• Actors Who Didn't Train

Didn’t train? Get that Chip Off Your Shoulder

Didn’t train? Get that chip off your shoulder…

As we all know, knockbacks are hard to take and as much as we don’t like to admit it, they do take a toll. So sometimes, after the initial ecstasy and immense satisfaction of getting a job, the panic sets in. What if I’m not good enough? I probably wasn’t their first choice…what if my name was really similar to the person that they actually wanted…but now they’ve got me!? I can’t speak for anyone else but I spend almost every day leading up to the job in a mild (major) state of panic and self doubt worrying that it was all a mistake and that I am in fact not what they wanted at all.

Grace Hogg-Robinson

Actress hailing from a very small hamlet, known by friends for being clumsy and overly enthusiastic, known by strangers (that watch daytime TV) for being a sassy goth. Sometimes found selling sweets, sometimes found talking to herself…ah well, we’re all mad here.

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The Rocking 50s: Becoming an actor later in life

I remember plucking up the courage to phone a couple of drama schools when I was thirty-six. Both told me over the phone that I was too old. So I let it go. Then, in my forties, I became an extra, thinking it might be a way into acting. It certainly isn’t, but I learned a lot and had some great experiences. I was in my fifties when I got accepted on a two year full-time training at drama school.

Kathy Trevelyan

Ex teacher, community worker and European organiser (whatever that means). Current day job as a tour guide. Mum, grandma. Gets all worked up about politics and yells on demonstrations. Loves family, friends, the cat, good food, travel, music, books and, of course, theatre.

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Not Getting In To Drama School: £400 well spent

“We think you should look in to pursuing a career as a puppet therapist”.
My response was a snigger, I had just spent the last 15 minutes telling my secondary school careers advisor how acting was everything I had ever wanted to do and she tells me that puppet therapy would be a more sensible career path. I knew that getting in to acting would be hard, I’ve always known that- I’ve always been prepared for that. I’ve always known who I was and who I wanted to be. I was the girl who got the top grades, the best parts; I work bloody hard- I deserve to do well! But now? After too many unsuccessful drama school auditions I’m beginning to doubt myself.

Gemma Steele

Gemma is an ‘actor’ who hasn’t been in a single TV show, film or professional theatre production but she does make a mean Chicken Korma. Her blog – ‘Book Ends & Ticket Stubs’ – can be viewed via the link below.

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  • Actor Mentorship

Actors (16-25), seeking Actors (26+)

I was five. My parents were entertaining friends and I had gone to bed hours before. Unable to sleep, I crept out of my bed and into the living room, where my audience were enjoying themselves over glasses of wine and After Eights. Without a word, I reached for the best song in my repertoire, popped it in the CD player, made my way to the stage (the rug in front of the fireplace) and gave the people what they wanted…. A heartfelt rendition of Whitney’s ‘I Will Always Love You’, sung into the audio remote control with eyes closed for extra emphasis. I think that was probably the moment my parents and I knew I was going to become an actor…

Amy Blair

Northern Irish born and bred. Drama Teacher, FOH Usher and Actor*.

*Sometimes.

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