Alex Priestley is one of the new-breed of acting agents - embracing the technical demands of an ever-evolving industry, and dedicated to nurturing the talent of the 'best of the north'.
Based in Manchester, Alex headed up the actors' division at local agency, PHA, for almost a decade.
She decided to go it alone in 2018, and set up her own agency, Alex Priestley Talent - where she now represents almost 50 super-talented actors, working across top TV drama, comedy and theatre.
Phil Barantini's story is fascinating.
At just 17 years old, he was plucked from obscurity, to star in Sky One's smash hit Dream Team, as Harchester United's striker, Billy O'Neil.
The success of that show led to an audition for Stephen Spielberg's Band Of Brothers - a job that would change Phil's life forever - but in ways you would never expect.
With the world at his feet, Phil got caught up in a cycle of alcohol and substance abuse, that would have disastrous consequences for his...
I met Asan N'Jie in May of 2018, whilst working on an episode of BBC's Casualty.
One thing INSTANTLY struck me about this guy... his mindset and mental-game was STRONG - I knew Asan was one of life's winners.
During our week of filming, I discovered that Asan had experienced more than his fair share of adversity too, which made his mindset even more remarkable.
5 months later, he landed the regular role of Ellis Chapman in Emmerdale.
I had to invite him round to record a podcast, to tell...
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...