What is your current day job and role with YAFTA?
I am a voice and acting tutor. With the voice I help actors find awareness of their own voices, helping them to rid themselves of tensions and bad habits and looking at a variety of areas including articulation, character voice and accents. On acting we study a range of practitioners whilst having a very hands on approach performing in various different scenes to really challenge the students.
What was your first job in the industry, was the acting industry always the plan?
Acting was always the plan since I was fourteen after my first performance in high school, it was a wonderful moment when I suddenly discovered a true passion for something. My first job was in music video where I stole the lead singer’s girlfriend. The lead singer got his revenge in the end after beating me up with the bouquet of flowers I planned to give to his girlfriend!
What is your favourite/best TV moment?
One of my top tv moments at least, would be in The Fall when the detective Stella finally cracks the antagonist Paul and tells him exactly what he is after 3 series of battling with him psychologically and sometimes literally, and the way Paul tried to smile through it on the outside but you can sense that he is becoming vulnerable and he’s running fast out of options on how to keep up his pretence.
What one piece of advice would you give to those starting out in the industry?
It’s a tough profession and competition is fierce. If you want to stand a chance of making it then you absolutely have to work at it every day and be the best you can be, it’s a way of life and it requires your all.
If you could invite three dinner party guests from the world of screen – dead or alive, who would it
Daniel day Lewis, because he is one of my acting hero’s. Benedict Cumberbatch, because he is one of my acting but also vocal acting inspirations. And finally, Leonardo Di Caprio because he ticks both previous boxes and I think he might be up for hitting the town after!