5 Lessons from an Emerging Actor

Ah, the holiday season is upon us. Time to relax, unwind and gorge ourselves silly on absolutely anything with an abnormally high number of calories that is festively shaped like a Christmas tree. Its a time to spend with the ones you love. You gather around the table, place your paper crown on your head

Louise Waller
Actor/Actress/Writer/Cats Mother/Liability/Award-Winning user of the forward slash.

Actors and Tractors: T.I.E, An Industry Workhorse

A congregation of crows gathers silently on the roof of the neighbourless cottage.  Not another soul can be seen through the heavy fog that spans for miles over the flat and flooded farmland beyond, except of course for a single, solitary scarecrow, its face clumsily etched upon a galvanised bucket head. Although the eyes have

Chris Thomson
Actor, musician, writer, podcaster, dedicated jobber and industry all-rounder. Known for turning up on time, generally saying all the right lines (though not necessarily in the right order) and having grown an impressive beard with the sole intention of deceiving others into believing he has a chin. You can see and hear more of Chris’s content by checking out his very own blog and podcast; ‘Are You Still Doing Your Acting?’.

The ‘What Do You Do?’ Debacle

Now, this is a very simple question with a neatly pre-packaged answer for most people. It is often the first thing that we are asked by strangers, as if the job that we ended up doing to pay our bills and purchase the occasional half shandy is what reveals the most about ourselves. For as

Rebecca Newman
Actor and writer. I can usually be found causing nonsense in some lovely children’s theatre. Or...sometimes I moonlight as a teaching assistant and grown up. Oo, fancy. My favourite compliment I ever received was ‘You dress like a wizard that’s pretending its a muggle.’

‘How important is luck in an acting career?’

I’ve been asking this question in the podcast from the start. So I figured it was time we got a definitive answer. Not from me, obviously. Over resident ‘acting cheerleader’, Anthony English…

Luck, fate, kismet. It has a variety of names and everyone of them it can be an absolute bastard. It is a precarious, treacherous

Anthony English
Actor turned PhD (Moral & Political Psychology). NEET to undergraduate tutor. Feckless youth to funded researcher.
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The Actor’s Guide To Surviving the Really F*cking Quiet Bit

Oh! Hello horrifically, deadly silent acting patch! What are you doing back here so soon? Honestly, there was absolutely no rush. I was doing fine. But, well, here you are…all quiet, unwelcome and absolutely pissing USELESS. There’s only so much sitting in coffee shops, hiding behind a laptop and drinking coffee’s that I can’t afford, an out of work Actress like myself, can do. And in all honesty, between me and you, it’s driving me absolutely insane.

Katie Redford
Actress/Writer/Face for the Radio
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A friendly guide to auditions

Here is a brief list of important things I have learnt about auditioning. I should point out to avoid wasting all of your time that absolutely none of these tips involve help in actually getting the job once you’re in the room. Still trying to figure that one out for myself. I’ll let you know. 

Katie Elin-Salt
Katie is an actor, singer and musician from Bridgend in South Wales now living in London. She has done some nice bits of work in all these things over the last few years that she's chuffed with. Aside from this - most commonly known Princess Elsa on weekends, she has also starred as Peppa Pig and Supergirl in various children's parties across the UK. You may also recognise Katie from working in the returns section of Ann Summers Cardiff at Christmas 2010. Series Regular of Judge Judy (Playing person watching it on the sofa whilst once again not in the gym)
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Contribute to #ActorSunscreen 2.0

It’s time to give a little back to the Honest Actors’ community. It’s time to share some of your hard-earned wisdom. It’s time to share the things you still struggle with.

As part of getting the social media accounts buzzing again – and generating some buzz for the potential new series – I have put together

Jonathan Harden
Actor. VO. Director. Former barman, waiter, cook, labourer, 'tugger', security guard, dish washer, removals man, bouncer, office manager, Wendy's 'Crew Member', Costa 'barista', snooker table maintenance guy, shop assistant, usher, boom op, golf buggy driver, and one-time pretend bank robber. Started this thing thinking nobody would listen.
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20 Things Actors Wish They’d Known Sooner (PART 2)

Here it, is part two. If you missed the first instalment, and you’re the sort that likes to do things by the book, you can read it here. I wouldn’t bother; part two is where it’s at…

Jonathan Harden
Actor. VO. Director. Former barman, waiter, cook, labourer, 'tugger', security guard, dish washer, removals man, bouncer, office manager, Wendy's 'Crew Member', Costa 'barista', snooker table maintenance guy, shop assistant, usher, boom op, golf buggy driver, and one-time pretend bank robber. Started this thing thinking nobody would listen.
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The Career Advice Actors Wish They’d Been Given Sooner (PART 1)

In preparation for today’s seminar at Surviving Actors, I trawled through over 700 responses to the Honest Actors’ survey to find the things actors most commonly say when asked, ‘If you could go back to the start of your career and offer yourself advice, what would it be?’ . For those of you who couldn’t make it along, I’m going to share the top twenty responses…

Jonathan Harden
Actor. VO. Director. Former barman, waiter, cook, labourer, 'tugger', security guard, dish washer, removals man, bouncer, office manager, Wendy's 'Crew Member', Costa 'barista', snooker table maintenance guy, shop assistant, usher, boom op, golf buggy driver, and one-time pretend bank robber. Started this thing thinking nobody would listen.
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Help Shape Our Surviving Actors Seminar

Not every rejection can turn into an Adele Song.

Eleanor Matsuura said that. And it’s true. Obviously. Unless you’re Adele.

Sadly, our conversation for episode 11 of the podcast was cut short, as those who have already listened will have heard. The good news? The conversation continues, this coming Saturday at Surviving Actors. And we need your input…

Jonathan Harden
Actor. VO. Director. Former barman, waiter, cook, labourer, 'tugger', security guard, dish washer, removals man, bouncer, office manager, Wendy's 'Crew Member', Costa 'barista', snooker table maintenance guy, shop assistant, usher, boom op, golf buggy driver, and one-time pretend bank robber. Started this thing thinking nobody would listen.
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