To Holiday or Not To Holiday? The Actor’s Dilemma

There’s a tiresome list of things people tell you when you decide to work in the freelance or artistic world. The top three generally are:

‘The pay is shit’- Your parents.
‘How do expect to get on the housing ladder?’- Your grandparents.
‘It’s not a real job’- your racist Uncle Terry.*

And I usually answer thusly:

Kieron Tufft

Actor, Playwright, Poet, Clown in training, Musician, Ex-Journalist (can’t you tell?), Bartender (of course). Using his bio as free advertising. Once did an orgy scene whilst in disguise.

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.

  • Give Us A No

Why I want to know if I didn’t get the job

Jonathan’s argument is eloquently put, and most importantly, he knows what works for him.  Everyone has different systems for coping with rejection, and sometimes having a job gradually dissolve from your consciousness is relatively painless.  But by the results of the poll, it would seem he may be in the minority.

Chris Tester

Box office monkey, bartender, usher/auditorium interventionist, workshop leader, Ian/Dan/Mike (delete as appropriate) the ‘awkward’ finance manager with problems that need to be discussed in a role-play context, Sarah Kane scholar, (FIFA) football manager, Menzies lookalike and Cumberbatch soundalike, personal trainer and capable carrier of spears (both actual and metaphoric).

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If casting directors sent automatic updates…

You may have already seen Stephen Fletcher’s open email to Equity and Spotlight (his #letusknow campaign or the longer-standing @giveusano Twitter account), read the recent ‘Soapbox’ article in The Stage, or remember Trevor Cooper’s article on the subject for the Honest Actors’ Blog. In any case, it’s impossible to deny that there is a growing chorus of voices speaking out about the radio silence that often follows auditions.

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.

‘You’re an actor? In which restaurant?’ – The one with the best tips.

So, this morning I somehow found myself on Radio 4’s Today programme, debating a government report with Jay Rayner, the Observer’s food critic. How I ended up in that situation, I’m not entirely sure, but I guess it had a lot to do with this blog, the podcast and the momentum both have been gathering

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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Depression and Bullying in the Arts: #timetotalk


Being honest as a performer is foolhardy, and a rarity at best. I’d even go one further, and say it’s a path to career suicide. I’ve asked Jonathan to remain anonymous for that exact reason, but would nonetheless like to share my experience.

A.N. Actor

Sometimes someone submits a blog and requests that it be published anonymously. This is not *The* Anonymous Actor, just someone who wishes not to be identified.

  • Casting Directors

Dear Casting Directors: Don’t Leave Us Hanging

So you’ve got a meeting. For a telly.
And it’s going pretty well.

You’ve worked with the director before and you share an anecdote that makes the producer and the casting director wet themselves.

And they laugh when you talk about the dog.

And the lines come easily, and the scene feels good.

And when the director asks you to be more front foot and faster, you are more front foot and faster. And the director nods at you and winks, like, that was what I wanted.

And they smile and nod when you get up to leave.

And the casting director squeezes your hand and whispers ‘Fantastic as ever’ as you leave.

So you go home buzzing a bit.

And you give up your seat to an older man on the tube and people smile at you. Nice guy.

So you ring your agent.

Trevor Cooper

Actor for 36 years and counting. Also a Voice-Over Artist, Singer, Assistant Choreographer and *genuine* Ballet Mistress, Drama Coach, Acting Teacher, Stage-Fighter (2nd attempt), Designated Driver, Ex-Husband, Security Guard, Minicab Driver, Friend, Son, Brother, Lover …and Good Company Member.

  • Pilot Season

Pilot Season, Schmilot Season: The search for power in an industry that gives you none

The entertainment industry isn’t kind. It doesn’t do anyone any favours. It can be rewarding. But it also causes heartbreak. Lots. Of. Heartbreak.  It amplifies people’s insecurities.  It makes people feel badly about themselves. It can give people hope but it can mislead you.  So the question is, why do we keep going back?

Jamie Spilchuk

Actor, voice over, writer, husband, California traveler, pirate wannabe, and craft table lover. Thinks he’s good at golf, softball and going to the gym…pretty mediocre at all three. One time saw a man that looked like an actual ape but it was never corroborated (most likely a dream) yet, has been looking for him ever since. Jerry Seinfeld is his Religion.

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