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An Actor’s Guide To Surviving Christmas

🎶 It’s the mooooost wonderful tiiiiime of the yeeeeeear…

With the kids jingle-belling and everyone telling you to MAYBE START THINKING ABOUT A PGCE BECAUSE YOU WERE ALWAYS SUCH A CLEVER CHILD AND AUDITION FOR EMMERDALE AND PERHAPS ITS TIME TO COME BACK FOR GOOD AS THE PROPERTY LADDER ISN’T GETTING ANY SHORTER AND THE MORTGAGE ADVISORS WILL LAUGH IN YOUR VERY FACE ON THOSE WAAAAAGES  🎶

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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The Naked Truth: industry failings on nudity laid bare

Every actress I know has had a nudity nightmare. Whether it be a conversation with a director or filming the scene itself. And for the purpose of this particular blog, I’m referring to women being asked to be nude. However, I am sure this is a universal issue.

Amy Morgan
Optimistic actor from South Wales who can always find you a bar open after 1am but who cannot ride a bike (Long story). Also a dab hand in serving overpriced cocktails, flyering for comedy clubs and working in niche museums.
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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)

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.

Acting Ghosts: Haunted By Your Last Role?

The real problem with ‘ghosts’ is not having anyone believe you. But the experience of it can still be very real. And its impacts on your own mental and physical health, and your valued relationships can be severe.

I’m referring to a range of actors’ experiences – from not feeling your ‘everyday’ self after a show, to the shock/surprise of reacting as ‘the character’ to everyday life and family stresses, to being traumatised or fatigued by the emotional and physical demands of a role.

Mark Seton
Aims to inform and empower actors to better manage the ups and downs of the performing arts lifestyle.

Researcher and advocate for the health and wellbeing of actors; Founder and Director of the Actors’ Base Camp; Co-editor, “About Performance: The Lives of Actors”.

Facebook Highlight Reels: “Comparison is the Thief of Joy”

As the number of survey responses approaches 200, I’ve taken a look through the statistics gathered so far and have noticed some interesting, if (from my perspective) unsurprising, figures.

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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