to set up a fitness and nutrition company.
"Acting and modelling are brilliant, but I wanted to do something I can control," she said.
"It's a passion of mine, but I'm being clever about my career long-term too."
Vivienne is now hoping to dish out advice as a health guru and is hosting a string of bootcamp getaways for people looking to adopt a cleaner lifestyle.
"What many people don't know is that I actually did a course in nutrition years ago -- I wanted to make sure that if modelling didn't work out I'd have something else to turn to," she said.
"With Transform With Viv I can use what knowledge I have and hopefully help others through our two-day retreats. I want to educate people."
The Fair City star, who was previously married to Mark Dunne, son of former supermarket boss Ben Dunne, has teamed up with a personal trainer for the venture.
But even though she has a team of experts on hand, she admitted she's feeling "a tad nervous" about getting things up and running.
"It's very much my baby and we've put a lot into this -- we've invested time and money, so you do get nervous feeling that people may not want to get involved," she said.
"It's a new business and you can't help it. But if you don't try you will always wonder 'what if', so I'm glad I'm finally doing it."
Even though the new business is taking up most of her time these days, Vivienne is still taking on modelling work -- and also has a couple of acting gigs coming up.
"I HAVE A PROJECT COMING UP IN MAY AND I SPENT THE WHOLE WEEKEND WITH ALL THE OLD MODELLING CREW WORKING AT AN EVENT IN THE RDS. IT WAS AMAZING," SHE SAID.
"When I became a mum I gave up modelling and I wasn't really that interested in getting back into it.
"When you're 27 you think you've to prove yourself, but now I get booked by people who know me and what I'm about. I've more freedom, thankfully."