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

Catherine Balavage | Posted 06.08.2014 | 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 28.07.2014 | 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 21.07.2014 | 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.

How Not to Suck at Auditions

Pat Higgins | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

Auditions aren't my favourite part of the film business. There's a built-in imbalance to the process, and it's easy for either side to lose sight of what the experience is like for the other party in the room.

The Oscar Nominees Who Didn't Actually Want To Act...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Getting nominated for an Oscar is a pretty big deal in the acting industry. Some people slave away their whole lives trying to get in to the 'biz, let...

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth

Sadie Brown | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sadie Brown

On my wish lists each year, sometimes every six months depending on how things are going, 'Hollywood teeth' always feature along with the ususal suspects: some rock hard abdominals, a book deal, and a Cartier Love bracelet, one must dream.

WATCH: Kid Nails Jack Nicholson's Speech From 'A Few Good Men'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Comedy

You may know the opening of Jack Nicholson's famous courtroom rant from 'A Few Good Men' - but can you recite the rest of it? Four-year-old Sruli c...

What's Wrong With Hard Work?

Jana Bakunina | Posted 20.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jana Bakunina

It seems to me that the concept of hard work is regarded as a bit of a loser. I'd rather get complimented for being talented than for being hard-working, would not you? Compare: "Jana, you are seriously talented!" to "Jana, you work so hard, it's amazing!" - I know which praise sounds sexier to me.

WATCH: Yet Another Reason To Love Patrick Stewart

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Comedy

Yet more evidence that Patrick Stewart is a total dude comes in the form of this lovely video. For in it, one of our finest Shakespearean actors (a...

Acting Versus Stand Up - "So Which Do You Prefer?"

Matt Green | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matt Green

I'm a stand up comedian and actor, and people usually ask me which I prefer. I tend to reply with something vague like: "I like them both in different ways", but this year at the Edinburgh Fringe I've had the opportunity to directly compare and contrast them because every day I am doing a solo stand up show and a play.

Teen's Plea To Help Her Pursue Acting Dream

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A teenager who dreams of being an actress is desperately trying to raise money to fund her education after she won a place at a prestigious acting sch...

LOOK: Stars Arrive For Olivier Awards

PA | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Entertainment

Some of the biggest names in stage and screen have gathered at the Olivier Awards to celebrate the best of British theatre. Stars including Daniel ...

WATCH: How Actors Make Themselves Cry

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Comedy

Ever wondered how actors manage to turn on the waterworks for emotional film/TV scenes? Wonder no more! The video above shows the little acting ...

You Can't Have an Orgasm Every Time You Walk on Stage

Frances Ruffelle | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Frances Ruffelle

You can't have an orgasm every time you walk on stage. This line from the script is sitting with me. I think Piaf did give the audience everything every time she walked onto the stage. To play her and to be in the character I must do the same.

Doing the Hollywood Shake

Stephen Hagan | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Hagan

Now I've been auditioning for various projects in London for over five years now and have had my share of "interesting" auditions. (The most interesting being standing completely naked on a West End stage while four people checked that my anatomy was right for the 'part'. That's for another blog).

Johnny Harris: An Actor With a Rare Depth of Character

Jason Holmes | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

"An actor has to burn inside, with an outer ease," said Russian-American theatre practitioner Michael Chekhov, and this appears to be true of Johnny, whose eyes are lit from within, a gaze seeking answers in the middle distance where hang his memories.

Paul Caister Founder of The Poor School

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 19.01.2013 | Home
Gia Marie Barbera

It was a grey Monday morning - until I sat down with Paul Caister, founder of The Poor School, in King's Cross. The mischievous, witty, actor/director turned teacher, who wears his glasses on the end of his nose, is a true gentleman.

My Four Day Acting Course

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 08.01.2013 | Home
Gia Marie Barbera

There is nothing like a good short course in acting to make friends and bond with people.