March 31, 2017
With just over a week to go before Angels in America opens at the NT, I have a brand new Denise Gough interview ready to release into the world. I know you want it…
But there are just over three weeks to go until I run the London Marathon for the Actors’ Children’s Trust and I have so far raised only 40% of my £1500 target.
So, I’m holding the new episode hostage.
Help me get to 100%, and I’ll release Denise. A kind of a trade. Let’s call it a special thank you.
And to help us get there together, all profits from the sale of the Honest Actors’ opening night cards between now and the end of April will be added to the total. That’s a minimum of £1 for every single card sold.
So, get your opening night cards, give to the Actors’ Children’s Trust, and help resolve our hostage situation, all at the same time, visit www.inanything.com
Or if you’d like to boost the ransom via JustGiving, you can do that at www.justgiving.com/jharden.
Thanks to everyone who has pitched in so far! You’re keeping me going in what has been a difficult few weeks of training. I fell off the wagon for a bit and didn’t run at all for about three weeks, but am getting back into it now, and all being well should be able to cross the line in under four hours. There’s just another 120 miles to run before I can begin the process of recovery and relax in the knowledge that I will never, ever put myself through this again.
For now though, we all need to stay focussed on one thing: #ReleaseDenise
Interview recorded at Spotlight on 3rd October 2016.
March 21, 2017
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.
March 6, 2017
Recorded at the offices of Dalzell & Beresford on 16th February 2017. The Honest Actors' Podcast is sponored by TodayTix. Donate to Jonathan's London marathon fundraising campaign at www.justgiving.com/jharden
February 20, 2017
Recorded at Spotlight Studios on 7th February 2017. The Honest Actors' Podcast is sponored by TodayTix. Donate to Jonathan's London marathon fundraising campaign at www.justgiving.com/jharden
February 6, 2017
Recorded at his home on 3rd February 2017. The Honest Actors' Podcast is sponored by TodayTix. Donate to Jonathan's London marathon fundraising campaign at www.justgiving.com/jharden
January 30, 2017
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….
January 23, 2017
Recorded at Spotlight on 19th December 2016. The Honest Actors' Podcast is sponored by TodayTix. Donate to Jonathan's London marathon fundraising campaign at www.justgiving.com/jharden
January 16, 2017
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….
January 9, 2017
Peter McDonald, recorded at his home on 2nd December 2015. The Honest Actors' Podcast is sponsored by TodayTix.
December 12, 2016
Michaela Coel, recorded at Retort Media on 9th September 2016. The Honest Actors' Podcast is sponsored by TodayTix.
November 28, 2016
Arsher Ali, recorded at Spotlight on 16th November 2016. The Honest Actors' Podcast is sponsored by TodayTix.
November 14, 2016
Amanda Abbington, recorded at Equity on 25th August 2016. The Honest Actors' Podcast is sponsored by TodayTix.
October 31, 2016
Billy Carter, recorded via FaceTime or Skype or something - NYC to SW16 - on 14th April 2015. The Honest Actors' Podcast is sponsored by TodayTix.
October 17, 2016
Perdita Weeks, recorded at her home sometime in 2015. Seriously, I have no idea. The Honest Actors' Podcast is sponsored by TodayTix.
October 3, 2016
Joe McGann, recorded at Equity on 23rd August, 2016. Podcast sponsored by TodayTix.
September 30, 2016
Emma Lowndes, recorded at the office of Daragh Carville on 26th November, 2015. Podcast sponsored by TodayTix.
September 30, 2016
Noma Dumezweni, recorded at a secret location in Soho on 19th August, 2016. Podcast sponsored by TodayTix.
April 3, 2016
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...
March 22, 2016
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...