Some very exciting news to end the year - I am now signed with Ward Management in Manchester. Melissa and Kirsty have been so supportive already and I can't wait for the successes 2022 will bring now I'm working alongside them.
This collaboration is really important to me after spending several years searching for new representation (during a pandemic no less!) because I only wanted to sign with an agency whose goals and ethos matched mine. From the start, Melissa and Kirsty have shown they prioritise communication and a modern approach to encourage positive change in the industry and I'm so grateful they've seen potential in me. It's definitely an early Christmas present for me!
A Busy Week...
The phrase "you wait ages for a bus and then three turn up at once" has never been more relevant to my life than this week! Yesterday I had two auditions (one in Halifax and the other in Manchester) and I left both feeling happy with my work and excited for the outcome. Then I received footage from previous projects so I've finally updated my acting showreel and it's available to view below:
Whilst I wait for my audition outcomes I have more projects to apply for, firearms training to practice at home, plus weekly acting classes with Act Up North plus an Actor's Stretch with Both Feet keeping me busy!
Both Feet's Meisner Retreat
Wowza! Another amazing week with Steph at Both Feet's Retreat, Bodlondeb Studio, in Wales. This time I was there to continue my Meisner training after the pandemic delayed my previous courses in Leeds. They say everything happens for a reason and on this occasion that's definitely true, as I'm so glad I couldn't do the Core Course in Leeds and had the opportunity to work here again! The group were incredible and we experience some amazing activities together, including: white water rafting, foraging, cooking on open campfire, star-gazing, wild swimming - and so much more!
I won't list everything I've learnt with Steph as that would take ages and also ruin the beauty of working with her, but my biggest takeaways of the retreat are:
- Learning to listen to what my body needs. Not just in acting, but life too.
- How the breath really does impact everything in our body! The Autonomic Nervous System is pretty clever!
- How to fully commit my body and therefore my mind to whatever I'm doing. Again, just great life advice, but absolutely beneficial to acting!
I am already jealous of the next group going this weekend and am stalking Both Feet's website for future retreats or Leeds-based courses so I can work on what I've already learnt!
Both Feet Scene Retreat
What a week! I spent 8 days in Both Feet's Welsh retreat on their scene study course and it was above and beyond any training I've had. They combine Meisner acting training with outdoor activities, including camping, wild swimming, archery, axe throwing, hiking and canyoning. We studied Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons by Sam Steiner and performed extracts at an outdoor amphitheatre at the end of the week to put all our new skills to practice. The group were amazing, I've made life long friends and loved it so much, I'm actually booked in for their full Meisner course at the end of September! Here are just some of the photos of our adventure!
Updated Presenting Showreel
After my presenting course with Aspire Presenting in February, I've been working hard creating my own content as well as self taping for upcoming projects. I decided to put this footage to good use and update my presenting showreel and hope to keep filming new clips to keep it fresh and up to date!
Another Short Film Wrapped...
It's been a busy birthday week as I stayed near Manchester filming another LGBTQ+ short film. I really connected with the script and believe others will too as it discusses the constant stigma and mental barriers faced by the LGBTQ+ community. I can't share much more yet but here's a look at the film posters!
Very excited to announce I've been accepted into Act Up North's weekly acting classes in Leeds! I am so excited to have dedicated training time each week with inspiring people to develop my craft and motivate me in my career. I've worked with lots of talented actors who train with Act Up North and so I'm really excited to see how they can help me progress! Our first class is 29th July so I'm counting down the days...
I am so excited to be a featured presenter on presentertube.com - a high profile platform showcasing presenting talent for all genres of television. Here I am on the category search page!
After a successful meeting with my presenting mentor, Darren from Aspire Presenting, I am busily creating more content to update my showreel and have several self tapes to film before the end of the week. I best get cracking!
LGBTQ+ Film Wrapped!
This weekend I filmed an LGBTQ+ short comedy in Leeds and it's been a blast! Honestly one of the funniest, professional and encouraging sets I've been on thanks to the amazing cast and crew. I can't give too much away just yet but here's a sneak peak of the monitor from possibly my favourite scene to film!
A day later, I had an email booking me for another LGBTQ+ short film in Manchester next week, so Zoom rehearsals and line learning are well underway again! Feel very grateful to end Pride Month advocating for representation in the film industry through the projects I'm working on.
New Presenting Video
Today I finally had the chance to practice with my new lapel mic. I wanted to test the audio quality especially with the wind muff. It worked great! I am hoping to film more short clips in different settings so I'm glad I can film outdoors without worrying about external noise. Have a look at the short video I created showing you how to make your rollerskates park ready!
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