Famed for playing Hayley Cropper - one of Coronation Street's most iconic characters - it looked like actress, Julie Hesmondhalgh was set for life.
Little did she know, however, that one theatre production was set to change EVERYTHING - awakening an actor within her, whom she thought she'd lost forever.
In 2014, fuelled by this new found actor within, Julie waved goodbye to the cobbles, embarking on the most uncertain journey of her acting career so far.
It was a gamble that...
Nic Phillips has been a TV director for almost 40 years - and in that time he's directed some iconic shows!
Everything from Grange Hill to Casualty, The Bill, Birds Of A Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart, My Family, and EastEnders.
As I type this, Nic is over on the cobbles, directing Coronation Street.
I know LOTS of actors in the Act On This community, are currently looking for guest roles in shows like Coronation Street and EastEnders - so I couldn't think of anyone better to sit down...
One of my main goals with Act On This, is to give you access to as many reputable, legitimate, industry professionals as possible - and agent Guy Howe, from WGM Talent, has been on my list of guests for many years now.
Guy established the dual-based (Manchester/ London) acting agency WGM Talent in 2014, and has since grown it into one of the most innovative agencies in the industry.
I dropped by MediaCityUK, where Guy's Manchester office is based, for a coffee-fueled chat on all things...
Fifteen years ago, I was introduced to the voiceover industry - it TRANSFORMED my life.
I'd discovered a world that went hand-in-hand with my acting career.
A world, where I could use my acting talent on a weekly basis, to earn 5x my minimum wage salary, in 10x LESS TIME!
Voiceover hasn't just benefitted me financially though - it's a rich, vibrant, fulfilling industry, full of AMAZING people, and AMAZING projects.
Today I voice everything from TV and radio commercials, to documentaries, video...
Is there really such a thing as an 'overnight success'?
In my experience, the answer to that question, is a resounding NO!
Success in the acting industry, or anything worthwhile in life, for that matter, takes A LONG TIME - years, decades, or more.
That's certainly been the case for Hollyoaks actress Haiesha Mistry too.
She may look super-young, but Haiesha has been putting everything she has into the acting industry for the last 10 years, and it's only now she is able to reap...
When I bumped into BAFTA-nominated writer and creator of BBC One's Poldark, Debbie Horsfield, at a recent readthrough - I just HAD to ask her to take part in a podcast with me.
You see, we hear about casting from a casting director and director's perspective all the time - but NEVER from a writer's perspective.
Writers play a HUGE part in casting their shows, particularly with many of them being exec producers too.
I caught up with Debbie to get her view on casting, along with the keys to...
I met Rachel Shenton, when we were both working on Hollyoaks - many moons ago.
A couple of years back, she started talking to me about a film she wanted to write, about a deaf girl, born into a hearing family.
I thought it sounded like an amazing idea, but we both knew it would require a tremendous amount of work to make it a reality.
Fast forward to the present day, and that film is not only a reality, it's just won Rachel AN OSCAR!
Of course, I had to invite Rachel down to MediaCityUK for...
If there is one thing I've learnt from 15 years of working as a professional actor - it's that there is NO substitution for hard work!
This applies to everyone in the acting industry - both in front of and behind the camera.
One of the hardest working directors I have EVER met is Lewis Arnold.
At just 31 years old, he's already directed MASSIVE TV hits, including Misfits, Humans, Prey and Broadchurch - a phenomenal achievement.
I caught up with Lewis for a chat about what has lead to his...
Andy Pryor CDG is one of the UK's most respected casting directors.
Working in the highest echelons of TV, Andy's track record speaks for itself.
Andy's been responsible for casting more than 120 episodes of Doctor Who - including 5 new doctors, he's recently cast BBC's Undercover, Call The Midwife and The A Word, and he's just wrapped on a brand new series of Cold Feet.
Seeing first-hand how pro-active Andy is in discovering new talent, I was desperate to get him on Act On This for a...
They are a BIG part of the acting industry and a HUGE part of your acting career success... BUT so many actors struggle when it comes to finding great representation.
Those who do find it, often have trouble making the actor/ agent relationship work, some actors feel afraid to even call their agents, and many actors find themselves jumping ship too early.
These actors end up between agents with no sense of career direction.
To learn how to avoid all of these mistakes I dropped by...