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Today you are YOU, that is TRUER than true, There is NO ONE in the world who is YOUER than you.Dr. Seuss

 

What loss really means to an expectant mum

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When he was under one, and even to this day, I would spend a lot of time in cafes…have done since he arrived. At 10-12 months he was usually jumping all over me, giving neighbouring customers flirty eyes with his wicked baby smile, and generally being crazy. He’s a baby. It’s cool. That’s what babies do....

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An online school for champions

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Yes we know that studying acting around our busy schedules, voiceovers, auditions, rehearsals, networking, coffees and those dreaded other jobs makes it a challenge. And it can be even harder to keep to a weekly schedule on a set day of the week – it means we often miss out on things, and have to say no...

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5 rules for successful actors (+ those self employed)

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We all have rules. Or at least we should. Rules for successful actors. Rules for life. Rules that aren’t for rules sake. Rules like…. I won’t drink at home on three school nights of the week. Or – I won’t sleep in on a Saturday. Or – I will exercise three times a week. (The...

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The greatest gift of all

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I always wanted to be Wonder Woman growing up. It’s no secret. All of my mates are aware that I own the costume, and some of my friends have even let me dress as Wonder Woman for parties when it didn’t even fit the ‘dress up theme’ (thanks Sarah!). And I like to think that, like Wonder Woman, each...

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Do you know what to do once you book a commercial?

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I remember the first time I landed a commercial. I had been on sets before, even big sets. But those sets were never about lil old me. Those sets were for huge actors and I was just a background artist or stand in, watching and learning the craft. No, a commercial with me as the...

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Are you an actor with money mindset worries?

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This is something really different…let’s talk moolah. This is really different to my usual chat, but still very much about mindset. But this time it’s about money and our mindset around that. I often think that when people think of creatives, especially actors or musicians, they automatically think of desolate hobos walking the streets, busking...

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How to make it through an audition without your baby screaming

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A screaming baby or toddler is never great for a casting, either for your own well being, or for the other auditionees. But let’s face it, we can’t pay for a babysitter for every audition (when they usually command a minimum of at least three hours), and society just isn’t fully set up for freelancing mothers – right...

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Why every mum (who drinks) should have a teepee

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I won’t lie. I am not the mother who is going to win any prizes for not drinking, for being the perfect doting angelic parent who makes sure every single thing that goes into their baby’s mouth is organic, or who hasn’t had a little lie in…in their baby’s teepee. Yeah that’s right. I build him a...

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Have you heard about Hygge?

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Anyone heard about the concept of Hygge? It’s been sweeping the photo scene and Insta scene for a bit, but right now it seems to bubble away largely away from the mainstream fads (which I am pleased about). But it’s a brilliant concept, feeling, idea… Hygge Hygge is associated with acknowledging an emotion or moment of...

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Want to win a coaching session with me?

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Every month I work with actors all over the planet – true story! I’ve got clients in Europe, LA, Australia, London, up north, and have even worked with peeps as far away as Malaysia (well okay that’s nearly as far away from London as Australia but not quite). I get pretty excited every single time...

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Final holiday time update for 2017

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I don’t want to alarm anyone but we only have a few more sleeps until Christmas….are you ready? Presents bought? Agent and Casting Director thank you’s sent? I am sitting in a cafe right now and Under the Boardwalk is playing. It’s reminding me of misspent youth, of days in the sun riding my bike through pineapple fields,...

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Let’s talk about voiceovers baby, let’s talk about you and me

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Last month I was delighted to share my insights on Voiceovers in my first ever Backstage article. When Backstage invited me to become a guest expert I was absolutely thrilled. I’ll be honest… I have hoped to be a writer on Backstage since I first started writing B.A.B.E. (and that was a long time ago...

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Happy birthday me…B.A.B.E. & CD giveaway

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Happy birthday to us! This week B.A.B.E. turned 8 years old and we are thrilled to bits. Eight grand old years of helping actors, of finding awesome content for actors to be better at their acting jobs, of mentoring actors and helping them get closer to their dreams, and of just generally being the go-to...

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Showreel do’s and don’ts

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There’s a lot to be said for an excellent reel. Just like an excellent headshot, an excellent showreel can get you into a room as a relative unknown. It can also stop you ever being seen if it’s absolute sh@t. So it pays to get it right. To get advice on what to put in your...

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You read B.A.B.E. – how does it all work?

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So you read B.A.B.E. and you wanna get the emails too. Here’s how it works. Firstly if you haven’t subscribed, then you can do so here: Then it’s always useful to know how the emails work. To help you as an actor, they’re sent as the following: BABE files These are complete “round-up” emails of...

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Exposed…makeup-less and honest

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If like me, you crave a morning get-ready routine, then one of the hardest things to fathom when you become a mummy, is that showers are going to take you hours and sometimes you won’t even get around to having one. That idea alone blew my mind when I first had my baby. I would...

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I was on the radio (again!!!) #humblebragging #excited

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Hi all you groovy funsters. Guess who was on Soho Radio last week – EEEEEK. I had the best time ever. I walked into the studio to meet three of the most amazing humans, running this wicked show called Free Seed on Soho every Wednesday. And for 30 minutes of that show, I got to...

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Designing for the future: trends we need to consider now

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If you’d asked me at fifteen if there’d ever be a time I couldn’t go to the drive-in cinema, I would have laughed at you like you were a real life zombie from Shaun of the Dead. No drive in cinema – HA! You got to be kidding me. It’s like my family’s Saturday night...

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Is technology bad for your baby?

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Why you might just wanna turn the iPad, iPhone, and screen OFF I was listening to this TED talk by Adam Alter (go the Aussie psychologist) recently and he said some stuff that REALLY SANG to me. And I mean sang as in – I wanted to get into a church and belt out a bible...

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Hottest new casting resource in town…YES!

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One of the biggest frustrations I had when I first moved to the UK over a decade ago, was that I had no idea where to go to find acting work. Sure I could google it, but that didn’t tell me which sites were legitimate and which were a total fraud (just like looking for...

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