Like it or not, the business of acting relies very much on how you look. While most people tend to think of it as a need to appear Hollywood perfect, that’s not necessarily the case. The fact is, if you’re going to be using your face and body to convey the words and actions of a character, those people involved in casting need to know if how you look fits with what they’re trying to achieve.
As part of my commitment to taking my performance seriously, I booked myself some headshots with Larklight Photography. From the start, Claire’s been a delight and after exchanging some light-hearted banter by email after making my booking I was already feeling pretty relaxed before we got to the day of the shoot.
Our photos were taken at a secret location of Claire’s choosing and it was pretty much perfect for the purpose. With her lovely mum wielding the reflector and Claire snapping away and showing off her full range of regional accents, the pair kept me laughing all the way through.
Only three days after the photos were taken, the final copies landed in my inbox today and they’re everything I hoped they’d be. They show me in my best light but still look like me. They have some character and warmth but offer enough of a blank canvas to allow a casting director to paint their own picture on what I have to offer.
If you’re looking for headshots and want a professional job with a photographer who understands performers and knows how to put you at ease, I can’t recommend Larklight highly enough. I had such fun on the day and hope to work with Claire again in future.
It’s been a long time since I’ve updated here, so here’s a two-in-one shot.
Since April, I’ve been writing flash fiction on Forbes’ website for NetApp. Taking a futuristic (and often less than optimistic!) take on the future of technology in many shapes and forms, my 100 Words Into The Future posts have been getting a lot of views and generating some great discussion.
I discovered this week that there will be a new flash fiction going up every Friday from next week, bringing regular doses of futurism to the world of business and technology. If you can’t wait until then, you see my most popular piece to date here and find links to my other stories on the same page. I tweet links to each one as they come out, so if you want to see them as they happen you can follow me on Twitter.
I’m also excited to be learning lines ahead of starting an intensive run of rehearsals in September and a tour in October. Sold, which debuted as No Soul For Sale at last year’s International Conference on Human Trafficking in Cardiff, has received a grant from the Arts Council for 12 performances in venues all over Wales. I’m looking forward to going back to work with Director and Playwright Jennifer Hartley and working with a fantastic cast of actors to bring this play back to the stage.
In addition to the play, recorded Sold across several very late nights in sub-zero temperatures at a bus stop in Cardiff Bay in November and December last year. It’s currently in the edit and discussions are ongoing about what we’re going to do with it once it’s finished. We’re hoping to have a cast-and-crew premiere in August but in the meantime, take a look at the trailer.