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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Careers Clinic: How do I restart my acting career? by John Byrne

I worked regularly as an actor throughout the 1970s and 1980s and, although never a star name, enjoyed every minute. I left

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody’s Neil Fox-Roberts: ‘It’s essential to show D/deaf role models’ by John Byrne

My first job was in 1993 for Mockbeggar Theatre Company in a play called Against the Grain. But I would like to

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Artistic director of Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme, Sue Emmas: ‘Be kind’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? No one in my family had an interest in theatre so it’s hard to know where

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Careers Clinic: Do I tell an agent I don’t want to tour? by John Byrne

I have spent most of the last 16 months in touring shows. It’s been an excellent crash course in being a working

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Actor Sunjay Midda: ‘When acting on camera, it is all about your eyes’ by John Byrne

My first acting job is the job I’m still doing. I’ve played Shak in BBC1’s Doctors since September 2015. Roughly a month

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Performance enhancement coach Nico Kolokythas: ‘Seek knowledge and ask questions’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in dance? A sequence of coincidences: I was walking the path to my office thinking of an

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Careers Clinic: How can I catch up with my more experienced fellow cast members? by John Byrne

I have just started a long summer tour with a Shakespearean comedy. I auditioned just before my part-time drama course ended and

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Natasha J Barnes: ‘Minutes after the audition, I had a recall for my first West End show’ by John Byrne

My first professional job came about because of a conversation I had 10 years ago with the director Graham Hubbard. We had

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Drama teacher Maddy Anholt: ‘Make sure you have a minimum of one idea every month’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in performance? I trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and have been working professionally

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Careers Clinic: How do I approach casting directors? by John Byrne

When we were graduating from drama school last year, our class was given a set of email templates and a list of

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Actor Susan Twist: ‘My first job taught me to dare to make mistakes’ by John Byrne

I left LAMDA in 1978 and I was lucky enough to get an agent after our final shows, but in those days

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Edward Nudd, Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama – ‘You have to truly want to succeed’ by John Byrne

How did you start in dance/performance? I started my performance career at an early age with the National Youth Theatre and the

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Which skills should I put on my CV? by John Byrne

After several years of juggling part-time training with my day job, I am ready to try to make it pay off by

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Lecturer Steph Smart: ‘Keep fighting for what you want, regardless of the obstacles in your way’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in performance? I started at my local drama group, the Little Theatre in Nairn. I took part

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Actor Taighen O’Callaghan, 14: ‘Don’t think about a role after the audition, even if you want it badly’ by John Byrne

My first screen job was a commercial in 2017. We filmed in Watford, not far from where I live, but as it

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Careers Clinic: I have always wanted to be an actor, but am not sure I have the ­confidence by John Byrne

I have always wanted to be a professional actor but I am not sure I have the confidence. I’m not talking about

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Mousetrap Theatre Projects’ Susan Whiddington: ‘Nothing is too small to be important’ by John Byrne

After volunteering for several arts organisations in my home town of St Louis, Missouri, I was offered an opportunity to work for

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ArtsEd director of school of acting Julie Spencer: ‘Steal what works for you and make it your own’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? As an actor in the late 1980s. What is the best piece of advice you have

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Working for for an outdoor theatre company – will it be sunshine or thundershowers? by John Byrne

From Shakespeare to puppets, pub gardens to palaces, the summer season provides opportunities for outdoor work across the UK. John Byrne speaks

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Careers Clinic: Should I work for an agent as a day job? by John Byrne

I have had several office-based day jobs since leaving drama school. This wasn’t how I envisaged my future after three years of

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

My first job: performer Danny Rogers – ‘Always have smart, polished shoes’ by John Byrne

I always loved watching and taking part in my dad’s – Ted Rogers – shows across the country. From watching and mimicking

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Guildhall’s Dan Shorten: ‘Creatives have a constant nagging feeling things could be bigger and better’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? My sixth-form theatre studies teacher convinced me it was a good subject to try. What is

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Careers Clinic: Will my ‘stupid’ past online haunt me? by John Byrne

My journey on social media has been similar to most actors I know. I initially didn’t see the point of it, then

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Technician James Andrew Dawson: ‘I loved my first job at London’s Vault Festival’ by John Byrne

My first paid job as a technician was at London’s Vault Festival, where I worked for a few months, on and off,

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Creative and Cultural Skills’ Melanie Shee: ‘Employers are looking for soft, transferable skills’ by John Byrne

What organisations / colleges have you worked at? I have worked in business development and as a trainer, assessor, qualification designer and fundraiser for

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Actor Lucy Aarden: ‘My gender-flipped audition monologue secured me my first job’ by John Byrne

My first theatre job was an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, touring Italy. I used to trawl Spotlight for roles despite having

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Head of drama at St Mary’s Mark Griffin: ‘Stay on top of new skills – theatre moves fast’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? A sympathetic teacher encouraged me to apply for the National Youth Theatre. What is your

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Careers Clinic: Am I entitled to audition feedback? by John Byrne

I thought I was about to have my big career breakthrough, but at the last minute, things have come crashing down to

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How to fund your drama school training by John Byrne

A wide range of scholarships and bursaries is available across the training sector to help ease financial worries while studying. John Byrne

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Actor Jade Samuels: ‘I got my first job because I offered something different at the audition’ by John Byrne

My first job was performing in a musical called The Good Enough Mums Club. I got the part when I was still

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Make-up academy director Petar Agbaba: ‘I love seeing one of our graduate’s names in film credits’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in the industry? I started as a stagehand in the film industry, helping and assisting the construction

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