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Didn’t train? Get that Chip Off Your Shoulder

Didn’t train? Get that chip off your shoulder…

As we all know, knockbacks are hard to take and as much as we don’t like to admit it, they do take a toll. So sometimes, after the initial ecstasy and immense satisfaction of getting a job, the panic sets in. What if I’m not good enough? I probably wasn’t their first choice…what if my name was really similar to the person that they actually wanted…but now they’ve got me!? I can’t speak for anyone else but I spend almost every day leading up to the job in a mild (major) state of panic and self doubt worrying that it was all a mistake and that I am in fact not what they wanted at all.

Grace Hogg-Robinson

Actress hailing from a very small hamlet, known by friends for being clumsy and overly enthusiastic, known by strangers (that watch daytime TV) for being a sassy goth. Sometimes found selling sweets, sometimes found talking to herself…ah well, we’re all mad here.

#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.

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Acting with Dyslexia

It wasn’t until I got to Drama School that I realised the irony of my career choice. I thought that doing something practical, ‘Acting’ would work to my strengths. Little did I know that being an Actor is about 70% reading and, of that, at least half is reading out loud in front of people, usually to try and persuade someone to give you a job. Words are not my strong point. In fact, they are something I actively avoided when growing up.

I’m dyslexic.

Why did I become an actor again?

Philip Duguid-McQuillan

Philip is or has been an actor, dyslexic, Bradfordian, awkward door opener, co-op agency member, waiter, DVD collector, barman, restaurant table coordinator, ‘please take these’ flyer-er & dream weaver of headshot photographer comparison website www.headshothunter.co.uk.

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An Actor’s Guide To Surviving Christmas

🎶 It’s the mooooost wonderful tiiiiime of the yeeeeeear…

With the kids jingle-belling and everyone telling you to MAYBE START THINKING ABOUT A PGCE BECAUSE YOU WERE ALWAYS SUCH A CLEVER CHILD AND AUDITION FOR EMMERDALE AND PERHAPS ITS TIME TO COME BACK FOR GOOD AS THE PROPERTY LADDER ISN’T GETTING ANY SHORTER AND THE MORTGAGE ADVISORS WILL LAUGH IN YOUR VERY FACE ON THOSE WAAAAAGES  🎶

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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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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Episode 8: Jessica Raine

So this episode nearly didn’t happen. Work, a sick dog, and waning energy levels as we stagger towards Christmas, made starting the edit more difficult than it has been previously. Once started though, I really enjoyed listening back to Jess’s interview, almost 8 months after sitting in her kitchen and chatting over a cuppa…

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.

Episode Notes|
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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.

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Playing Human: “I’m (not) here to make friends”

I recently had one of those ridiculous experiences all actors have at some point in their careers. I spent an hour showering, styling my hair, putting in my contacts, doing my make-up, then spent forty-five minutes on the subway and finally arrived in a tiny downtown waiting room, surrounded by ten other women who look vaguely like me, getting ready to spend two minutes in an even tinier room with a camera and one other human to say six words:
“Please, you have to do something!”

Lynne Rosenberg

Lynne has been and/or currently is a personal assistant, wildlife interpreter, paralegal, bookkeeper, crowd control operator, restaurant manual typist, educational outreach coordinator, yoga teacher, child wrangler, personal assistant, SCUBA diver, transcriptionist, Excel tutor, and standandlookpretty-er.

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Episode 7: Isaiah Johnson

Oh, you know Isaiah?

I first met Isaiah Johnson when I was teaching for NYU. Yup, in a former life, I worked ‘full-time’ as an ‘academic’ (inverted commas implying exactly what you think), and although facebook and twitter have kept me in touch with quite a few former students, there are only a handful with who I have become and remain friends. What I’m saying is, Isaiah is very easy to like; think John Hamm in last week’s Toast of London. When he was working over here a few years ago in the same theatre as my wife, she tells me everyone in the office had fallen in love with the guy. And I could quote a lot of reviews to back up my next statement: Isaiah can act. Oh yeah, and he can sing too. Like really sing.

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.

Episode Notes|
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The Naked Truth: industry failings on nudity laid bare

Every actress I know has had a nudity nightmare. Whether it be a conversation with a director or filming the scene itself. And for the purpose of this particular blog, I’m referring to women being asked to be nude. However, I am sure this is a universal issue.

Amy Morgan

Optimistic actor from South Wales who can always find you a bar open after 1am but who cannot ride a bike (Long story). Also a dab hand in serving overpriced cocktails, flyering for comedy clubs and working in niche museums.

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