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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My First Job: Gina Yashere – ‘I swapped engineering for stand-up comedy’ by John Byrne

I didn’t have any performing experience before starting stand-up – I was working as an engineer. I took to comedy like a

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How to… start out as an actor later in life by John Byrne

1. Don’t be afraid to start Acting is one of the most wonderful vocations that you can choose to pursue. Once you start

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Careers Clinic: How can I delegate my gigs? by John Byrne

I’m partially funding my drama studies by singing opera at corporate events, weddings and other functions. I’m classically trained, and over the

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My First Audition: Joey Akubeze – ‘I was scared of making a fool of myself in front of Timothy West’ by John Byrne

The first paid show I did was my final production at drama school. It was a production of King Lear at Bristol

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How to… survive as a working-class actor by John Byrne

1. Take every opportunity They say it’s not what you know, but who you know. Coming from a working-class background, the chances are

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Careers Clinic: How do I adapt my book for stage? by John Byrne

I had a lull in my acting work last summer and decided to try my hand at writing. My original aim was

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

How to… design for small-scale theatre by John Byrne

1. Balancing your creativity Small-scale theatre doesn’t mean scaling down your ideas, but keep in mind the theatre space for which you are

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Monday, June 5, 2017

My First Job: Tania Azevedo – ‘I won a slot at Edinburgh’ by John Byrne

The first time I directed a musical (or anything that wasn’t my high school production of Spring Awakening) was a new show

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Careers Clinic: Can actors make a sideways move? by John Byrne

I’ve been pursuing my career as an actor for about 19 years now and I’ve had some great experiences, but now I’m

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

How to be a theatre animal prop maker by John Byrne

Paul Robbens CV: More than 300 productions for organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, English National Opera, Royal Opera House, National Theatre,

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How to be a BSL interpreter for theatre by John Byrne

Kathy Yeoman Training: PG Dip in BSL/English interpreting CV: Rehearsal interpreter for Deafinitely Theatre’s Something Else, Grounded, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s

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How to be a theatre house manager by John Byrne

Stephen Hayes Organisation: National Theatre, London Training: Degree in Social Science CV: Watershed, Bristol: box office assistant, duty manager, house manager; National

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How to be a theatre automation operator by John Byrne

Joanne Colley Organisation: National Theatre, London Training: Tait Towers, Lititz, US CV: The Lord of The Rings (London), London 2012 Olympic and

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

How to… perform in care homes by John Byrne

1. Be positive Some people think this type of work is beneath them. If only they could realise how much you can hone

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My First Job: Davina Moon – ‘I stood on a chair and belted my head off’ by John Byrne

My first audition was at the Theatre Royal Stratford East for the role of Beauty in Beauty and the Beast. I had

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Careers Clinic: What do I do about my flaky co-star? by John Byrne

Your problem I have just completed a very enjoyable part-time course and have been looking forward to the industry showcase at the

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My First Audition: Angie Le Mar – ‘The director diagnosed my dyslexia’ by John Byrne

I was a part of a trio called Bemarro Sisters. We wrote and directed our own plays, which we performed at the

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How to… develop clowning skills by John Byrne

1. Be yourself Explore what makes you ridiculous. Find what makes you laugh and gives you pleasure on stage, what makes you happy.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Careers Clinic: Is my busy schedule putting off agents? by John Byrne

Over the past few years, I have seen you and several other career advisers I respect being very positive about actors ‘making

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My First Audition: Amy Rockson – ‘I treated it as an apprenticeship’ by John Byrne

My first audition was for Federico Garcia Lorca’s Dona Rosita, the Spinster at Pentameters Theatre in London. I was up for the

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How to… bring an American musical to the British stage by John Byrne

1. Get the word out early Bringing an American musical to the British stage is a lot harder if it’s not very well

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Careers Clinic: Is it worth agents seeing my small role? by John Byrne

I recently had some new headshots taken and am about to send out my latest round of emails to remind casting directors

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Stuck in a rut? Get your career back on track by John Byrne

After several years working as a freelance stage manager, Katy Demain decided that 2010 was her year to make a career move

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How to… perform in drag by John Byrne

1. Decide what kind of drag you’re doing It’s important to acknowledge what kind of drag artist the character is. I’m currently rehearsing

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My First Musical: Liam O’Rafferty – ‘Don’t ever think of the money’ by John Byrne

My musical Paper Hearts is set in a bookshop. It follows assistant Atticus Smith, a talented but lazy writer who lives through

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Careers Clinic: Does it matter where I train? by John Byrne

I am a mature student who has been undertaking short courses in acting for the past year and a half. I have

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

My First Audition: James Clay – ‘I pretended to turn into Tom Selleck while wearing swimming shorts’ by John Byrne

My first professional audition was while I was at drama school in 2010. An agent I’d had a meeting with put me up for

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How to… run an improv event by John Byrne

1. Have fun on stage – work hard behind the scenes Improv is not some side thing. It’s a full-on art form that

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Careers Clinic: Why has a new show dropped me? by John Byrne

One way I have been getting myself out there as an actor for the past year has been taking part in scratch

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My First Job: Anni Domingo – ‘my father changed his tune after seeing me on stage’ by John Byrne

My father, who believed I would never find work as an actress in England, was reluctant for me to study drama. He

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How to… stay positive while ‘resting’ by John Byrne

1. Accept reality For every performer, there will be times of feast and famine, sunshine and rain – even for those at the

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