On "Diary of an Unemployed Actor" I speak with up-and-coming actors, actresses, and filmmakers about making a career in the entertainment industry. Episodes also include discussions that impact the profession of creatives, as well as an occasional informational episode with lessons learned.
In this episode of “Rip It Up,” Kev and Milo are joined by artist Juanita Rea, to discuss the recent cancelling of six Dr. Seuss titles by the publisher of the books. They also posed the question to the public in a survey and discuss the results. Juanita recites two of her mixed media poetry pieces for us.
Note: This discussion went longer than usual, as there was a lot to say on the subject so we have broken it into two parts.
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Juanita Rea @Juanita_Rea1
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Kev Bamboo @bmboo_creatives
In this episode of “Rip It Up,” Kev and Milo are joined by artist Juanita Rea, to discuss the recent cancelling of six Dr. Seuss titles by the publisher of the books. They also posed the question to the public in a survey and discuss the results. Juanita recites two of her mixed media poetry pieces for us. Note: This discussion went longer than usual, as there was a lot to say on the subject so we have broken it into two parts. Part two will be released this Friday the 30th. Follow on Instagram at: Claire L. Shawl @Juanita_Rea1 Milo Denison @milodenison Kev Bamboo @bmboo_creatives
In this episode of "Rip It Up," Kev and Milo are joined by musician Claire L. Shaw to discuss how they would feel if they had to change their name by choice or lack of choice. They also posed the question to the public in a survey and discuss the results. Claire also plays a couple of lovely songs for us.
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Milo Denison @milodenison
Kev Bamboo @bmboo_creatives
In this episode, I walk to talk about some experiences I’ve had on film sets over the past few months when it comes to COVID-19 safety. From micro-budget sets to big-budget sets, we need to make sure we are being safe so as not to spread Coronavirus.
In this episode of "Rip It Up," Kev and Milo are joined by poet Fin Hall to discuss how they would feel if their work was stolen. They also posed the question to the public in a survey and discuss the results. Fin recites two of his poems for us.
To watch Fin's film "Poets and Therapy" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvnQpkC0Ic4
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Kev Bamboo @bmboo_creatives
Introducing a new series called “Rip It Up.” The concept is to discuss the issues that are affecting artists these days, such as can we separate the artist from the art they create? In an era where artists are being held liable for their behavior, can we still appreciate the movies, music, or other art they create while not appreciating the person themselves?
These debates will include special guests and be held in a manner a bit different from most. We will behave like civilized people, let people have opinions that might differ from ours.
Milo Denison @milodenison
Kev Bamboo @bmboo_creatives
In this episode, I speak with actress Chelsea Marie Marlowe. We talk about working as an extra and the advantages and disadvantages of doing extra or background work. Chelsea is also adept at many forms of martial arts and provides some advice for other women looking to get into stunt work and martial arts. And I learn something about SAG-AFTRA eligibility for extra work, and the reason even though you might be eligible, it might not be worth joining. And an explanation of what intimacy director is.
To follow Chelsea in Instagram @Chelsea.m.marlowe
In this episode, I speak with Vince Williams who is a UK-based actor who has been a professional dancer. As a dancer had the opportunity to travel the world, and his skills with physical movement led to performing in shows like the kids show Brum. He is also a fellow podcast.
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This week I speak with Jason Henry. Jason is a Chicago based actor and voice-over artist. We discuss how SAG_AFTRA membership doesn't necessarily mean you will suddenly be working regularly on high-paying gigs. We also spend most of our time swapping stories about shows and movies we enjoy, performances from great actors, and voice-over.
On the 80s and 90s Uncensored, listen to card-carrying Gen-Xers Milo and Jamie as they banter, debate, and discuss various topics about the 80s and 90s. If you are a miserable middle-aged office worker and your life sucks and essentially don't have anything to look forward to, at least on one day of the week you have the 80s and 90s uncensored. New episodes are released every Monday.
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Laurisha Yniguez plays Brielle Swanson in Baltiwood and has appeared in various industrials. She's received training from Studio Theatre in DC and Michael Howard Studios in New York City. In my talk with Laurisha we discuss crypto currency and blockchain, and the advantages of how this is impacting the world.
