My first job was the role of Twyla in the Finborough Theatre production of a show called When Midnight Strikes, written by the wonderful Charles Miller and Kevin Hammonds. I had played the same role in my college production a few months prior and, at our end-of-course party, the composer and producers asked me if I would be interested in playing the role when it went to the Finborough. I was completely blown away.
You do not necessarily have to do a comedy course to try stand-up comedy. Do watch professional stand-up comics, check out local new act nights and just be willing to have a go (and be patient – it can take months to get a spot at popular nights). Have fun embracing the challenge of being ‘you’ on stage, but, to give yourself the best chance of success, make sure that you create an actual stand-up comedy set to work with.
I finished my acting foundation course at the beginning of the summer. I’d like to do more training eventually but for the moment I need to focus on getting a day job, and hopefully putting some of what I have learned on the course into action by applying for castings. In the meantime, I have joined a local actors’ meet up. I showed one of the older, more experienced actors my existing CV, which he says is very sparse.
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Selecting a term
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