NATHAN Hogan had plenty of ambition, but was dreaming life away as he looked out of his bedroom window in Leigh Park.
But the young musician decided enough was enough – and walked 60 miles from his home to London in pursuit of his dreams.
Camping out in woods overnight, the 26-year-old dad-of-one spent four days walking through the Hampshire and Surrey countryside before he arrived in London.
He went to the BBC Media Centre in London and asked if they had any opportunities.
Nathan, who has been working as a cleaner but whose background is in music and sound production, said it was a life-changing journey.
Nathan, of Woodcott Crescent, West Leigh, explained: ‘In today’s climate, there are so many people who don’t want to get jobs.
‘They are quite happy to sit around and get benefits, and that’s it.
‘For me I wanted to show how much this meant to me and how much I need this.’
With a huge backpack and his beloved guitar, Nathan walked via Petersfield and Guildford. He only had £1.36 in his pocket and five tins of food, including baked beans and chilli pasta.
He even thought of giving up as he lugging his stuff up a hill near Petersfield, sitting by the roadside and wondering why he was doing the walk. Sheer determination – and the encouragement of friendly locals he met along the way – spurred him on.
When he arrived at the BBC, however, he ended up in a pickle.
Nathan said: ‘I got stuck in the revolving doors. I had my backpack on and as I went through the doors trapped me. The security guy had to get me out.’
He was later met by an official from the human resources department, who gave Nathan sound advice about how to get into sound engineering – and paid for his train fare home.
Nathan has applied for a sound engineering training course and his story has been passed on to The One Show.
Nathan added: ‘It’s given me more focus.
‘People have said “if Nathan can walk to London, I can get a better job”.
‘I want to give my daughter a better life. If you want more, you have to get up and go and find more.’