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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Careers Clinic: Is it worth doing a postgraduate acting course? by John Byrne

I took a literature and drama degree at university. Both elements have helped get my twin careers off the ground: freelance proofreader

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Actor and Open Door founder David Mumeni: ‘My first week at drama school felt like Hogwarts’ by John Byrne

I hadn’t really grown up around acting or theatre. I grew up glued to the TV, watching everything that was on. Everything.

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Guildhall’s interim head of acting Brodie Ross: ‘We have a responsibility to the stories we want to see being told’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? When I was 17, I was taken against my will to a production of Macbeth.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Careers Clinic: How do I move from chef to actor? by John Byrne

I became interested in acting while building my main career as a chef. For 10 years I worked my way up through

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Outlander, Doctor Who and Peppa Pig star Colin McFarlane: ‘Kirk Douglas told me to learn to love rejection’ by John Byrne

My first TV job was Dutch Girls with Colin Firth and my first professional theatre job was Othello at Chester Gateway. But

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Movement and directing teacher Ayse Tashkiran: ‘Keep communicating the joy of movement’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? I joined the school drama club aged 11, read drama at Bristol University and trained with

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Careers Clinic: How can our scare show work for kids? by John Byrne

Over the past two summers, a few actor friends and I have connected through doing walkabout parts at historic sites, scare acting

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Ailema Sousa: ‘There were never any black women with prominent speaking roles, so I wrote some’ by John Byrne

My first job was in 2013 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The play was A Concrete Jungle Full of Wild Cars by

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Improv teacher Keith Johnstone: ‘Look inward rather than outward for inspiration’ by John Byrne

How did you start off teaching improv? As a play reader and director at London’s Royal Court in the 1960s, we found

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Careers Clinic: How do I prepare for a line-reader job? by John Byrne

I have done a couple of auditions for a well-known casting director, including some for big series roles. Even though I haven’t

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Writer and director John King: ‘You get used to being the only Irish person in a room’ by John Byrne

I shared the first 10 pages of my play Eris with my friend Laura in 2016. We had both been chosen to

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Lighting designer and teacher Sofia Alexiadou: ‘Inspiration hides in the most unpredictable places’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? During my master’s degree in Theatre Studies, I watched a performance of Henry IV (Enrico IV)

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Careers Clinic: Is it risky to have my partner as manager? by John Byrne

I met my partner at drama school and, while he is very talented, in the last two years I seem to be

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Acting teacher Robert Marsden: ‘My advice to students? Play the long-term game’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I realised in my undergraduate years that I didn’t quite have the skills to become

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Actor Linda Hargreaves on her first job: ‘This business is not for the faint-hearted’ by John Byrne

I studied drama at Birmingham School of Acting and was fortunate enough to be approached by several agents following our final London

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Open Door – the free audition scheme opening doors to top drama schools by John Byrne

Supported by funders including Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke, the Open Door scheme is making world-class training accessible for all. John Byrne

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Alphabet Acting founder Ketorah Williams: ‘Watching Sophie Okonedo on stage was an acting masterclass’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? My first role was the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz at primary school. We

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Actor Laura Pradelska: ‘The lesson from my first audition? Preparation’ by John Byrne

I had my first audition when I was 19. It was during pilot season in Los Angeles for the TV version of

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Careers Clinic: How do I deal with a tricky acting client? by John Byrne

I’ve always enjoyed teaching alongside acting, so I felt being an acting coach would be a good day job. I believe I

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

My first job: Holby City’s Gemma Oaten – ‘I love auditions; if you stay true to you, you can’t go wrong’ by John Byrne

My first professional TV audition was for two episodes of BBC’s Doctors. I had graduated from Drama Studio London just two weeks

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Dance teacher Daniel Squire – ‘Students should immerse themselves and reserve judgement’ by John Byrne

Daniel Squire teaches the Merce Cunningham technique at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and elsewhere (as a guest) How did you

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Careers Clinic: How important is ‘who you know’ to get an acting job? by John Byrne

Although acting has always been my first love, life and family priorities took my career in a different direction and it is

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Playwright and actor Meghan Tyler: ‘My first job gave me the confidence I needed to keep writing’ by John Byrne

Nothing to Be Done was my debut play as a writer. The beautiful wee absurdist tragicomedy played a number of international festivals

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ActUpNorth creative director David Crowley: ‘Too many gifted actors are out of work. It is heartbreaking’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? As a young person, I loved theatre but the thought of being on stage myself

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Careers Clinic: How do I nail a top-level casting? by John Byrne

I helped a friend shoot a showreel scene recently. A few weeks later, I received an email from her agent to say

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Upswing circus’ Victoria Amedume: ‘My first job taught me the importance of boundaries’ by John Byrne

Until my first job offer, I had not considered that the performing arts could be a career. The company was called Exponential.

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Acting teacher Emma Catherine Robinson: ‘Know yourself and find your niche in the market’ by John Byrne

Which organisations have you taught at? Bird College and Italia Conti Arts Centre. Before that, I worked as a teacher in formal

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Soprano Nadine Benjamin: ‘There are no shortcuts to being thorough and committed’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre/music? Initially, I heard and experienced music in church, becoming more active when I started secondary

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Actor CJ Johnson on her first audition: ‘Next thing, I’m belting out I Dreamed a Dream for Coldplay’s Chris Martin’ by John Byrne

My first professional audition was as a ‘wild card’ for Fantine in Les Miserables. I was still in training and they contacted

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

How to boost your acting career with promotional work by John Byrne

Actors who are between roles or in training often use their performance skills in promotional work. John Byrne looks at some key

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Acting coach Sophie Mensah: ‘Training doesn’t finish after drama school’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? I first studied acting at Chichester under a very inspiring teacher, Loraine Edwards. On the BA

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