THE FUTURE is looking bright for a Solihull teenager known as Rainbow Man, who has big plans to start up his own children’s TV show.
Alex Manners, 19, who is currently studying media at Solihull College, discovered his talent for presenting when he picked up the camera a few years ago.
But, it wasn’t until he applied to be a Top Gear presenter last summer that he realised a career in front of the camera was his true heart’s desire.
Speaking to The Observer, Alex said: “I always do things out of the ordinary.
“I wear bright coloured clothes, orange rim glasses and patterned trousers – hence the name”
“Unfortunately I didn’t make it onto Top Gear – although I think I would have done a better job than Chris Evans – it has made me realise a nine to five desk job isn’t for me.
Since auditioning, the teenager has rubbed shoulders with top BBC presenters – including comedy duo Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes and Ben Shires just to name a few – at the CBBC Awesome Authors event in Birmingham last weekend.
Alex gets a few words of advice under his belt from comedy duo Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes.Alex gets a few words of advice under his belt from comedy duo Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes.
He added: “It was a fantastic experience to meet the presenters who have been my idols for as long as I can remember and build up my contacts book.
“I even managed to get on stage with Ben Shires – who presents Match of the Day Kickabout – to talk about the my ideas for a new show.
“It was a real confidence boost to meet Ben as he told me I had a great presence in front of the camera and it has given me the push I needed.”
The ambitious teenager is one step closer to achieving his dreams and is currently working on scripts and drafting story boards for his children’s show, Rainbow Man.
“The show is based on my life and the rest of the characters in the show are based on other members of my family.
“Each show, Rainbow Man will visit a different location – including supermarkets, zoos and shopping centre – to show what the different places have to offer.
“So far, I’ve finished the script and storyboard for the first episode and I’ve even recorded the voice-over.
“Once I have finished all the scripts, I plan on pitching my idea to a handful of broadcasters – including BBC, ITV and Channel 5 – and hopefully one day see the show aired on our screens.”