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PREVIEW: Inside The Agency - With 'WGM Talent' Agent Guy Howe!

podcast preview Oct 12, 2018

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...

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PREVIEW: How To Launch A Voiceover Career - With Hannah Ralph From The Voiceover Gallery!

podcast preview Sep 24, 2018

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...

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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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