Six Years of Work, One Line on the CV

I meditate on my resume far more than is probably recommended when one hopes to retain some semblance of sanity. I blame the fact that for as long as I’ve been old enough to comprehend what it means to have a resume as a performer, I have dreamed of amassing so many credits across that

Christine Caccipuoti
Podcaster. Soprano who moves. Napoleonic and Medieval historian. Writer of both fact and fiction. Conference presenter. Former early 20th-century background surgical nurse. One-time hand double. Reluctant picture car driver. Choir ringer. Perpetual supporter of elephants.

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?’.
  • denise gough angels in america review

Brand New Denise Gough Episode

With two weeks to go before Angels in America opens at the NT, I have a brand new Denise Gough interview ready to release into the world. I know you want it…

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.
  • 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).
Comment, Industry|
  • @giveusano

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.
  • actress writer

“Oh, you’re a writer now… ?”

People like to categorize, it makes them feel safe.

Wait, not “them” – I mean ‘us’. We ALL do it to help us feel safe. Categorizing in this sort of way is the first thing we do in order to find common ground when meeting new people:

Alun Saunders
Sometimes Actor, sometimes Writer; always Husband, always Dad. Thanks to his parents' encouragement towards the Welsh language and musical instruments, Alun has managed to work as an Actor in between MCing Welsh Banquets for visiting tourists. He now knows how to say 'Cheers' in over 24 languages. Iechyd da!
Industry, Journal|

#MyOtherJob: The Jobs We Do When We’re #NotInAnything

My name is Jonathan and I’m an actor.

Except when I’m not.

Over the years, since giving up on my salaried muggle job and leaving Belfast in 2009, I have filled the gaps between acting jobs (and plugged the gaping hole between acting earnings and London outgoings) by taking on paid employment of various kinds, with varying levels of financial compensation and, indeed, emotional toll.

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.
  • 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.
  • Actor Mentorship

Actors (16-25), seeking Actors (26+)

I was five. My parents were entertaining friends and I had gone to bed hours before. Unable to sleep, I crept out of my bed and into the living room, where my audience were enjoying themselves over glasses of wine and After Eights. Without a word, I reached for the best song in my repertoire, popped it in the CD player, made my way to the stage (the rug in front of the fireplace) and gave the people what they wanted…. A heartfelt rendition of Whitney’s ‘I Will Always Love You’, sung into the audio remote control with eyes closed for extra emphasis. I think that was probably the moment my parents and I knew I was going to become an actor…

Amy Blair
Northern Irish born and bred. Drama Teacher, FOH Usher and Actor*. *Sometimes.
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  • Networking

Mint Tea for One: Why am I Crap at Networking?

I’m in a coffee shop with my headphones on, trying to dull the sound of the man next to me shoveling soup, disgustingly into his gob. I’m listening to actors on a podcast about acting, talking about acting. The guest is apparently quite good at it, even though he sounds pretty downbeat about the whole affair and as I continue to listen, I cannot help but audibly say the words ‘I’d kill for your life mate’, which causes the disgusting man slurping soup, to stop and stare at me. We look at each other for a second, before he continues to gorge noisily.

Richard Popple
Brilliant actor according to his Mum. Walks a lot according to his iphone app. ‘Good ear’ for most accents, according to Spotlight. Reads good bedtime stories, according to his four-year old niece. Capable at sports.
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