Move Towards A Career in 2019

Move Towards A Career in 2019

Did you finish 2018 with your hopes high after auditioning for acting schools across Australia only to begin 2019 confused, frustrated and down hearted because you weren’t successful? Were you excited and looking forward to spending 2019 working towards your dream career and now are feeling hurt and unsure as to how to move forward but determined not to give up on what you know you can achieve? Do you feel a little humiliated after telling people of your plans and then not getting anywhere – even your parents are beginning to lose faith and have begun leading conversations to the subject of “back-up” plans? Have you been asking yourself, “Am I ever going to get started?” Are you feeling confused and wondering why other actors, not as talented as you, are getting through the door and winning opportunities, when you get overlooked? If you answered yes to any of these questions; firstly, you are not alone, and secondly, these questions have been created from my own personal experience going through exactly what you are going through. And I am sure you don’t want to take “no” for an answer in 2019. There are three mistakes people make after getting an industry knock-back: They allow the setback to alter their ideal. They start changing the goal posts. No longer believing they can achieve the dream in their hearts because they feel low after the setback, they convince themselves that they will be happy settling for a smaller, less scary, version, telling themselves its more “realistic” and that they aimed too high previously. They begin to buy into stories that...

How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found

Gap I production – October 2016   by Fin Kennedy Directed by Amanda Crewes What makes you who you are, Charlie? A name? An address? A random collection of experiences, a few memories? You are who you can prove you are. You are what people think. And that’s the easiest thing in the world to change. When a young executive reaches breaking point and decides to disappear, he pays a visit to a master of the craft in a seafront fortune teller’s in Southend. With echoes of Camus and Kafka, How To Disappear… follows one man’s desperate attempts to buck the system, and asks what really makes us who we are in the 21st century. “The sort of thrilling new work that completely restores your faith in theatre” Sheffield Star...

Macbeth

Gap II production – September 2016   by William Shakespeare Directed by Amanda Crewes All hail the King-Pin! The Scottish play is reimagined in the hot-bloodied, back-stabbing halls of Scotland Senior High School. This classic tale of murder and ambition lends itself to a fast-paced action-movie style, and director Amanda Crewes is seizing this opportunity to use the violence and action to serve as a counter-point to reveal a more vulnerable and human side of the titular character and his Lady M. “Delving into such controversial subjects as substance abuse, teenage sexuality, personality disorders, and mental illness Macbeth exposes audiences to the level of risk these kids live with on a daily basis and its disastrous effects. “This Macbeth has an Underbelly quality, presenting a life that we don’t normally see and that most people would like to pretend does not exist. ‘Drugs, gangs and weapons can be quite seductive to a young impressionable mind. This version of Macbeth introduces audiences to a world where the stakes are so high for these students, that antisocial choices and behaviours are the only way that they will get to experience what they believe is the essence of ‘normal’.’...

Fractured

Gap II production – April 2016 Directed by Hermione Gehle What Disney Didn’t Tell You “Fractured” is an original devised performance piece that explores the concept of ‘happy ever after’ and the reality behind the fantasy. Sometimes life isn’t a fairytale and the big bad wolf wears many guises. How do you find your way when the breadcrumbs are gone and the dark forest of thorns draws ever near? The path you choose is up to you but what price will you pay when things are not what they seem.    ...
Acting is Being Awake

Acting is Being Awake

Awake, being present and mindfulness – they are all the same thing. And without it our art dies. …   Never before has our society been so preoccupied with the past or the future or what we might be missing out on. With the increasing popularity of the likes of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter the anxiety associated with the fear of missing out is on the rise. All of this takes us out of the present moment. With our fast paced living we are becoming less and less present in the moment. “We often cannot hear our own inner voice, the voice of our artist’s inspiration, above the static.” Julian Cameron – The Artist’s Way Without these distractions, we are once again thrust into the sensory world. The present moment is one of the greatest tools for an actor. Actor training has become more about training the mind of the actor to remain present and the discipline associated with being mindful to the moment. If an actor cannot demonstrate this kind of discipline over his/her mind then their art is lost. It is in the moment in which the spontaneity of the scene lives. One of the first lessons my first acting teacher taught me was there are 3 types of actors: The first swims on the surface with mask and snorkel observing the fish below. The second dons scuba gear and bravely swims amongst the fish. But the third type of actor swims down and breathes with the fish. I love this analogy! It describes the mindfulness needed for a magical performance and also hints at the discipline and...