Big Brother star PJ Ellis is hunting for a new training contract, just months after he pulled out of a place at South Coast law firm Lester Aldridge.
PJ claims his new-found fame forced him to take a year out from his legal career because he would not be able to give 100 per cent to his new role as a trainee solicitor.
Shortly after he spoke to Lawyer 2B in the summer, PJ decided to cash in on his new-found celebrity status for a while, despite earlier claims that he did not want to be a “flash in the pan”.
But he recently said: “I'd probably have let myself and the firm down if I had joined in September. Everywhere I go now I get noticed and I think that would have affected my work. I just wasn't ready to practise.”
PJ has been kept busy since leaving the Big Brother house. As well as a nationwide tour of nightclubs, he has made umpteen TV appearances, tried his hand at DJing, even opened a new record store, but as Lawyer 2B went to press, PJ had not been asked to switch on any Christmas street lights – unlike his fellow Big Brother inmate Spencer.
“I'm having so much fun and I'm earning a lot of money,” he said. “But it's making me a more thorough person too. I'm seeing how the entertainment industry works, which will help me if I ever go into media law. And my communication skills have improved.”
Despite his new showbiz lifestyle, PJ still managed to pass the Legal Practice Course finals he deferred in order to take part in Big Brother 3. “I was 3 per cent off a distinction,” he says proudly. “I was a bit worried about them so I'm really pleased.”
Now he plans to find time in between personal appearances to fill in the pile of training contract application forms that are currently balancing on top of his TV.
“I'm still looking around all the time, but I'd never rule out going back to Lester Aldridge, it's a really nice firm,” he adds hopefully. But a spokesperson for Lester Aldridge said that PJ's place has been filled and that there are no vacancies until 2004.
PJ said: “I'm not going to jeopardise my career [by taking a year out]. I am 23, single and outgoing. Any bloke the same as me would take this chance, but I'm definitely going into the law.”
'I'm having so much fun and I'm earning a lot of money, but it's making me a more thorough person too' PJ