"Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven".

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A series of candid chats with the industry’s most interesting people

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#10

COLUMNIST / CAREER ADVISOR (THE STAGE)

& AGENT

There are very few people in this industry with the experience, knowledge and care that John has.  He has over 30 years experience as a writer, broadcaster and performer.  He’s written for The Stage, with his Dear John column, supporting and providing advice to performers of all levels since 2003.  He’s also the Co-Founder of New Wonder Management, a boutique talent agency.  And, he is one of the nicest people we have ever had the pleasure to meet.

In this one hour interview John provides information, insights and of course some of the many stories from his experiences.  An interview not to be missed and a person most definitely to keep on your radar.  A one in a million!

Follow John on Twitter @dearjohnbyrne and for one to one sessions with John visit www.performingcareers.com/speaking/

#9

ACTOR & WRITER

Ever wondered what life is like working on a soap or think you already know?  Hold onto those preconceptions and take a look at this first…  In this candid interview Bob shares his stories, insights, and some surprising observations of the soap world.  

LAMDA trained, with over 20 years experience across theatre, film, radio and TV,  Bob was recently nominated for an Inside Soap Award for his role as Glenn Donovan in Hollyoaks.  The son of comedian Barry Cryer, he also writes, and their radio play ‘Mrs Hudson’s Diaries’ was recently showcased on BBC Radio 4.  

#8

ACTING AGENT

IAL AGENCY LONDON

Acting Agents, like Casting Directors, are pillars in our industry and our working life, and yet we very rarely get to speak to them or hear them talk in any great detail.  

John Daniel Kelleher is a leading Acting Agent at International Actors London.  An established boutique agency specialising in international and immigrant actors working in the UK.  We love John’s blunt and bold views – exactly as it is, from the horses mouth! 

In this interview John talks at length about the acting industry from a agents perspective, with insights into an agents world, their relationships with their talent, what they expect from actors, how to get on their radar, and much more.

More information about International Actors London can be found at www.ialagency.com.  

Follow them on Twitter @IALAgency  

#7

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER &

FOUNDER OF MIXING NETWORKS

Michael started out as an actor and worked successfully in New York, London and LA.  While working in the States he saw how different the training there was – actors do not stop training in America, they will go straight from set to an acting class!  Michael brought this concept back to the UK and established Mixing Networks, which now hosts Actor workshops almost every night of the week in London, with the biggest Casting Directors and Acting Agents in the industry.  

Michael now works as a Director and Producer alongside Mixing Networks. His experience both as an actor and the knowledge he has from Mixing Networks is invaluable.   

In this interview he shares his advice on making the move to America and how to do it, his acting and audition insights and tips gained from listening to all the top casting directors and agents, and countless tips for getting ahead in acting.

For more info about Michael and Mixing Networks see www.mixingnetworks.com & @mixingnetworks

#6

VOICE AGENT

CALYPSO VOICES

Have you thought about voice over work yet? Most actors will at some point, because it comes hand in hand with acting.  It pays well, it’s easy to run alongside your acting, and in our experience it’s really enjoyable. 

Jane is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to voice over. She’s literally the go to for the media folk when they need a voice, because of her experience and because she’s bloody good at what she does.   

This really is a must watch for anyone interested in VO work, or who’s already doing it.  It’s honest, current and a little bit brutal!

More information about Calypso can be found at www.calypsovoices.com

Follow them on Twitter and Facebook @CalypsoVoices

#5

CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPIST

PETLEY HYPNOSIS

Every actor at some point (or for majority of the time if you’re like us!) has to deal with personal ‘blocks’ – those things that hold us back and stop us moving forward and achieving our goals. 

Peter has been helping actors, and some very big actors at that, dissolve those blocks and move forwards successfully in their careers. Whether it’s audition nerves, stage fright, or the ‘big C’, CONFIDENCE, he’s dealt with it all. 

Hypnosis for actors – surprised?  We were a bit too, now we’re lining up for it!  An absolutely brilliant interview with invaluable info.

Find out more about Peter and Hypnosis at www.petleyhypnosis.com

Follow @petleyhypnosis on Twitter and Facebook for tips and information.

#4

CASTING DIRECTORS 

HAMMOND COX CASTING

A refreshingly candid chat with this dynamic duo, one of the most prolific casting directors in the UK, working internationally across commercials, music videos and film.   

Get an honest account of the commercial industry today, along with their unique insights and advice. What do they expect from an actor?  What mistakes do they see actors making time and time again?  What do they think makes a successful actor?  It’s all here, straight from the horse’s mouth.

If you want to get ahead with your commercial castings this is a must watch.

More info about Hammond Cox Casting can be found at www.hammondcoxcasting.com  

Follow them for regular updates and casting briefs @hammondcox on Twitter and @HammondCoxCasting on Facebook

#3

PERFORMANCE COACH

Want to evolve and reach your full potential?  Then you need to see this. 

Performance Coach, Anna Reynolds, has become a go to for many actors. A Master NLP Practitioner, she has also trained in various coaching practices and different methodologies to facilitate behavioural change. Alongside which she is heavily influenced by the work of Carl Jung, stoicism and eastern philosophies and practices.  Her work is about transformation, behavioral change, and evolving much deeper thinking and perspectives in order to break through things that hold us back and achieve.   

The information contained in this interview alone has the potential to help you evolve, personally and professionally.  

If you want to know more about Anna see www.annareynoldscoach.com 

Follow Anna @anna.reynolds_coach on Instagram and @annareynoldsperformancecoach on Facebook

#2

CASTING DIRECTOR

PURO CASTING

You’d think that someone who started their career assisting Jeremy Zimmerman, worked for Europe’s leading talent agent Independent, worked as head of development for Guy Ritchie’s production Company SKA Films, and who now operates as one of the top casting directors in the UK, might be a little scary!  But no, Manuel is one of the nicest and most humble people in the industry that we’ve come across. 

In this interview he shares his knowledge, insights and stories, along with tips and advice for you.  Casting stripped bare, along with its flaws, how it’s changing, and of course, how to get on his radar.

For more information and tips from Manuel take a look at  www.purocasting.com  where you’ll also find his ’21 Day Self Tape Challenge’, which we highly recommend (it’s ruddy hard… we dare you!).

#1

ACTING & VOICE COACH

Mel has become a bit of a legend in the industry having worked with so many extraordinary Actors and Directors over the years.  Some of which include: Benedict Cumberbatch; Sheridan Smith; Keira Knightly; Angelina Jolie; Luke Besson; Guy Ritchie; Tim Burton; and Roman Polanksi in different capacities.  Not only does she work with the biggest talent across the globe, but she’s taught across majority of the top UK drama schools too. 

In this interview Mel share’s her stories, tips, advice and insights into the world of acting in film and television.  We discuss the evolution of the industry and the impact on actors, what actors are good and bad at, how she supports actors both in preparation and on set, and much more. A must watch!

For more information about Mel see www.melchurcher.com & www.actingcoach.london & Twitter @MelChurcher 

Mel’s two books are worthy of a place on every actors book shelf:

Acting For Film: Truth 24 Times A Second 

A Screen Acting Workshop

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