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Twitter: L. Yniguez (@LCStoryteller) / Twitter
In this episode of "Diary of an Unemployed Actor," I speak with Amie Kieffer. Amie has been studying some aspect of performance her whole life. She started in piano and dance, to working as an extra in "Sudden Death," to appearing in the TV series "Homicide Hunter," and is filming a new series called "The Great Endeavour."
Find out more about Amie by visiting
Art Brown is a Los Angeles based Actor, Singer, Comedian, Director, and Film-maker. He's also the author of "Vegetarian Dining in NYC", and "Everything I need to know, I Learned from Cartoons!" In 2019 and again in early 2020, Art starred in the tour of “Old Jews Telling Jokes” in Burbank and Palm Springs. Since the pandemic, he’s been focused on Voiceovers and producing Audiobooks.
He provides a lot of great information for anyone interested in recording audiobooks. And if you want to listen to his version of Samuel L. Jackson's voice check out the auditable version of "Bloody Sheets" on Audible.
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On this week's episode of Diary of an Unemployed Actor, I am speaking with Quinn Angell.
Quinn Angell grew up in the Dallas Fort Worth area not really interested in acting, but that changed when his stepfather came into his life. Quinn started acting when he was a teenager, then studied Theatre and History at the University of North Texas. During his time in college, he began doing voiceover work at Funimation Entertainment. Through his time, he played roles in different anime dubs, such as Golden Kamuy, Akashic Records, Black Clover, ID: Invaded, Taboo Tattoo, and Knights and Magic. He also played background voices in shows like One Piece, Clockwork Planet, How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord, and others. Now, he acts in voiceover, on-camera and writes when he can.
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Caitlyn Piccirillo is a New York based actress and singer. She received a BFA (Acting) from Adelphi University, and a MA (Theatre) from CUNY Hunter College. Recent (pre-COVID) credits include “Ragtime” (Ensemble) with Village Light Opera Group, and “Home” (Mortimer/ Puppeteer) with Evolve Puppets. Some of her favorite quarantine Zoom readings have included: “Dance Nation” (Brittany), “The Music Man” (Marian), “The Little Mermaid” (Ursula), “The Wild Party” (Kate), and “Guys and Dolls” (Sarah Brown). Caitlyn now lives in New York City, with her partner, her books, and her cats. She is currently auditioning for projects as well as freelancing as a SFX makeup artist, production assistant, and dramaturg for different projects.
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At the age of 55, Paul E. Kandarian audition for his first stage production, and with no experience was cast as the lead. He is now a full-time actor, having performed in dozens of films, short and long, TV commercials, industrial videos, educational videos, and theatre productions. He is also a career-long writer, working in newspapers since 1982 and still doing magazine writing and travel pieces.
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After a few weeks of winter vacation, sitting at home, and playing video games it is time to return to the podcast.
The show is hosted by Milo Denison. Follow at:
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Season 1 of Diary of an Unemployed Actor is complete. In this episode I express some of my thoughts about how season 1 went and some ideas for Season 2.
Note: The show will be returning January 2021
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In my talk with Holly Emmett, we discuss her experiences auditing for theatre schools and what to look for when deciding if a workshop or class is worth it. We also get into a short discussion on the fun of working with kids and swap a few audition stories.
Formally trained in Sydney, now residing in London. She has been working as a professional actor for eight years ranging from film, tv, commercials, theatre & short film projects worldwide.
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Kahmal Sealey has a large list of credits to his naming including film, television, and commercials. Kahmal is also an online content creator with a total of 13 million views across his online videos. We swap audition stories and techniques. He also has a lot of interesting things to say about being a working actor and the business of show business. He has a lot of good advice for people looking to get into acting and making a career out of it.
In my discussion with Kev Bamboo, we spend a while discussing immigration and the reasons why people move from countries and that it is not always by a desire to move but a necessity. And speaking of Coronavirus we talk about roles that would have happened if not for the fact that filmmaking was canceled due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Kev is a British actor who has been likened to Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead) and Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane from Game of Thrones) when in varying states of beard length! Kev was once the face of Grolsch Lager, where they subsequently turned his face into a work of art!
