This morning, I'm very sad to hear of the passing of the incandescent John Rogan. I interviewed him at his home a little under two years ago and left with a spring in my step. Here he was, in a wheelchair and heavily reliant on the care and assistance of others, talking about his life - and his health - as a great gift. Philosophical doesn't begin to cover it. Thanks, John, for the perspective.
I'm away from home at the monent, so haven't been able to re-record an intro, but hope this rough edit will fill the gap in the meantime. Here is 26 minutes of audio I'm immensely proud of, and which put a smile on my face once again as I listened back this morning.
Watch the very first UK Emerging Actors Roundtable, a new collaboration between Honest Actors and Spotlight… NOW!
The idea was to extend the Honest Actors project beyond those who are already working, and to give those who are entering the industry – or are just about to – an honest impression of what it’s like out there, and what they can realistically expect. And so, last autumn, I opened applications for actors who wanted to take part. The rules were simple: they had to be a) graduating from either drama school or university in 2017, or b) have entered the industry after January 2015 without training at an accredited school.
The final group of actors were chosen from well over a hundred applicants, following a selection process that involved not just a written application, but also Skype interviews and a lot of shuffling and reshuffling of headshots. My aim was simple, in theory at least: to find a group that reflected not just a range of back-stories, but also of starting points and aspirations. So difficult was the task, that I failed to make one final cut, ending up with a cast of seven rather than six.
The plan now is to meet these same seven again later in the year to see how things have progressed. For me, the project really only begins to work when we have seen how the same group of individuals progress over time. This is the very first stage of an experiment. As such, the results may differ from those anticipated, but that is a large part of the reason for undertaking the process in the first place. You can read more about the cast here.
Anyway, enough from me; it’s time to get stuck in! And if you like it, please of share the good news on social media. If you want to see the project progress to the next stage, the first step is helping us create enough of a demand.
Thanks! And, as always, I hope you enjoy it…
The first episode of the Emerging Actors Roundtable series is available now (in two parts) on the Spotlight UK YouTube Channel….
The time is at last here to meet the actors that make up the cast of the very first UK Emerging Actors Roundtable...
24 year old actor and cat of many hats. Bilingual Travel kid. Training at Drama Studio London.
“The first Honest Actors’ Roundtable served as a starting point for a discussion that must continue. We are a group of passionate people exchanging our experiences and understanding of what is an incredible yet difficult industry to enter. The roundtable will hopefully be able to bring into discussion vital issues for emerging actors but most importantly show that we’re all in the same boat and can help each other find solutions to the challenges we face”
Untrained actress/English Rose/Norfolk Thorn. Mother of two cats. Thinks she’s funnier than she really is.
“There’s nothing more comforting than to hear you’re not alone. No matter who you are/what stage you’re at in your career, you always have something to gain from hearing the stories of us and sharing your own. Feeling lost in the industry? Me too. Let’s go!“
Southern African actor and deviser. Third year at Central. In an Afro jazz funk rock band. Will dance, to anything, without requests.
“The roundtable affirmed how many voices there are available to us, so that when we speak we really do speak with the voice of legions. It’s scary being an actor, and it made me sad and hopeful to meet other people who’s vulnerabilities I recognised as my own."
Surviving actress and singer, chronic foodie and lyric writer of sorts. Final year student at university in Lancashire auditioning for drama school MAs. Lover of SLEEP.
“The first roundtable reminded me that it is ok and totally cool to be wherever you’re at on your journey; there is no right or wrong way of going about your career. On the whole, it provides a big platform for little voices in the performance world to be heard and make an impact on others.”
29 year old Belgian Greek Moroccan Archaeologist turned actor/deviser. Third year BA Acting, Collaborative & Devised Performance student. Casual reader of Mesopotamian clay tablets.
“What I took away from our first roundtable is a real sense of community, of people willing to wrestle with important questions regarding training and entering the profession. We don’t get to hear that very often! This roundtable reflects the diversity of the community and sincerely hope that everyone watching it will see themselves in it.”
North West based Actor, now on an MA in London, adjusting to student life by wearing black, accruing debt and eating couscous. Needs tea and sleep to function.
“The biggest thing I took away from the first roundtable is the sense of meeting like-minded people, despite us all having wildly different backgrounds and chosen paths for the future, we all share a passion for the work. I think watching us chat, will remind people we’re all in the same boat.”
Lapsed scientist and corporate type trying out a bit of acting while riding-out a mid-life crisis. Father of two, lover of crisps. Probably asks too many questions.
“It was nice to realise that, just like the regular podcast guests, there was a connection based on shared concerns and dreams for our acting job. It’s always fun to spend time with people who, despite everything, have to be doing what they do.”
The first episode of the Emerging Actors Roundtable series is available from 3pm today (in two parts) on the Spotlight UK YouTube Channel….
As People, Places & Things opens on the West End, I decided to release the unedited version of my highly popular interview with that production's star, Olivier Award nominee Denise Gough. Part 1 went live last week. With the award ceremony taking place tonight, here's Part 2...
As People, Places & Things opens on the West End, I decided to release the unedited version of my highly popular interview with that production's star, Olivier Award nominee Denise Gough. Part 2 coming soon...