With two weeks to go before Angels in America opens at the NT, I have a brand new Denise Gough interview ready to release into the world. I know you want it…
Jonathan’s argument is eloquently put, and most importantly, he knows what works for him. Everyone has different systems for coping with rejection, and sometimes having a job gradually dissolve from your consciousness is relatively painless. But by the results of the poll, it would seem he may be in the minority.
Except when I’m not.
Over the years, since giving up on my salaried muggle job and leaving Belfast in 2009, I have filled the gaps between acting jobs (and plugged the gaping hole between acting earnings and London outgoings) by taking on paid employment of various kinds, with varying levels of financial compensation and, indeed, emotional toll.
And it’s going pretty well.
You’ve worked with the director before and you share an anecdote that makes the producer and the casting director wet themselves.
And they laugh when you talk about the dog.
And the lines come easily, and the scene feels good.
And when the director asks you to be more front foot and faster, you are more front foot and faster. And the director nods at you and winks, like, that was what I wanted.
And they smile and nod when you get up to leave.
And the casting director squeezes your hand and whispers ‘Fantastic as ever’ as you leave.
So you go home buzzing a bit.
And you give up your seat to an older man on the tube and people smile at you. Nice guy.
So you ring your agent.
I’m in a coffee shop with my headphones on, trying to dull the sound of the man next to me shoveling soup, disgustingly into his gob. I’m listening to actors on a podcast about acting, talking about acting. The guest is apparently quite good at it, even though he sounds pretty downbeat about the whole affair and as I continue to listen, I cannot help but audibly say the words ‘I’d kill for your life mate’, which causes the disgusting man slurping soup, to stop and stare at me. We look at each other for a second, before he continues to gorge noisily.