PREVIEW: It's A Marathon, Not A Sprint - With Actors Dean Smith & Gary Damer!
Feb 10, 2020
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Actors Dean Smith and Gary Damer are 2 lads I admire greatly.
Not only have they both got successful acting careers, but they're true creatives - utilising their other passions in life to drive their personal brands as performers forward.
A mutual love of running marathons, lead them to the launch a new podcast - Behind The Medal - a show documenting the boy's highs and lows of running the 26.2 mile race, in various cities, across the world.
One listen to their recent episode with Ed Sheeran, had me hooked, and I knew I had to get these fellas on for a podcast of my own.
During our chat, we discuss:
- The parallels between running a marathon and chasing an acting career.
- How Gary and Dean got into acting, and how they landed their first TV jobs.
- What it's been like for Dean, working on 'Still Open All Hours' with Sir David Jason.
- Selftapes and why Gary is Dean's lucky charm!
- Auditions - and why authenticity is key!
- Why preparation for BOTH a marathon and an audition is CRITICAL.
- Why the best actors are simply the best listeners.
- How the lads got into running, and why they chose to start running marathons.
- Why you need an emotional connection with your need to succeed.
- How to take the pressure off yourself in a casting.
- Starting the 'Behind The Medal' podcast - and the boy's pivot into presenting.
- Why Dean sees himself as many things before he sees himself as an actor.
- Why it's cool to take a break from acting from time to time.
- Why DOING is always better than talking about doing.
- Gary's fear of the pre-audition chat - and what casting directors want to hear from you.
- If running can cure depression?
- Dean's friendship with Ed Sheeran and what Ed has taught him.
- Gary & Dean's TOP life lessons.
And MUCH MUCH more!
Could running be your key to unlocking acting career success?
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