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.

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.’

Advice to a Teenage Actor, from John Cleese.

1997. At my local theatre, the same one where my youth theatre does it’s shows, there is to be a charity screening of the Life of Brian and a Q&A afterwards with John Cleese. My dad had secured tickets for him and myself, excellent. So we went along and watched the film, laughter ensued, then

Patch Harris
Actor, guitarist, writer. My favoured acting prop is the side parted haircut. Has worked in Box Offices all over the West End, so honestly has probably met you all at least once.
Journal, Muggle Life|

‘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.
Comment, Muggle Life|
  • funemployment

The Pros & Cons of Claiming FUNemployment Benefits

When I moved back to London in February last year, I bloody loved being funemployed. I got to explore London, see all my friends I hadn’t seen in months/years, go to the theatre, cinema, go on nights out. I truly was a lady of leisure and I was having the best time. It was fun.

Journal, Muggle Life|

#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.
  • depression

Four difficult little words: “I am an actor”

Too often I don’t feel like an actor.

I can count on both hands the number of acting jobs I’ve had since drama school, and I can count on one hand the number of paid acting jobs I’ve had since then. I’m embarrassed and frustrated by my lack of movement in this profession. In fact, when people ask me what I do, I say that I’m pursuing an acting career; rarely, do I say that I’m an actor because I feel that would imply that I’m a working actor, or at least someone auditioning on a regular basis. If I’m being truly honest, am I even really pursuing an acting career?

Laura Gourdine
Actress/Actor (doesn't matter to me), Singer, tree hugger and lover of smiles. Actor in theory longing to be an actor in practice. Would make a great phone-a-friend when in need of answers for history trivia and random info.
  • tearing tickets

Tearing Tickets: Hiding in Plain Sight

“Am I as much as being seen?” Play, Samuel Beckett
They probably cover it at some institutions already, but one thing my three years at drama school didn’t teach me was the importance of a good resting job.  Some might argue that such an idea is counter-intuitive – obviously you’re going to have a career that doesn’t necessitate anything but acting work.  Or you’re going to quit within the first six months.  But for 99.7% of those graduates that make a go of it, that isn’t the case.*

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).
Journal, Muggle Life|
  • actress party singer

Waitress/ Party Princess/ Actress

What you were doing at 12.30pm on Saturday 25th July? En route to a matinee you’d rather not have been doing? Taking a brunch order from a table you’d rather not have been serving? Or, were you – like me – squatting behind a bush trying not to be seen by a group of children playing nearby?

Wait, I can explain…

Katie Redford
Actress/Writer/Face for the Radio
Load More Posts