Lights, Camera, Agony: The Killer Advice I’ve Learned from Interviewing over 1,000 Actors

In the article I have just read on the subject of ‘Writing a Killer Guest Blog’’ the main ‘killer’ point appears to be to keep your top tip for your own website so you attract traffic across. Sounds a bit Machiavellian for a contribution to the Honest Actor blog so I’m going to share my top tip for a successful arts career right here: if you wish to stand out from the crowd make absolutely sure your name isn’t ‘John Byrne’.

John Byrne

John Byrne writes the weekly Careers Clinic column for The Stage newspaper and is an independent Entertainment Industry Career Advisor at www.performingcareers.com

30 Of The Best Quotes From Honest Actors So Far

Twelve teasers and a few blog posts since starting this back at the end of February, and two days ahead of the official launch, I decided it was time to go back, look through all the content so far and pick out some of my favourite quotes. And if you haven’t listened to all twelve, check out the ‘Girls’ and ‘Boys’ teaser collections below to hear the quotes in context…

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.

On Leaving Acting… From The Other Side

To the actors who read this, I implore you to adhere to the philosophy of this fine website and have a moment of honesty. How many times have you considered doing ‘that’ in your career? Yes, you know what I’m getting at – THAT! When was the last time you considered, and whisper it if you must, quitting acting? Perhaps you declared your intentions in a moment of frustration after that tampon commercial never materialised. Or maybe it was a slow burn – that niggling feeling that there must be more to life than trawling through The Stage once a week and screaming at your agent. You just know there has been some terrible mix-up at the ‘life factory’ and that you’ve been dealt a lousy hand unbecoming of your talent.

Anthony English

Actor turned PhD (Moral & Political Psychology). NEET to undergraduate tutor. Feckless youth to funded researcher.

Acting Ghosts: Haunted By Your Last Role?

The real problem with ‘ghosts’ is not having anyone believe you. But the experience of it can still be very real. And its impacts on your own mental and physical health, and your valued relationships can be severe.

I’m referring to a range of actors’ experiences – from not feeling your ‘everyday’ self after a show, to the shock/surprise of reacting as ‘the character’ to everyday life and family stresses, to being traumatised or fatigued by the emotional and physical demands of a role.

Mark Seton

Aims to inform and empower actors to better manage the ups and downs of the performing arts lifestyle.

Researcher and advocate for the health and wellbeing of actors; Founder and Director of the Actors’ Base Camp; Co-editor, “About Performance: The Lives of Actors”.

Facebook Highlight Reels: “Comparison is the Thief of Joy”

As the number of survey responses approaches 200, I’ve taken a look through the statistics gathered so far and have noticed some interesting, if (from my perspective) unsurprising, figures.

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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