Move over, One Direction: son of former Norwich City player takes aim with spoof video
The talented son of a former Norwich City legend is aiming for Tinseltown after producing and starring in a video parody of chart heart-throbs One Direction.
Lewis Spearing, son of ex-Canary Tony, formed tongue-in-cheek boy band Other Direction with his friends to lampoon the X Factor stars' single One Thing as a surprise for his girlfriend.
But the aspiring film-maker has seen it become a YouTube hit, amassing nearly 60,000 views and pushing the total for his online portfolio past the one million mark.
Now the 17-year-old, who is a student at the Brit School in London, says he wants to carve out a career in the film industry.
'I've never had such a response to a video before,' said Lewis, originally from Neatishead.
'Every morning I get up and there's a brand new set of comments on it: it's incredible.
'It started as a bit of fun and I got my closest friends involved. My girlfriend is a massive One Direction fan, and she thought it was brilliant.
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'I managed to keep it a secret from her right until the very end.'
The spoof is the latest in a long line of videos Lewis has posted since he set a channel on YouTube in 2007.
Since then, he has built up a strong online presence, beginning with tutorials to show people how to use technology which has even led to paid work with the Scouting network in America.
But the skills required to make a high quality video are the same whether filming a technological tutorial, a spoof music video or a short drama.
'I'm lucky to be able to do something I love,' he said. 'I want people to be entertained by what I do, whatever it is.'
As if to prove the point he is a perfectionist, the filming for Other Direction's debut hit took three months and Lewis and his friends flying to Paris for filming and hiring an authentic Routemaster bus for the authentic One Direction video feel.
Lewis is weighing up his future options for when he finished at the Brit School next year, and hopes his talents will eventually take him to Hollywood.
His online work has helped him to build contacts around the world and he been offered a position on a multi-million-dollar crime thriller shooting in Newcastle later this year, where he hopes to learn more behind the scenes.
Despite his initial doubts at going to the Brit School, he decided to follow the lead set by his father, who played at Carrow Road between 1984 and 1988, by leaving home at 16 to pursue his career – and now believes he is in the best place to forge his future.
He said: 'There are so many talented people at the Brit School and so many great opportunities in London.
'Taking that chance is the best thing I have ever done.'