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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Careers Clinic: Can I audition for my dream role? by John Byrne

Just before leaving drama school, I got to play my dream role in a contemporary play which was very popular overseas but

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Yorke Dance Project’s Yolande Yorke-Edgell: ‘Go for work you believe in – it will show at auditions’ by John Byrne

Just after graduating from London Studio Centre, I auditioned for Extemporary Dance Theatre. Sean Walsh, then the director, was creating a new

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Stage and TV actor David Dean Bottrell: ‘I love becoming a new person every time I work’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? As a teenager, I fell madly in love with a girl in our high school’s

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Careers Clinic: Is stand-up hindering my ‘proper writing’? by John Byrne

I started doing stand-up gigs between acting jobs and, as of last year, was able to get enough paid work that doing

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Jo Jasani: ‘Performing Shakespeare to a paying audience meant I finally felt like a bona fide actor’ by John Byrne

It’s hard to know when I first thought of myself as a bona fide actor. It was probably at drama school, when

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RADA’s Matt Leventhall: ‘Look for work experience on a tour, or at a regional theatre, not the West End’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? When I was very young, my dad used to take me to the local amdram

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Careers Clinic: How can I improve my memory? by John Byrne

I have had a varied career that started on the stage, moved into television and film for a decade or two, and

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Actor David Judge: ‘Be open, be adventurous, be brave’ by John Byrne

My first job was a feature-length horror film called An American Haunting. It was filmed in Romania and starred Donald Sutherland and

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Lecturer Donna Soto-Morettini: ‘Stay curious, open and adaptable – happiness comes in many forms’ by John Byrne

Donna Soto-Morettini is senior lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University How did you start in dance/performance? I began as a singer aged 15.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Careers Clinic: Am I too famous to take a smaller acting role? by John Byrne

At the start of my career, things moved quickly for me. I went from the chorus to playing musical theatre leads to

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Dance teacher Clare Limb: ‘Make the most of any opportunity – you can learn from everything’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? While reading English and theatre studies at the University of Lancaster, I was introduced to physical

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Director Debbie Hannan: ‘You are entitled to be here and theatre needs you to be yourself’ by John Byrne

I didn’t speak for two weeks on my first job, and I ended it having a voice. It was career and life-changing

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

East London Academy of Dramatic Art’s Behsat Ahmet: ‘Question everyone who is put on a higher level of authority’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I started out as a contemporary dancer, then worked in physical theatre, subsequently moving on

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Doctor Who casting director Andy Pryor: ‘Stage management was a great route into what I do now’ by John Byrne

I started out at as an assistant stage manager at Londons’ Royal Court and went on to be a stage manager at

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Acting coach Mel Churcher: ‘Play make-believe and never stop exploring’ by John Byrne

Where do you teach? I’m freelance – as well as leading workshops, I work as an acting and voice coach in film

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Actor Tom Stocks: ‘My first job taught me never to feel ashamed about asking to be paid’ by John Byrne

My first job was a great experience, but I came very close to not doing it. A lecturer at my university told

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Anastasia Osei-Kuffour: ‘I moved from a law career to assistant-direct Ibsen at the Young Vic’ by John Byrne

My first significant job in theatre was as the Boris Karloff trainee assistant director at the Young Vic on A Doll’s House,

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Arts Ed’s Stephen Hudson: ‘Actors should develop the ability to find ‘getting it wrong’ hilarious’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I trained as an actor at Drama Centre in London, graduating in 1998. What is

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tara Arts’ Jatinder Verma: ‘I was desperate to tell stories that reflected me’ by John Byrne

My first job was fetching egg curry for a bank manager in Sloane Square every lunchtime, which proved sound training for directing.

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Stagedoor Learning teacher Jenny Cameron: ‘We run the risk of theatre becoming a hobby of the rich by John Byrne

How did you start in dance/performance? I studied theatre at Warwick University, then did my PGCE, working as an English and drama

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Careers Clinic: Help, I don’t have a 2019 game plan! by John Byrne

It’s already over a week into the new year, and I seem to have failed at my very first task: making any

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Scam alert: how to spot the online ‘castings’ too good to be true by John Byrne

Offer of a film role out of the blue? Skype ‘audition’ making uncomfortable requests? Actors are too often targeted by online scammers

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Acting coach Daniel-John Williams: ‘We have everything an actor needs in the North’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? When I was eight years old, I loved making people laugh. I turned that ‘classroom

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Actor Helen Goldwyn: ‘Make your mark – don’t assume people can see how hard you’re working’ by John Byrne

My first adult, professional job was when I was 19. I was assistant stage manager and understudy for all three women in

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Stage school principal and actor Verity Rae Martin: ‘Those who work the hardest succeed’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I attended a dance school in Gravesend before joining the Brit School aged 14. What

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Actor Riz Meedin: ‘At the dress run for my first job, my bravado vanished, but I got through it’ by John Byrne

My first job was a 1989 production of Teechers by John Godber at the Technical and Vocational Education Initiative. That sounds like

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Careers Clinic: When should I send my acting showreel? by John Byrne

I’m about to do my first mail-out to agents and casting directors. Well, I say ‘about to’, but my new headshots, showreel

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Jon Sherwood: ‘I enjoy watching students progress’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre production? I trained in stage management at GSA drama school and went on to work professionally

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Selene C Jordan: ‘I used to be a police officer, but now I am a musical theatre star – you can be too’ by John Byrne

I was 10 years old when I was chosen to be one of the navy base kids in Carmen Jones at London’s

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Careers Clinic: How do I take my acting to the next step? by John Byrne

I am retired but I have always wanted to be an actor. I live in a small Midlands town where there are

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

How to choose a musical theatre course by John Byrne

With myriad options available it can be difficult to know where to begin when it comes to choosing musical theatre training. John

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