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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Careers Clinic: How can I attract agents to my show? by John Byrne

I finished studying at drama school last year but didn’t get an agent offer following the showcase. I haven’t let that hold

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Meaghan Martin: ‘I got my first job after auditioning for one of my heroes’ by John Byrne

My first job was the role of Kendra in a workshop of Jason Robert Brown’s musical 13. It was in Los Angeles

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Director of ArtsEd Extra Jonathan Goodwin: ‘Dare to take risks and embrace failure’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in performance? Many of my teachers were inspirational, as well as my youth theatre directors. They guided

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Missed out on your first-choice drama school? UCAS Clearing is not just a last resort by John Byrne

So the exam results are in and it looks like you might have to think again. Don’t get down, says John Byrne.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Careers Clinic: How do I keep up with fringe partying? by John Byrne

In some ways, I’m having a great first fringe run. Although it’s early days, our show has already had some good reviews,

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Guildhall’s Lopa Sarkar: ‘See yourself as your own brand’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I am a dancer and then became a choreographer and artistic director for my own

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Careers Clinic: Should I study what I love, or what I excel at? by John Byrne

I’m an A-level drama student and soon I’ll need to start making choices about university and drama school courses. I adore musical

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

City Lit’s head of voice and speech Vernon Thompson: ‘Believe in yourself – it’s catching’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in performance? I trained at Central School of Speech and Drama as a voice coach. What is

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Miss Hope Springs performer Ty Jeffries: ‘What makes you different is what makes you beautiful’ by John Byrne

Let me take you back to the early 1980s (which is before I was born if you believe my Facebook age). My

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Careers Clinic: Should I go to mum’s wedding or a casting? by John Byrne

Since graduating, my acting jobs have been steadily increasing in size and profile, although my first role only had one line so

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

How to keep your acting career up to date with a short course by John Byrne

Whether you are starting out or just want to freshen up your CV with new skills, John Byrne looks at some of

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Actor Rebecca Callard: ‘I wish I had the same nonchalance in auditions as when I was 12’ by John Byrne

I started acting at eight years old but my first major role was in a series called The Borrowers at 16. I

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Artistic director Emilia Teglia: ‘Carry on with your daily job: it’s the source of your story’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre?  Touring with a cabaret company when I was 10, followed by acting training from Italy’s

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Careers Clinic: How do I write a personal statement for a drama school application? by John Byrne

I did a summer performing arts course last year, then started auditioning for small shows, independent films and any other kind of

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Actor Wass Javed – ‘Nervous feelings are just energy, you can use them in your performance’ by John Byrne

I was at my day job on a Monday morning when the chance to play my first featured TV role came through.

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Dance development and learning coordinator at Deda Isobel Davis – ‘Training should never stop’ by John Byrne

How did you start in dance? I’ve always wanted a career in dance. At secondary school I danced six days a week

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Careers Clinic: How do I get back on top of my game six months after leaving drama school? by John Byrne

For the first six months after leaving drama school I was very energetic and organised, planning out my days, making applications for

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Actor Ross Anderson: ‘My biggest piece of advice is preparation – do the work’ by John Byrne

My first job came about while I was still at drama school in 2010. The casting director for the National Theatre of

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Dance tutor Bridget Fiske: ‘Witnessing discovery and growth is the best part of my job’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in dance? My desire to dance has always been strong. I went to classes at a local 

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Careers Clinic: Do immersive shows mean I accidentally hide my own branding as an actor? by John Byrne

I did my first immersive show as a graduate last year. It was a small, site-specific one, but enjoyable and I learned

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Actor Maureen Hibbert: ‘My first job taught me not to compare myself to others’ by John Byrne

My degree course at Middlesex was very supportive of students seeking creative opportunities outside the curriculum. Before graduating, three fellow students and

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Movement tutor Kirsty McFarland: ‘Listen, but not just with your ears, with your body too’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in dance/performance? At school I struggled with dyslexia but dancing and drama made me feel that I

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Careers Clinic: How do I prep a ‘topical’ show in advance? by John Byrne

A friend and I started a sketch group last year, which has now grown to five people and started to build a

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Actor Paula Wilcox: ‘Never be afraid to ask intelligent questions’ by John Byrne

I was coming up for A levels and applying to university and drama schools and writing to loads of reps to get

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Guildhall’s Martin Connor: ‘Every theatre professional needs to maintain a sense of humour’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I was an actor for several years and, after a long West End run, I

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Careers Clinic: How do I improve my cold reading skills? by John Byrne

I just had the worst audition of my career. Sadly it was an important one – a potential regular in a prime-time

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Producer Dawinder Bansal: ‘My first job showed me the arts is a place where you ‘stand out’ to fit in’ by John Byrne

Part of the way through my computer science degree I knew it wasn’t a career I wanted to follow after graduation. I

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Youth theatre teacher David Lloyd: ‘Don’t let anyone tell you to have a back-up plan’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? My first memories of theatre are of being taken to musicals as a child and

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Careers Clinic: How do I restart my acting career? by John Byrne

I worked regularly as an actor throughout the 1970s and 1980s and, although never a star name, enjoyed every minute. I left

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody’s Neil Fox-Roberts: ‘It’s essential to show D/deaf role models’ by John Byrne

My first job was in 1993 for Mockbeggar Theatre Company in a play called Against the Grain. But I would like to

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Artistic director of Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme, Sue Emmas: ‘Be kind’ by John Byrne

How did you start in theatre? No one in my family had an interest in theatre so it’s hard to know where

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