Kev is the Producer of a film called Mr. Stare written and directed by Elle Osicka. Original music for both BOTTLE & Mr. Stare is Scott Makepeace-Nunn (and potentially a track/music supervision from Kris Park.
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In this episode I speak with actor Robbie Stedman. We run though a range of subjects such as his experience working in a warehouse to a character he played called Technicolor Dream Boy, to photography, to auditioning, to poetry, to some personal experiences his after finding out he was HIV positive. We also spend a decent amount of time on his process for applying to acting work through an online casting site.
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Maryam Hashemi was born in the UK, raised in Iran, and now creates art in London. We discuss the way cinema in Iran changed after the Islamic revolution and how censorship can influence art for the better. She also tells us about her move from Iran to the UK, and finding a community in London.
Maryam Hashemi is a multidisciplinary artist active in fields of visual art , performance , modelling and acting.
You can find out more about Maryam at:
Star Now: www.starnow.co.uk/maryamhashemi
In my discussion with Ross K. Foad we talk about the entertainment industry and the way it deals with performers who have disabilities and how the industry seems to be making changes in providing more opportunity. Ross has also made a few web series so he provides us with some information on making a web series should that be something you are interested in doing.
Ross K. Foad was born in Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey. Both of his parents are actors, and his brother is an SFX make up artist. Born Autistic and Dyspraxic, he made his acting debut aged 18 months with an advertisement for Pampers, but would initially choose to pursue writing, becoming a published comic strip writer aged 14-years old. He would return to acting in his late teens when he joined the Penthouse Cabaret as a sketch actor and stand-up comedian. He would go on to garner experience in various mediums including short films, tv, web series, plays, radio, and video games. In 2017, he was one of only 30 disabled actors chosen by the BBC for its Class Act Training Scheme, an initiative to help increase disabled representation on screen. Outside of acting, he is a keen film maker, and has written over 150 shorts/features/and web series episodes.
Find our more about Ross visit:
Web Series: https://seriesofmana.weebly.com/about.html
In my discussion with John Joseph, we talk about keeping busy with online classes and the challenge of no longer being able to train in person and staying motivated as an actor in the current COVID environment.
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Eugene Capon, previously a social media creative director before entering the XR field in 2016, self-produced/animated the 360 film Journey VR which was shown at Seattle Fashion Week. The short film was well received and was quickly included as a staff pick by VeeR, Adobe and the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF).
Soon after it was included for the steam 360 program where it was the top 360 film for over 30 days. He followed up by recreating the first level of Super Mario Bros as a 360 video which currently has over 8 million views on YouTube. His long list of companies and brands hes worked with include Microsoft, Skype, Wizards of the Coast, Altspace, High Fidelity, Go Media, Dalziel, McDonalds and Jack in the Box.
In my talk with Eugenie, he discusses how he studied virtual reality and YouTube that lead to his career as a digital content creator. We talk about what VR is and that turning point where VR becomes mainstream. And we also discuss the change in movies where actors are being replaced by digital versions of themselves.
To find out more about Eugene visit:
In this episode of "Diary of an Unemployed Actor," I speak with Adam Broomfield-Strawn. We talk about living a healthy lifestyle, acting, and his experience as a presenter.
Adam Broomfield-Strawn is a London based actor, presenter, Voiceover, Comedian, award winning public speaker who also runs his own business as an NLP practitioner and Lifecoachhelping others to become the best version on themselves, overcome negative habits and/or mindsets and achieve their goals.
Adam has performed at the Edinburgh Festival fringe 4 times with solo shows, has worked as an extra, body double as well as speaking rolls in films such as The last dragon slayer (Sky 1) and Martin Freeman's Breeders (Sky 1). He has also starred in adverts for Mastercard, Ring.com, Dacia and many others.
Adam came to the industry very late at the age of 42 having worked in the corporate world until quitting in 2015, getting a divorce, claiming bankruptcy and moving to Surrey to rent a box room in the home of a former 1960's model and pop star wife.
Adam has worked tirelessly to not only make up for lost time but to also help others starting out or working in the industry by formatting and sharing his extensive list of useful links to websites, companies, YouTube channels and other sites of value to performers in this country.
