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Episode 3: Sinead Matthews

Episode 3 is here, and I don’t mind telling you it was aa tough decision picking which interview to release next. Why Sinead? Well, aside from the fact that I love her infectious laugh, I think it’s a very different episode to the first two.

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.

Episode Notes|

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.

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