5 secrets of successful actors

5 secrets of successful actors

Many aspiring actors could be mistaken for thinking those actors working regularly in TV, film and theatre were handed their success on a plate. After all lots of these actors (on the surface) seem to come from no-where, yet appear in the industry as if by magic. Whilst each actors journey to “making it” is very…

How to impress casting directors

How to impress Casting Directors

It’s hard enough getting into the audition room, so when an actor does land a casting of course they want to know how to impress casting directors. Many actors go about this the wrong way and whilst they definitely leave an impression, it’s not necessarily the right one. There are many ways you can impress…

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How to stand out from the competition

It’s a well known fact that the acting  industry has more actors than jobs and we all know it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to accomplish our acting goals. None of this is made any easier by the influx of wannabee stars infiltrating the industry, having seen the “overnight success” reality TV and the…

When to quit your day job

When to quit your day job

Knowing when and if you should quit your day job is one of many things that runs through the minds of actors. As I was training some actors this weekend the question around quitting the day job cropped up. I realised that not only would this actor be worrying, but loads more of you would be too.…

Why most aspiring actors never make it

Why most aspiring actors never make it

I was recently speaking with some actors about why they thought most aspiring actors don’t achieve their dreams. These actors agreed that finding work was the big issue. Whilst I absolutely agree that finding and sustaining work to pays the bills can be very difficult, it goes a little deeper as to why most aspiring actors never…

How to handle criticism

How to handle criticism

This is a very personal blog, having had to learn how to handle criticism at a very early age – 14 to be precise, when I’d first decided I wanted to become an actor. I’m sharing this to help you as the acting industry can be rife with criticism. My story At school… I heard everything…

7 tips to improve your acting CV

Your acting CV is one of your marketing tools, so it seems obvious that it should sell you. When writing or editing your CV it’s important to see it from an objective perspective and put yourself in the shoes of an agent or casting director. If you had received your CV among hundreds of others,…

The Art of Auditions

The art of auditions

Auditions should be easy considering the training we have undergone to improve our craft and ourselves, yet so many actors struggle with them. Why? Because auditions are a whole different kettle of fish, and are very often not about the craft of acting but about the business of acting. When I first graduated from drama school I…

Why you need to forget about emotions

Why you need to forget about emotions

One of the main concerns for actors is “feeling the emotion”. Lots of actors believe they haven’t given a good performance unless they “felt it”. I used to be one of those actors too so completely understand the thought process behind it, but I wanted to share with you why that’s not a healthy way of thinking and…