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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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Jack Silver on his first Edinburgh Fringe: ‘A week before we opened we were nearly £6,000 short’ by John Byrne

Someone once told me: “Banish negativity from your life. Things won’t always work, but if you stay positive you learn from the

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Careers Clinic: I’m broke – how do I cope at Edinburgh Festival Fringe? by John Byrne

I’m off to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe next week to be in a show some friends and I have been working on

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Working at theme parks: should you dodgem or will it be the ride of your life? by John Byrne

Theme park work isn’t just sweating in a Minnie Mouse costume during a hot Paris summer, there’s a variety of diverse and

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Vocal rehab coach Dane Chalfin: ‘Successful theatre practitioners need stick-with-it-ness’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I went to performing arts high school and drama school in the US. Shortly after

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Actor Erika Poole: ‘If you audition with an open heart, things are more likely to go your way’ by John Byrne

My first job was as an assistant stage manager in 1977, touring in the Lake District before gaining a place at Webber

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Careers Clinic: How do I recover from an email gaffe? by John Byrne

It was all going so well. I’ve just done my graduation showcase and signed with a new agent. I also have a

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Agent Josh Boyd Rochford: ‘Today’s drama students need to learn not only how to act, but how to survive’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? Aged 11, as a principal boy soprano at English National Opera where I stayed until I

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Performer and writer Naomi Paxton: ‘My first job taught me not to shut moments down before they happen’ by John Byrne

My first professional job was as an angel in Deborah Warner’s The Tower Project, produced as part of London International Festival of

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Careers clinic: How do I put a voice reel together? by John Byrne

I’m not quite ready to give up acting altogether, but I do feel I’m getting too old for constant touring. That’s where

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Actor Letitia Hector: ‘I didn’t realise a web series would be life-changing for me’ by John Byrne

My first paid acting job was Venus vs Mars, a series for Sky Living in 2015. As well as being a first

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’Til This Night artistic director Karl Falconer: ‘Get a normal job before you train: it gives perspective’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? As a working-class artist from the suburbs of Liverpool, I had no idea how to

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Careers Clinic: How do I start my career on the right path? by John Byrne

It seems like only yesterday I was nervously shuffling in for my drama school audition. Two years later I am preparing for

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Actor Melissa Johns: ‘My first job taught me how to deal with frustration and move on’ by John Byrne

My first professional acting audition was in July 2012 for a play called The Prize, to be performed at Live Theatre, Newcastle

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Dance teacher Lisa Fernandez Adams: ‘Be true to your creativity: don’t mimic, create’ by John Byrne

The dance teacher and head of performing arts at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College in Southampton talks to John Byrne about her

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Enter Stage Write founder Natalie Edward-Yesufu: ‘Why do people talk about inclusion and take no action?’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? I started in New York, Off-Broadway producing events celebrating new writing and introducing new international talent

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

James Bond star Madeline Smith: ‘My father bought my first copy of The Stage knowing my interest in acting’ by John Byrne

I got into a wonderful amateur company in Ealing called the Questors, which is still active, aged 15, when I was at

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

NYT digital associate Ben Carlin: ‘When used well in theatre, digital tech is magic’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? Growing up in Cornwall, I was introduced to fantastic companies such as Kneehigh Theatre, O-region

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Director Paula Paz: ‘My first job taught me to be ready to say yes to opportunities’ by John Byrne

I was a 16-year-old dancer at Maria Gimenez Ballet in Spain – the youngest of the company and very shy. I was

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Careers Clinic: How can I move my career to the UK? by John Byrne

I hope you won’t mind giving some advice on UK theatre careers to somebody living on the other side of the world.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Actor and coach Nicky Raby: ‘Make people-watching your number one hobby’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? School plays, a local dance school and youth theatre, and then National Youth Music Theatre.

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Burlesque performer Tempest Rose: ‘I had to learn how to entertain people sitting around me with my just my personality’ by John Byrne

My first burlesque job was in Kitten Club Burlesque Cabaret at underground burlesque club Volupte. I trained in musical theatre and had

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

MTA principal Annemarie Lewis Thomas: ‘I don’t want my college to be some elitist institution’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre?  I trained as a ballet accompanist back home in Swansea and then did a BA

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Radio presenter Angie Greaves: ‘Enjoy yourself and your audience will as well’ by John Byrne

My first presenting job was with Spectrum Radio. At the time I was working as a producer at Capital Radio. It was

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Writer Ade Solanke: ‘My first play taught me that fortune favours the brave’ by John Byrne

My first play was Pandora’s Box at the Arcola Theatre in London, produced by my own company Spora Stories. A planned production

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Performing arts technical tutor Tracy Thompson: ‘Be honest about what you know. It saves embarrassment and reduces risk’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? While studying psychology I joined the drama society. I then did a foundation degree in

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