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PREVIEW: 10 Years To An Overnight Success - With Hollyoaks Actress Haiesha Mistry!

podcast preview Sep 17, 2018

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...

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PREVIEW: Casting Actors From A Writer’s Perspective - With ‘Poldark’ Creator Debbie Horsfield!

podcast preview Aug 20, 2018

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...

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PREVIEW: What It Takes To Win An Oscar - With ‘The Silent Child’ Actress & Writer Rachel Shenton!

podcast preview Aug 20, 2018

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...

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PREVIEW: Everyone Has 24 Hours In A Day - With 'Broadchurch' Director Lewis Arnold!

podcast preview Aug 20, 2018

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...

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PREVIEW: Trusting Your Gut - With 'Doctor Who' Casting Director Andy Pryor!

podcast preview Aug 20, 2018

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...

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PREVIEW: How To Find A Great Acting Agent - With Jane Hollowood!

podcast preview Aug 20, 2018

Agents eh?

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...

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PREVIEW: Belief Is Everything - With 'Line Of Duty' Casting Director Kate Rhodes James!

podcast preview Aug 20, 2018

Kate Rhodes James is a juggernaut in UK TV casting.

With a career spanning 20+ years, Kate has been responsible for casting some of the most successful TV shows to EVER grace our screens.

Kate's credits include BBC One's Line Of Duty, Bodyguard, ITV's Good Karma HospitalThe Terror, Requiem... the list is ENDLESS.

In this EXCLUSIVE interview for Act On This Kate invites us into the world of high-profile drama casting, answering all kinds of questions from members of the community.

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PREVIEW: Casting 'Downton Abbey' - With Emmy Nominated Casting Director Jill Trevellick!

podcast preview Aug 20, 2018

ITV's Downton Abbey is perhaps the UK's BIGGEST EVER TV hit - making waves across the globe.

It's one of those shows that any actor on the planet would be happy to take a cameo in.

The show has broken record after record at awards ceremonies, seeing it earn the most nominations of any international television series in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, with twenty-seven in total, after just two seasons!

One of those Emmy nominations went to the show's casting director - the wonderful...

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PREVIEW: Swapping Cops For Cameras - With Hollyoaks’ Newest Recruit Dan Jillings!

podcast preview Aug 20, 2018

It gives me GREAT pleasure to give you guys this brand new 'Coffee Conversation' with Hollyoaks' latest recruit, actor Dan Jillings!

I'd heard numerous TV directors speak highly of Dan's work, but it wasn't until Emmerdale's Danny Miller introduced me to Dan, that I discovered he was also a really TOP bloke!

Dan and Danny run an INCREDIBLE charity together, called Once Upon A Smile, helping children and parents deal with bereavement.

You can learn all about the charity by watching this...

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PREVIEW: Hard Work & Honesty Equals Success - With Head ‘act4tv’ Tutor Joe Simpson!

podcast preview Aug 20, 2018

Viewers of my weekly vlog #WatchRoss, will know that I headed back to my old TV acting class recently.

Whilst there, I bumped into the super-talented actor and head 'act4tv' tutor - Joe Simpson.

Joe is a working actor, with 30 YEARS professional experience - and SO MUCH passion for the acting industry, it's insane!

He's not famous, hasn't won a BAFTA - but he's very rarely off our screens!

I just HAD to ask Joe to take part in a podcast with me - and of course he said YES!

During our chat,...

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