Making it reality

The journey of an unknown actress

Giving it a go!

As a new blogger, I’m excited to get started. In fact, I’m excited to finish this post so I can start a new one!

As well as sharing my knowledge so far on the unknown world of acting, I will also add helpful links, workshops and open casting’s.

My quest began when I started a local weekly workshop which initially gave me some confidence to get on a stage. I didn’t really venture into the professional until I was 17. When just by chance, I worked next door to an acting agency. At first they were sceptical about adding me to their books as my only experience was amature or dated back to childhood but as I kept persisting (which is something you have to get used to), they gave me a shot.

My first engagement was with John Nichols in 2011, a highly recommended photographer who produced some fantastic, realistic headshots. This is so important as in the end, this is what is going to sell you to a casting director within seconds. John made me feel at ease which in paramount for any young actress at the very start. He creates scenarios and gives you character to gain what he wants from you, to give you the looks he knows you suit.

These are just a couple of the finished product. I have also added his website link so take a look!


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Stepping back in!

Hi! I haven’t written anything for a while as my day job has taken over but for the last two days I have been back on set and I loved it! It was a reminder that TV is where I feel at home and where a 12 hour day flys by. Filmed in the North West, The City and The City is a Science Fantasy based on awarding winning, China Miéville’s 2009 novel. You only get to see a snapshot of the story and the acting when filming a single scene but the star of the show for me was David Morrissey with his cold exterior and his harsh stare. Of course, this is far from his real life persona as he was a pleasure to work and chat with. If you are lucky enough to work with him then he drinks tea, no sugar and not too much milk!

I thought not being on set meant I was giving up but as I learnt yesterday, I have flourished with confidence since last time I stepped onto a set and I made some great connections yesterday both with the cast and crew. From becoming a sound apprentice for an hour, to watching the cast and director negotiate the script and delivery in rehearsals.

Thank you to all the cast and crew, especially John, Henry and Ben in sound. Also, the producer Betsan Morris-Evans and Photographer, Sally.

Melissa x

Back to the future

I call this post back to the future because your first job that kick start everything else. My first role, well I say role, I was an extra on Hollyoaks and I still remember the day, what I wore and how my hair was. My alarm was set for 4:30am as my call time was 7:00 and I planned to get there early as I thought it would be all systems go but I learnt my first lesson that day…  there is a lot of sitting around but you must see that you can learn so much from this too! You watch who’s coming in and out and how the cast can be whisked away by make up or costume whilst still chewing their breakfast. It looked so exciting!

When you do get on set, theres no need to be anxious (like I was) as an extra is meant to be seen but not actually ‘looked at.’ So you can’t possibly get it wrong. At first I didn’t even know whether talking to the cast was acceptable. EVERYTHING is so new. But I soon realised that as long as you don’t try and chat to them whilst the cameras are rolling then of course its fine!

With some much time on your hands, you also get to meet other supporting artists who will tell you their stories about working on other productions and soon you know each others life stories and chatting like you have known each other years. Myself and another girl, Pheobe, really got chatting and she said her friend was in the show and he would take us around the sets afterwards. I didn’t get too excited because I thought, surely that’s not allowed. But he did!

I guess what I am trying to say is that you should just go with it. Everybody has to start somewhere and extra work is good for getting you familiar with being on set.

Melissa x



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