A fresh start for 2014

January 6, 2014 | Filed Under Acting, General News, Screenwriting 

So it’s the start of 2014, and once more I resurrect the blog from the ashes of what once was. The problem with the old one was that it had no purpose – it was more a diary than anything else, a random collection of minor triumphs and disappointments.

And who needs to read any of that? The web is full of underemployed actors whinging about their trials and tribulations already.

So the new and improved purpose of this blog is to write the experiences of a jobbing actor in the trenches. I’m going to feature Q&As with other actors in my position; links to helpful online resources for actors; and a place to pool helpful advice, tips, stories, observations and thoughts on how to do the job well – on everything from leeching the meaning from every last word in one’s sides to how to keep smiling and being productive in one’s darkest days.

There will also be some stuff in here about screenwriting. I love screenwriting. One of the most important things to do as an actor is to find ways to keep yourself feeling positive, especially if you’re in a dry patch/had a run of bad auditions/feeling low generally. Writing does that for me, and helps me also to understand how to read a script – what telling details the writer has inserted that you may otherwise have missed, which can help you sharpen your characterisation; what clues it can give you about pacing and delivery; how to spot a project not worth pursuing; and so on.

I’m looking to do updates once a week; if there are any specific topics you would like to see covered, let me know.

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