How To Be a Successful Actor: Becoming an Actorpreneur Only £1.99 in Kindle Countdown Deal

•August 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Good news! For a very limited time my book How To Be a Successful Actor: Becoming an Actorpreneur is only £1.99 as Amazon have included it in their Kindle Countdown Deal. I have had numerous good reviews for my book, including three 5-star reviews on Amazon and an excellent four star review from American actor Tom Shafer, who compared my book to acting bible Self Management for Actors. His full review is below.


“I found this book to be an excellent companion to Bonnie Gillespie’s ‘Self-Management for Actors’, which I am also currently reading. The first half of Catherine’s book does a excellent job of distilling a seminar’s-worth of material into a manageable bit. The second half, the interviews, felt more conversational. What was clear, the recommendations made in the first half came, in part, from these interviews. This is an excellent technique, since it reinforces the validity of the recommendations as having come from entertainment professionals who have achieved a perceived level of success. (I like that the definition of “success” was open for discussion, since it can mean different things to different people.)
As an American reading this book, I did find some UK-centric resources and references. But, in this era of global Internet access, I found just as many that were valid for US readers. I was able to take this in stride and see this as a valuable tool in my self-management as a working actor.

Thanks, Catherine, for writing this excellent guide.”


Thanks Tom!


Cover by Steve McAleavy

Cover by Steve McAleavy

I will be sharing the other reviews my book has gotten, but for the meantime, grab a bargain! Only until the 15th of August.




My Book ‘How To Be a Successful Actor’ Is Out Now

•June 25, 2014 • 1 Comment

This post is a very special one. After years of work my acting book, How To Be a Successful Actor: Becoming an Actorpreneur, is finally out.

Cover by Steve McAleavy

Cover by Steve McAleavy

I am very proud of the book. It has already sold some copies, climbing to number 5 in the Kindle chart under Stage & Theatre. It has exclusive interviews with casting director and industry professionals. Including some really great advice from Spotlight’s Emma Dyson and casting director Amy Hubbard.

I have written down everything I have learned from over ten years in the industry and it is the book I would have wanted to read when I first started out, and even after acting for years. It covers everything from casting sites, auditions, self tape auditions, accents, drama school, acting anecdotes and words of wisdom from famous actors like Angelina Jolie and George Clooney.

I hope you will take a look. It is available here.


2013 In Review

•December 31, 2013 • Leave a Comment

2013 In Review: Another brilliant year. Here is what I got up to. Let me know how you got on. Happy New Year.

Passed driving test
Went to Paris on the Eurostar for the first time…
And got engaged.
Started planning a wedding
Got the lead role in horror film Divided Soul.
Took part in the Girls On Film talks at the Underwire Film Festival
Moved house.
Was honoured at the Pre-Cannes film festival and presented for my work as an actress.
Had an amazing press trip to Toulouse. A wonderful experience with great people, reviewing Toulouse and the restaurants and landmarks within it. Flew business class with BMI to Toulouse. Was completely spoiled.
Went to a lot of amazing events and London Fashion Week (twice, as I do every year)
Built my online magazine, Frost Magazine, up even more. It is now a thinker’s lifestyle magazine that has reached well over a million people.
Had fun at Glamour magazine’s Michael Kors event.
Went to the launch of The Socrates Project and had a great chat with the author, Daron Sheehan.
And the launch of Nicholas Lezard’s new book.
Went to the opening of The House of Peroni – a great night.
Damaged my back, leading to endless MRI’s and physiotherapy. ;-(
Lost over a stone in weight. (which I put on because of the back injury. Grr)
Saw The Book of Mormon. An amazing show that everyone must see.
Went to the Google offices in London to learn all about Google+
Had lots of fun at the Girl’s Night Out to raise awareness for cervical cancer
Had a chat with Giles Deacon at the launch of his new jewellery range for QVC at The Ivy
Went to a great non-fiction seminar, ‘How to Create A Non-Fiction Bestseller’, at RADA thanks to Handpicked Media. I learned a lot.
Got a preview of Superdry’s Timothy Everest collaboration at their headquarters. Lots of fun.
Was lucky enough to get a preview of the new Kobo. Kobo were also generous enough to give me one.
Added beautiful jewellery to my collection after going to the launch of Pandora’s new store on Oxford Street.
Learned a lot at the Innocent Inspires event.
Gave up sugar for a month with the Mentor Me Off Sugar programme.
Went to the Sure Improve Rooms with my friend Holly. Met inspirational people.
Went to the Fashion Fabulous book launch.
Got a preview of Jaeger’s new collection.
Saw Sleeping Arrangements. Enjoyable play.
Went to Birmingham for the first time.
Enjoyed total decadence, and 24k gold lips at the opening of Bar Chocolate.
Wanted to spend lots of money on the clothes at QVC’s fashion show in September.
Made an effort to take advantage of the amazing museums in London. Therefore leaving 2013 much more cultured than I went in.
Tried anti-gravity yoga and barrel ballet.
Had some very exciting meetings.
Saw the return of Spamalot. Warwick Davis was great.
Walked down the red carpet during the amazing and glamorous 21st Raindance Film Festival. Went casual in jeans and a T-Shirt.
Wrote a short film script and a feature-length script.
Wrote over 1000 articles.
Now have 32 credits on IMDB.
Got a preview of the brilliant film Easy Money at 20th Century Fox.

Some of the restaurant’s reviewed:

Charlotte’s Bistro
Claude’s Kitchen
The Anthologist
Big Easy
Spice Market
Grill on the Market
Honky Tonk
Snog (paid)
Bar Chocolate
Le Secret Des Rotisseurs

Talking at The Underwire Festival 2013

•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

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.

The Best Way To Improve Your Acting Career: Make Your Own Work

•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.

Prose & Cons, Catherine Balavage, actor, actress, writer, director

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.

New Interview: I Tell Matt Horn All About Prose & Cons

•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.

My First Horror Film

•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.

It is not a lesbian horror film, promise.

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.

Catherine Balavage Horror actress

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.

%d bloggers like this: