Guest bloggers

Here are the guest bloggers (I call them guesties) that help Angela to make the site what it is. It’s their industry knowledge, ideas, thoughts and insights that make all the difference. Thanks to the following contributors:

Paul Barry

Paul BarryPaul is an Los Angeles-based Australian actor, director, writer and acting teacher. He is a graduate of the  National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia. NIDA has been the training ground for such film stars as Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington, Mel Gibson & Judy Davis, as well as US TV leads Anna Torv (The Fringe), Alex O’Loughlin (Hawaii Five-0), Matt Passmore (The Glades) and countless more. See his credits here.

Paul has taught in excess of two thousand actors over the past 17 years, in both Australia and America. He has been a professional ‘reader’ for American & Australian auditions, seeing literally thousands of auditions in this time, developing a solid understanding through his own observations (as well as constant dialogue with industry practitioners) of what works and what doesn’t.

Paul has been acting coach on a US feature film and a multi award-winning Australian TV mini-series. He has taught Australian Film Institute (AFI) & Logie Award-winners and nominees, as well as other professional actors. Former students of Paul’s have taken lead and guest roles in most TV shows and films made in Australia in recent years and are now also appearing in US TV & film. Ha also writes and owns Acting4Camera.

Some guest posts on B.A.B.E. from Paul include: Good Habits and Showreels Part 1 and Part 2.

Ben Hodge

ben hodgeBen has been acting and directing for 20 years in a variety of formats. He has directed several productions in York, PA and had his play REACH performed in NYC at an Off-Broadway venue in 2009. Ben studied English and Acting at Messiah College and received his Masters in Education from Penn State University. After the success of REACH, the hit play about the hidden issues of 21st Century teens, Ben started acting classes in the York, PA area and created Ben Hodge Studios in October 2009.

His main goal is to bring a high-level, professional acting workshop to York, PA that is modeled after professional workshops with influences by Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner and David Mamet. Ben has been the only acting teacher at local Central York High School for the past 10 years where he has developed an innovative and fresh curriculum for young actors aged 13-24. This curriculum and workshop format is now available to the greater York area with hopes of training and leading new actors to the realization that acting is a more than just a hobby or pastime: it is an honorable profession and a way of life. His connections with New York City, LA and local talent agencies are now being offered to anyone who joins the Studio classes and have opened the doors for many already joined. He currently runs classes and offers private acting coaching via Skype.

You can email Ben via Ben contributed to B.A.B.E. with a post on The Better Way.

Felicity Jurd

felicityFelicity is an actress, voice over artist and coach based in London and Australia. She trained at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York, ATYP in Sydney and also at LAMDA in London. Her credits include leading and key supporting roles in; Hunger (New York Film Festival), Green Means Stop (Rob Knox Film Festival), Souvenir (Cannes), Outside (Newtown Film Festival), Trapped (TropFest & Palm Springs), You’re In (TropFest). She has also appeared in many plays including playing the lead role of Trisha in the sold out season of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress with Muse Theatre Company in Sydney and and was critically acclaimed in Time Out London & The Stage for her portrayal of May Hart in I May Fly (New York, Sydney, London seasons). Since becoming a mum, she works regularly as a voice over artist. Felicity is passionate about acting and helping actors and corporate professionals to become more confident whether it is for a self-taping for a US TV series or a promotion interview to become Head of Accounts. Felicity shared insights into voice work with Finding Your Voice.

To find out more please click on Felicity’s IMDb profile.
Coaching website: Pitch, Pause, Pace

Felicity shared insights into voice work with Finding Your Voice and the Secret Art of Performance.

Jody Medland 

jody-picJody is an award winning writer who has collaborated with numerous well established names and brands. He has not only created commercials for clients such as The Times, Kellogg’s, Viacom, Trident, Nickelodeon, MTV, T-mobile and SKY, and written several short films that were shown, to much acclaim, at BAFTA, but he also wrote his first debut feature film, The Adored, in 2011. Recently The Adored was signed for a worldwide distribution deal for its pending release in 2013. It has won Best Film at the Durban Film Festival in South Africa as well as earned four official selections in Wales, Poland, Germany and the USA. His passion for education has seen him tutor and lecture at schools throughout the UK, where he has been highly praised for his contribution.

In recent years Jody turned his attention to works of literature, setting up online publishing company Pen Works Media, which produced The Emerging Light Series – a project that actively encouraged new writers to submit short stories. The success of the series has led to a principle deal with publishers Dynasty Press for his first full novel. Jody Medland is a full member of The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and is currently developing a string of interactive learning resources through his new company, LRN-UK LTD. You can see more about Jody on his website.

Jody shared what it’s like to write with The Benefits of Being an Actor Who Writes and How Actors Should Network with Writers.

Danny Steele 

Danny SteeleDanny did not take a traditional route into acting, coming from a medical background. He started on the open mic comedy circuit in 2007 and opened his first comedy night the following year. After a few years of comedy, he wanted to sharpen his acting claws, so trained at Giles Foreman in London.

Separately from acting, Danny is a prolific writer and has written and developed several television game shows ‘Tested On Humans: Rats Revenge’ for Rekognition Productions in the States and ‘Comedy Lock-In’ a show that showcases new comedy talent. Danny is open for writing collaborations and is currently developing new projects with production companies.

He has had radio shows on Hoxton FM, BBC Radio Manchester and 101.4 on fm interviewing people such as Ed Sheeran, Murray Lachlan Young and Russell Brand. Danny has developed and presented TV shows such as ‘Where In The World’, ‘How To Behave’ and ‘The Ex-Factor’.

Danny’s first post for B.A.B.E. is To Hustle or Not to Hustle.

Rachael Naylor  

Rachael NaylorRachael is a voiceover artist, actress, writer and entrepreneur. She is a busy voiceover artist and spends most of her time in a recording booth. Her voice can be heard on TV commercials, documentaries, promos, corporate video’s, imaging, e-learning and radio dramas. Recent clients include Virgin media, CNN, The Travel Channel, Nestle and Toni and Guy. Rachael also runs master classes and workshops about the voiceover industry – The Voiceover Business Masterclass.

Rachael is the founder of The VoiceOver Network which is a company that runs events for people who work in the voiceover industry. This includes monthly meet ups. Rachael is also a writer and was one of the Co Authors on the book ‘Shine, it’s like glitter for your soul’. She has recently contributed to the book ‘Believe, it’s like glitter for your soul’ too. Website:

Rachael’s post about being a voice over artist is here.


If you fancy being one of the guest bloggers on B.A.B.E., why not get in touch via the Contact page.