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It’s packed with thoughts and love for you, the actor, getting out there and making a career of it. Enjoy. Comment. Laugh. Share.

 

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

 

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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Why Acting Mummy?

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Well I don’t have enough to do right – with this blog, acting mentoring, copywriting, auditions, filming, voiceovers, and running the UK Actors Tweetup. Why not do another thing – she says as she runs for cover in a tiny plastic tent hidden in the wilderness…call me in ten years when I come out from...

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How to get started as a voiceover artist… (OTHER ACTING JOBS)

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VOICEOVERS Recently I have been talking with my mentoring clients a lot about other jobs… But rather than other jobs that aren’t even loosely tied to acting, I am referring more to other jobs that really do still live within the acting realm – corporates, voiceovers, role plays, casting director assistant, the list goes on....

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That very delicate balancing act with your acting body

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John, writer at The Stage, and lil old me, are back this month on Casting Networks talking all things healthy attitude vs unhealthy obsession in relation to fitness and our acting bodies. I think this is a BIGGIE for actors. We face daily and weekly criticism about how we look and our actual income depends on it. But...

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10 Reasons I hate #actorslife

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Anyone who knows me well knows I have very specific opinions on using social media (especially professionally), on how many selfies a person should post, on what constitutes good etiquette and what doesn’t, and on what I think about the use of hashtags, specifically #blessed and #actorslife. Pretty much daily I want to throw someone under...

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You want me to DO WHAT IN THE CASTING?!?!

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Well what a delight to get this casting notice sent to a few days ago from a filmmaker inviting me to audition…for what seems like a porn film. And this was NO April Fools! In the interest of being a good actor, I decided to pen my reply to said #filmmaker. My response to him...

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Acting up

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It’s pretty common to get on set and meet divas acting up. They don’t even mean to be but they are. The rest of the crew are frantically working on set to get this light sorted, to get that prop just right, to discuss this next shot…. And then in waltzes an (diva) actor. #Sigh....

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Moment to moment

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There’s a moment I remember years ago in Australia. I was back there for nine months because I needed to finalise my EU passport and wasn’t able to stay in the UK any longer to do it. To say I was disappointed to leave London is an understatement. I didn’t want to be back in...

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B.A.B.E. is in the top 20! (whoop)

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What a lovely accolade. This week we found out that B.A.B.E. has been awarded top 20 acting blogs on the planet! Whoop whoop! The planet…that feels like quite a big deal. This makes us feel all warm and fuzzy…just like when you secretly pee in the shower (kidding! sort of). So without further ado, here’s...

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In the interests of transparency

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In the interest of transparency ALWAYS with my clients, my readers, my friends, I would love to share a story. For most of this year, I’ve had “other jobs”. It’s frustrating as hell. But I’m with baby (yay), albeit in my belly, and it’s limiting the number of castings my agent can submit me for,...

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F&@% your phone…where did presence go!

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So far today I’ve walked past 3 people who nearly plowed into me because they had their heads down while they walked to look at their phones. And they weren’t even casually checking the direction they were walking in. They were 100% engrossed in their “phone business”. And as I walked off I wondered, what...

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An expectant acting mother

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Yes you guessed it…this B.A.B.E. writer and acting coach is having a wee baby! Crazy days ahead for me and baby daddy. And the lovely folk at Honest Actors were kind enough to invite me to talk more (honestly) about what this means for me. Have you been considering having a baby yourself? Are you...

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Spread your crap out ladies

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Yep, spread it out and don on your diva garments like the Hollywood wannabees you are. It’s one of my pet peeves and it happened again in a casting last week. I was waiting quietly for my turn to be called in, and had put my handbag underneath the seat and filled out the clipboard...

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How to go from Auditions to offer

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I’ve spoken about Emily Grace before. I have even done a webinar with her once which was a tonne of fun. And so I’m back to share her latest news because I really rate Emily. But firstly, the questions Emily wants you to answer are – Are you frustrated by the audition process? Do you...

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