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Award-winning acting blog featuring curated blog articles written by actors and those who live in close proximity, on a variety of subjects: family to industry, community to mental health. With regular posts by podcast creator and host Jonathan Harden, plus The Anonymous Actor and others, including Katie Elin-Salt, Chris Tester and Katie Redford.

Latest Blog Posts

‘How important is luck in an acting career?’

I’ve been asking this question in the podcast from the start. So I figured it was time we got a definitive answer. Not from me, obviously. Over resident ‘acting cheerleader’, Anthony English…

Luck, fate, kismet. It has a variety of names and everyone of them it can be an absolute bastard.

By |September 19th, 2016|Categories: Advice to Actors, Comment, Journal|Tags: |
  • actor mum

Becoming a mum straight after graduating from drama school

I loved drama school. I was a ‘mature’ student you see, and even though there were things I didn’t like about drama school, I found my bliss there after years of trying to find fulfilment in other careers. So, when the head of my course asked me what I really wanted in the future, the words that came out of my mouth shocked me, “a family” I said, “and to earn my living as an actor”. I got my wish, but the reality feels very different to the dream.

By |September 15th, 2016|Categories: *Trending Now*, Family, Humour, Journal|Tags: , , , , , |
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Notes from an expectant actress/mother

There’s a thing about being an actress that initially affects women more than men. While the men are affected in the long term, generally, they don’t stop working at any point in the lead up.

Having a baby.

By |September 15th, 2016|Categories: *Trending Now*, Family, Journal|Tags: , , , , , |
  • Give Us A No

Why I want to know if I didn’t get the job

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.

By |September 14th, 2016|Categories: Comment, Industry|Tags: , |
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If casting directors sent automatic updates…

You may have already seen Stephen Fletcher’s open email to Equity and Spotlight (his #letusknow campaign or the longer-standing @giveusano Twitter account), read the recent ‘Soapbox’ article in The Stage, or remember Trevor Cooper’s article on the subject for the Honest Actors’ Blog. In any case, it’s impossible to deny that there is a growing chorus of voices speaking out about the radio silence that often follows auditions.

By |September 12th, 2016|Categories: *Trending Now*, Comment, Industry|Tags: , |

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