Acting

Clayton Cardenas: The Art of The Storyteller

Kay Smythe | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kay Smythe

Cardenas is a leading man, not only in his talent but in his soul. It's beautiful to witness and I can't wait for the rest of the world to see the light inside of him. Luckily, I don't think the world with be waiting much longer.

Your Reasons are Just Excuses - Why Trans Roles Need to be Played by Trans People

Freiya Benson | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Freiya Benson

There's this thing that keeps happening. A film is announced, and in this film there's a trans character, and there's talk of positive representation, and giving a voice to a stigmatised section of society, and it's all good. And then the actor playing the part of the trans person is announced, and they're not trans.

The One With the Rehearsal

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Georgy Jamieson

The other night I went and watched the theatre group I belong to rehearse for their forthcoming production of Fawlty Towers. I haven't acted since autumn 2013 and although it's not unusual for me to have a break from theatre for a while, this is probably the longest I've been gone from it.

Going Academic - Behind the Scenes in an Actors' Agency

Julia Wagner | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Julia Wagner

An actor's agent does not step into the spotlight; he or she is a figure in the shadows, buoying and navigating many dazzling careers. But what does shedding light on the figure of the agent tell us about films and film stars?

Don't Lament 'Declining Audience Intelligence' Make Theatre an Essential Part of Everyone's Experience

Paul Clayton | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

We need to make more theatre more accessible to more people so that they can understand the experience more easily. If we are going to do this, then surely the heartland of what is termed commercial theatre is not the place to start?

All Heart Acting Class

Kay Smythe | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK
Kay Smythe

When it comes down to the geographies of it, the number one reason young people join gangs is because they don't know that they have other options.

People Like Us Wouldn't Get a Chance Today

Paul Clayton | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

For many it's been a struggle to get there. Young actors emerge from their training weighed down by debt, and - given that less than 2% of actors earn over £20,000 a year from their acting - many leave the profession in the first 5 to 10 years, to seek financial security, dignity, and some quality of life.

Five Habits of Successful Actors

Catherine Balavage | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Catherine Balavage

There are tens of thousands of actors in the UK and hundreds of thousands, if not millions, worldwide. The competition is huge and casting directors see an insane amount of actors. What to do? Well, keep in touch of course.

Being a Kid Is For Life (Not Just For Christmas)

KatherinePress | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
KatherinePress

Christmas is a time for kids. Kids in the literal, vertically-challenged sense and kids in the metaphorical, inner child sense - for us Big Kids.

The Good Days and the Bad Days: How Character Can Get Us Through

KatherinePress | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
KatherinePress

I am a self-acknowledged, self-confessed, self-help junkie. And like any self-help junkie worth her salt, I love a good quote. This week I came across one I reckoned you really ought to know about. "Character is the ability to follow through on a commitment after the initial enthusiasm has passed." Nifty, huh?

Hard to Fake? Tears on Stage

Arnie Wilson | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Arnie Wilson

This led me to ask a talented young actor friend, Ben Lambert, who has appeared in various films and stage plays, how actors manage to cry on demand. His reply fascinated me.

Working in Tinseltown

Rachel Shenton | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Shenton

The first thing that hits you when you step off the plane in LA is just how eager people are to help you out here - or at least that's what I've found. I've been perpetually impressed with waitresses, bar tenders, shop workers - pretty much everyone I've come across in the service sector, have all been exceptionally polite and almost too eager to help.

Actresses Deserve Much More Than Being 'The Girl'

Catherine Balavage | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Catherine Balavage

It is hard to describe just how depressing it is to work in an industry where women are reduced constantly to the sum of their parts and not even named. The worrying thing is that this is a common practice.

Fibs, Lies and Porky Pies Number One - It's OK If We're Only Lying to Ourselves Right?

Leanne Davis | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Leanne Davis

We don't intend to drink two bottles of wine when we specifically said we were only going to have one glass. That I would call weak-willed. Falling into the world-wide-web I would label as procrastination. And when we say we have learned our lesson and will never date someone 'like that' again, we genuinely mean it.

Dating An Actress? Help Is At Hand!

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Comedy

This 'Saturday Night Live' sketch hails from last year - but it's getting a new lease of viral life right now. Plus: it's timeless. Yes, anyone who...

How To Be Successful A Successful Actor: Become A Triple Threat

Catherine Balavage | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Catherine Balavage

Acting is a hard business. Don't get me wrong, doing the actual job isn't hard, it is a brilliant career, but the industry is a tough one and many actors remain out of work and in poverty. That is why I wrote my book, How To Be a Successful Actor: Becoming an Actorpreneur.

Six Things Every Actress Should Know

Adam Hamdy | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

My daughter wants to be an actress. Words that should strike fear into the heart of any right thinking parent. I've gently tried to discourage her from what I perceive as a harsh life, but she comes alive on stage and has held on to this ambition to the exclusion of other childhood dreams. Luckily my daughter is only seven and there is plenty of time for sense to prevail, but were she to continue on her path, what should she know?

Acting up at The Poor School Can Make You 'Rich'

Lynne Parker | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

What does matter is what you take away from it. Four days away from emails and social media banter made for a very welcome break and to spend an hour working out where my diaphragm exists in my body, or sing about 'Clambake' surrounded by assorted foreign accents puts a whole new perspective on life.

Five Mistakes Actors Make That Stop Them Getting Work

Catherine Balavage | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Catherine Balavage

They say success is opportunity meets preparation. So here are my top five tips to make sure you are prepared and stop making the mistakes that stop you having the best career you can. Here are five mistakes actors make in their career that stop them being successful.

Actors Who Make Their Own Work

Catherine Balavage | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Catherine Balavage

This American producer, director, writer and actress caused a stir with Another Earth. She was only 27 at the time. Now 30 and with 13 films under her belt. She was even on the front cover of Vanity Fair's prestigious Hollywood edition. She has written four films and directed one.

A Chat With Holby/Rev Veteran Jimmy Akingbola

Roger Crow | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Actor Jimmy Akingbola has been a stage an screen regular for years, making his mark in BBC cop drama Holby Blue (when we first had a phone chat). Sinc...

A Glass Half Full

Heather Peace | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Heather Peace

In my early 30s, my acting work suddenly dried up, and it was a shock to the system. I was considered too old to be the romantic lead and too young to be the matriarch. That's what often happens to women in television, although thankfully we can see a gradual shift away from that now.

Why Admire an Actor?

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Megan Brownrigg

The BAFTAs have just been dished out, leaving a level playing field ready to be mown up and mole-hilled by the favourites of next year. So what makes a good actor?

Read Not Dead - Shakespeare's Contemporaries Reborn

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Gwalchmai

Hopefully, that last question is the one that most writers keep in their minds above all. We hope that if we make it true and we make it well, it will chime a chord with people enough to do the rest.

Guns, Trapezes and Suitcases: 'Annie Get Your Gun' UK Theatre Tour

Emma Williams | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

At my feet sits an empty suitcase. The yawning, zippered mouth seems cavernous right now but judging by the chaotic jumble of clothes around me, I have no doubt I'm about to put its capacity to the test as I attempt to cram my life inside it for the next five months. Ladies and gentleman I, Emma Williams, am a Tour Virgin.