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The Anonymous Actor On Tour: Socks in the Glovebox

A man in his 30s descends the stairs of his flat, carrying three bags. Three different sized bags, three differing functions. One medium-sized sports bag, containing regulation human man clothes- a few jumpers, two pairs of jeans, two shirts which would pass as “smart casual” if he ever bothered to iron the fucking things, two t-shirts. A pair of boxers. Almost enough for a week on the road. A going away bag.

The Anonymous Actor

The Anonymous Actor is an actor who was asked first to be interviewed, then to write a blog. Now he wants to remain 100% anonymous. What do you mean “I said ‘he'”? Oh, yes, I see. He’s a he. I can tell you that much. All else is shrouded in mystery. And anger. Mostly anger.

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To rehearse, or not to rehearse? TV, Film and Process

I have been acting in theatre and television and film for the past 45 years, and I enjoy the different demands of those media. My question is, does it have to be, or should it be as different? In film and tv the preparation is supreme. The rigorous detail and time given to script development, setting, location, storyboarding, props, continuity, costume, editing, lighting – production values in general – is exemplary. Of course every one of those departments would say it is never enough, but in comparison to the preparation for performance, for what is actually taking place on screen, in front of millions, possibly for eternity, it is a luxury.

Stephen Boxer

Been around a while. Bewildered father and five-a-side player ignoring sell-by-date. Goodies, Baddies et al.

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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

Gary Lucy’s Arse: Now Showing At A Regional Theatre Near You

The Anonymous Actor returns …

His first article was so ‘chuffing brilliant’ (Daily Mail) that I’d have been a fool not to invite him back. This time, Gary Lucy’s arse gets the once over. But in an intelligent way, that makes a point. Gary Lucy’s arse is just there to get your attention.

The Anonymous Actor

The Anonymous Actor is an actor who was asked first to be interviewed, then to write a blog. Now he wants to remain 100% anonymous. What do you mean “I said ‘he'”? Oh, yes, I see. He’s a he. I can tell you that much. All else is shrouded in mystery. And anger. Mostly anger.

Artists Assemble: Two Weeks of the Tories and it’s Time to Start the Fightback

So, two weeks on since waking to another 5 years of the Tories, are things really as blue as they initially seemed? In my last blog post, written on polling day and anticipating a Conservative government of some kind (but not in my wildest nightmares imagining they might attain a majority), I suggested that such a result would mean more cuts and a continued move towards corporate sponsorship where the arts were concerned. But what does it look like on the other side of the election? And what can we do to ensure the best deal for the arts?

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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What This Election Means for the Arts

So, with election day looming, I sat down to think about what we might wake up to on Friday morning and what the next five years could consequently hold for the arts, going through each of four likely outcomes: a Conservative minority government, a Labour minority, another Lib Dem coalition, and a Labour-SNP coalition.

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.

Industry|
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