•November 22, 2013 • 2 Comments
Tomorrow (Saturday 23rd) I will be speaking at the Underwire Festival as part of a panel discussing the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. I am really proud to be part of a panel that includes Simran Hans, Kaite Welsh, Laurie Penny and Sara Pascoe. I wrote an article about women being portrayed accurately on film for the Huffington Post.
Photo credit: Steve McAleavy
I will be talking about my experience as an actor and also as an actor/writer/director. More and more women are making their own work due to a lack of roles, which is a very good thing. There are only a few tickets left so get them here quickly.
I will recap after the panel to let you all know what happened.
•September 8, 2013 • Leave a Comment
There is a new wave of actor. A new triple threat: writer/producer/actor. Sick of waiting for the phone to ring, actors are doing it for themselves. And with great results. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck may have started their careers by writing an Oscar-winning script but now even more people are breaking through with the force of sheer talent. I wrote an article about this in my online magazine, Frost.
I was interviewed about making my own feature length directorial debut, which I also wrote and starred in, Prose & Cons. I made this with my filmmaking partner, Steve McAleavy.
We have another three films in the pipeline and some documentaries. I am pretty excited about it. Watch this space for me, and click trough to the article on Frost for some inspiration.
•June 6, 2013 • 1 Comment
I have been interviewed by prolific film blogger Matt Horn. In the interview I talk about my first feature length directorial debut, Prose & Cons. My film making partner, Steve and a lot of other cool things, and even cooler people. Have a read here and let me know what you think.
•May 20, 2013 • Leave a Comment
A lot of exciting things have happened since I last posted. I want to apologise for the lack of updates, a lot has happened and I have been lucky enough to be busy. I will catch up with my blogging and tell you all about it.
The first exciting piece of news is that I not only did my first horror film, Soul Divided, but I was also the lead. In every scene apart from two. I have been the lead before and it is always exciting. It was an honour but it was also exhausting. To play the lead in a film is an amazing thing. You really get stuck into the character and you get to shape the film. I play Marina who, in the words of the Die Hard movies, is about to have a very bad day.
I have to admit that I don’t watch a lot of horror films but they are fun to make. I have been covered in blood, ran through woods while being chased by demons and stabbed someone.
The film was made by BHM Films who made the cult urban drama ‘Circle of Revenge’. I was directed by J. Valentine and was only cast after a four hour audition in which I had to go mad, cry and then kill myself in the space of five minutes. It was certainly an experience.
The film was produced by Darren Baba who is the incredible guy who cast me in Downton Abbey. (see, it is all about making connections) Darren, Valentine and DOP Derrion Adams are incredibly talented. I really enjoyed working with them and hope to do so again. I will keep you informed on the progress of the film. The team are very talented and I think it will be amazing.
•February 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Vanity Fair brought out their annual Hollywood issue this month. Along with some great pictures and interviews with the good and great of Hollywood, they also had the number of credits each person had near their photo. Personally, I found this fascinating.
Olivia Wilde has 28 credits, Eddie Redmayne has 12, Kerry Washington has 33, Jim Sturgess has 17, Tom Hanks has 55, Dakota Fanning has 27, Halle Berry has 30, Johan Hill has 28, as does Amy Adams, Benedict Cumberbatch has 20. The excellent Jack Huston has 17, Michael Douglas has 42, while his father, Kirk, has an impressive 86. Brit Marling has done 6 and Liam Neeson 62. Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth has 9.
I think their credit system went off IMDB. While IMDB is brilliant, sometimes an actor has more credits than it lists. It also only lists film and TV credits. So no commercials or music videos. Every single credit is impressive no matter how many there are. It is hard to get cast in a TV show or a film. You are up against hundreds, if not thousands of people. Wentworth Miller said in an interview: “You might look at my CV and see I’ve had 12 jobs, but I’ve been to over 450 auditions so I’ve heard ‘no’ a lot more than I’ve heard ‘yes’. So if I go in looking only to meet my own standards, then that will make taking that rejection a little bit easier. And when I do get that job it will seem like icing on the cake.”
So what is my personal number? Before I saw the list I was not happy with how little I feel I have worked, but afterwards I felt a lot better. I have a healthy 31 credits on IMDB, and over 80 on my actual acting CV. (which I do tend to cut down) Not bad for someone of my age.
What is your number?
•December 23, 2012 • Leave a Comment
2012 was a great year. Here is mine in list form.
- Wrote a book on acting. Check out my book on how to be an actorpreneur soon.
- The Herald listed me as one of their Top 50 Scottish Film & TV Stars Under 30.
- I got interviewed by some other publications too.
- I was one of the FSB’s Female Entrepreneurs chosen for International Women’s Day and I was in their book.
- Got the role of Lady Eleanor in The Secret of Botticelli directed by Lorenzo Raveggi
- In January I was Starnow’s actor of the week.
- I was in a film called ‘Our Name is Michael Morgan’ that had its premiere at Soho House.
- Got parts in TV shows and film. I now have 29 credits on my IMDB and over 80 on my CV after deleting some.
- I co-produced/directed/wrote and starred in a feature film called Prose & Cons.
- Joined Handpicked Media.
- Was in the HPMemory2012 book.
- Made my online magazine, Frost, even more successful. I even doubled the uniques.
- Started a film production company with Steve McAleavy.
- Got in better shape.
- Got amazing auditions. Hope I can book the big one next year.
- Got an iPad.
- Went to London Fashion Week twice
- Went to Lovebox and shook hands with Lana Del Ray.
- Went to Wimbledon. Centre Court baby!
- Met Caggie Dunlop, who was lovely.
- Went to the Olympics a few times.
- And the London Film Festival
- And the Sundance Film Festival
- And reviewed loads of restaurants and hotels.
- And to a chocolate convention.
- And had loads of fun.
Roll on 2013.