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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Careers Clinic: How do I improve my self-tapes quickly? by John Byrne

As an actor who has mainly worked in theatre and live shows, I have only been asked for the occasional self-tape over

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

How drama schools have moved their teaching online during the lockdown by John Byrne

With non-essential workers now confined to their homes, how are schools adapting to the coronavirus pandemic? Staff and students from institutions across

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Tanya Loretta Dee: ‘Be kind to yourself. Art will always be here when we need it’ by John Byrne

I didn’t expect to get into drama school – but I did. I was lucky to receive a full Dance and Drama

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Meditation coach Brenda Shankey: ‘Live in the moment. Life is a constant unknown’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? I trained in public speaking, acting and singing from ages five to 16. Then I became

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Careers Clinic: How do I apply for non-acting jobs when I have no other experience? by John Byrne

Having spent 10 years as an actor, my main area of ‘between the glamour jobs’ work was doing educational shows in schools.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

VETA principal Sean Aita: ‘It’s heartening to see artists adapt to new circumstances’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? My family were all involved in the arts and I joined the National Youth Theatre

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Fuchsia Aurelius: ‘Christopher Lee caught me stealing cakes on my first job’ by John Byrne

My first ever paid acting role on TV was for the 1997 BBC production of Ivanhoe. Okay, I was a background artist,

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Careers Clinic: How will I get by with no work during the coronavirus crisis? by John Byrne

I am sure my situation is just one of thousands you are hearing about, but I hope you can give me advice.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Actor Mei Mac: ‘My first job was the most incredible experience of my life’ by John Byrne

My first job was the most incredible experience of my life. I played the title role in the Tokyo and London productions

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Actor Bhavin Bhatt: ‘Ignore the negativity and concentrate on honing your craft’ by John Byrne

I began my acting career when I was around 12 or 13 and was scouted from a school production. Suddenly, I was

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IYMT artistic director Séimí Campbell: ‘I want to see more Irish musicals in Dublin theatres’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I directed my cousins on a homemade stage – kitted out with curtains on a

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Careers clinic: Can I restart my child acting career? by John Byrne

I was a child actor back in the 1990s working regularly in commercials, children’s shows and in several musicals. I enjoyed it,

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Physical performance coach Tome Levi: ‘Too many performers sustain avoidable injuries’ by John Byrne

Where do you work? I support multiple West End and Off-West End productions, as well as resident and touring productions across the

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Candoco co-founder Celeste Dandeker-Arnold: ‘The first time I saw contemporary dance, I was immediately hooked’ by John Byrne

I started ballet classes aged two and a half and took all the grades. Although I wanted to dance as a profession,

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Cabaret singer Caroline Nin on her first job: ‘It took seven auditions for Hollywood Savoy to take me on’ by John Byrne

I was born in Paris and studied at University of Lille. My first job was working as a waitress at Hollywood Savoy,

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Acting coach Sarah-Jayne Butler: ‘The industry still orbits around London’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? I was a very shy child and acting helped me find my voice. What is the

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Actor Sabrina Aloueche: ‘My first two jobs were Les Misérables and We Will Rock You’ by John Byrne

My first professional job as a child was playing Little Cosette in Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre and as an adult

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Drama lecturer Nicholas Holden – ‘Be kind to yourself and others’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? I went to drama school and then worked as an actor in theatre and film for

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How can you help if your child wants to perform? by John Byrne

The theatre industry can be a tough one to crack, particularly for those starting out. John Byrne speaks to the parents of

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Careers Clinic: Is my showreel holding me back? by John Byrne

I have been acting regularly for three years, mainly in fringe plays and short films. I had two more high-profile jobs late

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Can open-mic nights and creative competitions be a springboard to success? by John Byrne

Not just for budding comedians, open-mic nights can be a way to help theatremakers test their writing and perform in a comfortable

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Careers Clinic: How do I find a London agent if I live outside the capital? by John Byrne

Coming from a small town, I think my first couple of years as an actor have gone well, mostly bouncing back and

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Actor and writer Emma Dennis-Edwards: ‘Be mindful of how you talk in the rehearsal room’ by John Byrne

My first job was a play called Ma Kelly’s Doorstep. The play was on the theme of doorstop safety among the elderly;

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Curriculum leader drama Lorraine Wright: ‘We are losing sight of the power of learning through theatre’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? As a youth dancer in the 1980s. Following my degree in performing arts, I became

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Careers Clinic: How do I cope with a mentor gone bad? by John Byrne

A year or so ago, I was cast in my first professional stage role. Being new to the business, I was happy

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Dancer Ryan Felix: ‘My apprentice contract with Birmingham Royal Ballet was a dream come true’ by John Byrne

I became an apprentice dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet immediately after graduating from Elmhurst Ballet School last July. For the graduate student

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LGBT+ authenticity adviser Gina Battye: ‘Your intuition is like a satnav – it is here to guide you’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I started off as an actor when I was 11 years old and was in

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Careers Clinic: What should I give as my playing age for castings? by John Byrne

In my university drama society, we performed a wide range of plays, in which I got to play a wide range of

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Acting coach/director Paul McNeilly: ‘Take classes in between jobs. It keeps confidence high’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? I went to youth theatre for two years, and then the Poor School in London. After

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Actor Kim Vithana: My first job led to a career in film and television by John Byrne

My first job was an absolute dream: a 10-part series called The Specials in which I played a special constable called Anjali

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Careers clinic: How do I choose a monologue? by John Byrne

I launched my acting career via night courses and one-off workshops rather than formal drama training. Some of the things I missed

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