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Episode 6: Simon Darwen

This was the first interview I ever recorded, way back on St Patrick’s day, and it was the easiest to edit. I’d like to think this is because I’ve become much better at the editing process and instinctively know what to keep, but I think it’s largely down to the fact that the questions weren’t as good back then.

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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Episode 5: Siubhan Harrison

Okay, so…

Episode number 5 is alive! In it, Siubhan Harrison gives a great interview, full of sighs, laughs and sharp intakes of breath that punctuate some very candid revelations: from working as a Tequila Girl to indulging in day-long teenage strops when things don’t go her way, the honesty is strong in this one.

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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10 Things I’ve Learned About Being An Actor Since Graduating (Part 2)

Here is is, Part 2, of Katie’s excellent guest article. Missed Part 1? Here it is!

After Mondays outpouring of grief (sorry, support) from lush people of the acting world and beyond – here are life lessons 6 – 10. As lived by me. All stories are very much truth. I would like to dedicate this section to the good people of natwest bank for sticking by me and my dream since the beginning and for never, ever threatening to take my overdraft away.

Thank you all so much for reading ❤️

 

6. You Will Be Poor

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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10 Things I’ve Learned About Being An Actor Since Graduating

A few unsolicited articles came in to honestactors@gmail.com last week. Here’s one of the best…

 

Here is a photo of me, in June 2010. I am wearing a green Karen Millen dress complete with matching heels that my Mother bought for me, I have had my hair professionally blow dried for the occasion. There I am, proudly clutching my 2:1 BA(Hons) Acting from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – with absolutely no fucking idea what was supposed to happen next. If you look close enough I’m sure you can see the panic in my smile.

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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Episode 4: Matthew Flynn

Episode 4! This latest instalment again feels very different to what has gone before. By his own admissions, Matthew Flynn doesn’t normally wear his heart on his sleeve, but in this interview, he talks candidly about the financial and emotional pressures of being a parent who relies on acting to feed and clothe his kids, and of his nightmarish experience of stage-fright. 

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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Episode 3: Sinead Matthews

Episode 3 is here, and I don’t mind telling you it was aa tough decision picking which interview to release next. Why Sinead? Well, aside from the fact that I love her infectious laugh, I think it’s a very different episode to the first two.

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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What’s the Biggest Problem Facing Your Career? You.

I’m an over-opinionated acting coach based in Scotland. My job is to help people develop the self awareness to trust themselves and develop phenomenal self confidence for audition and performance. I was asked to speak about the biggest issues faced by my clients. The answer is frighteningly clear. It’s the one that I deal with every day.

I’m sorry to say that the biggest problem in the success of your acting career is probably you. I think you secretly know that already.

Mark Westbrook

Head Coach and Course Leader of the Full Time Diploma in Stage and Screen Performance at Acting Coach Scotland in Glasgow.

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.

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