Acting

Giving it Back

Paul Clayton | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

The government are not going to suddenly fund drama training for people on low incomes. Despite the proven value an excellent drama training has in equipping people for so many roles in life, as well as in the arts, it's probably a low priority with graduates from low income families in medicine, law, and so many other areas also fighting for support

Transgender Actors On Screen and Stage

Catherine McNamara | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Catherine McNamara

When we open this topic up for discussion, a common refrain is to suggest that we want good actors on screen. The implication is that we don't want trans people to be employed to play a trans character just because they're trans. We want a good actor to do the job.

Making the Acting Last

Paul Clayton | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

The huge flood of young actors emerging into the profession this summer, I give best wishes. Their future will be determined mainly by luck, but enhanced by sheer hard work and good business sense. For some this may be instinctive, but others will learn it the hard way.

Five Reasons You HAVE to Watch: 'A Royal Night Out'

Samantha Baines | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Samantha Baines

It's the hottest new cinema release and its all about the Royal family! A Royal Night Out hits cinemas on 15 May (with previews from 8 May) and I have managed to see it before the official release. So here are five reasons you have to watch it.

Director Tells Actress He Wants To 'Lick Her From Behind'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Unfortunately, we're all too used to seeing women sexualised and valued for their appearance rather than their talent in the TV and film industry. ...

Eleven Ways to Be a Bit Less Bad at Revision

Eve Delaney | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Delaney

It's important to take frequent breaks during your revision session. The brain is a muscle (not factually correct) that gets tired like any other muscles (do hearts get tired?). In order for a break to be effective, you must fully remove yourself from your working mindset. Dig a hole in the garden or annoy your sister a bit. Just keep the line between work and play clearly defined.

Top Ten Acting Career Survival Tips

Paul Clayton | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

Here are my top 10 survival tips for those first few years in the real world... and for quite a few years afterwards actually.

Juliet Stevenson Speaks Out on Ageism in the Acting Industry

Danny Lee Wynter | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Danny Lee Wynter

During the interview, both on and off camera, Stevenson was a heavenly tidal of rage, enthusiasm, intelligence and common sense. In her own unique and unabashed way, her thoughts and perceptions set a precedent for the #WomenOfACertainAge campaign.

Clayton Cardenas: The Art of The Storyteller

Kay Smythe | Posted 24.05.2015 | 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 18.05.2015 | 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 19.05.2015 | 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 17.05.2015 | 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 26.04.2015 | 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 21.04.2015 | 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 04.04.2015 | 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?