He is, by his own admission, NOT a full-time, "successful" actor but merely a performer committed to making his way in the industry. He is committed to helping others and showing what can be done with hard work, determination and a "never give in"attitude.
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Sharisse Zeroonian started making films at the age of 12 on an old camera and editing them on Windows Movie Maker. However, she never intended to be a filmmaker instead she planned to be a teacher, but things change. She is now writing, producing, and directing films and television. She tells us about the experience of having a film screening where one-person shows up to watch the film, dealing with crazy people on the train while on her way to a shoot, and then losing a tripod. And we discuss the realities of no-budget filmmaking. It is hard work, but work that is worth it for the reward of the experience and final product.
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"One Plus One Is Two" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pRd8yw45AM
"One Plus One Is Two" Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/One-Plus-One-is-Two-1524768134406214/
Zuzana Spacirova is a bilingual actress (English/Slovak), performer, and creative. She has been performing on stage since the age of 15 and since her relocation to London, she has been acting professionally on both stage and screen, including critically acclaimed Twelfth Night at the Young Vic theatre and the short film I SEE that received funding from BFI and premieres on Amazon Prime in summer 2020. In 2018 she graduated from the London school of dramatic art with Advanced Diploma in Acting.
During my talk with Zuzana, we discuss and share our experiences at being foreign actors in the UK. We talk about watching yourself on screen for the first time and overcoming insecurity at the way we look or sound to improve our on-screen performances and conquering that voice in our heads that tells us we aren't any good at something.
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In my talk with Tim Watson discuss the fun ways that stage actors deal with dropped lines or bumbling on stage. He also does an excellent job of balancing a career in engineering while also pursuing acting and writing on his days off, proving that you don't need to be full-time to enjoy the creative arts. We also discuss the difference between working on student films and more professional productions. And how student films can be a lot of fun, allowing for creative opportunity.
To find out more about Tim:
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/timmehwatson/
"Murder Trailer" - https://youtu.be/YiCkvtN1BBM
"Defenders Eternal" Trailer - https://youtu.be/SRt2fG2AFRQ
In my talk with Patricia Barnicott we discuss her long history as an actress starting at the age of 14, having to give it up for many years, then getting back into it later in life.
Still going strong at 82, she has some great stories about being on set and working as an extra, performing in musical theatre around the world. Patricia is most well-known for portraying Granny Pat, where she would interview rappers such as Sean Paul. She has worked as an extra in quite a lot of films for BBC and ITV, and other smaller films. She has also played many parts in amateur plays, pantomimes, musicals, murder weekends, and concerts. She ran a small group who went around to care homes to sing - and is still in 2 singing groups. Her singing has taken her to many places, including Disney World, Florida, with the Disney orchestra and chorus. Now in her 80s she is still performing, proving that you are never to old get do what you love.
You can find out more about Patricia:
Star Now: https://www.starnow.ie/profile/?m_id=2776917
Granny Pat: https://www.youtube.com/c/UniLadTV/search?query=granny+pat
Emma Bryant started her career as a model before moving into acting. She has appeared in the film "filth" and "Game of Thrones" Emma also has also performed as a standup comedian and has some hilarious stories about her experiences in front of an audience.
We also talk about how she finds roles and the value associated with being a professional on set, and networking, and maintaining good working relationships with others. She also offers some great advice for models and actresses on how to deal with someone who oversteps their bounds.
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Neil Cohen is a playwright, television and film writer, illustrator, producer and director who has been working in the industry for over 30 years.
Neil co-wrote and co-directed with Zack Norman the once-lost now-found cult comedy film Chief Zabu, which The Hollywood Reporter calls “A Comic Time Capsule with a Timeless Punch.” He wrote and illustrated the children’s book American Gargoyles which the NY Times says is ‘Zany, Madcap, Raucous, Mischievous’ and which is now being developed as an animated Christmas Special. His non-fiction writing has appeared in Los Angeles Magazine, BUZZ, Playboy, and New Millennium, and he recently produced Myriah Marquez’ award-winning short documentary “The Diary of Being Uncomfortably Comfortable."
To find out more about Neal visit Instagram:
Watch the trailer for Chief Zabu
A former New Yorker living in Florida, Libbie Baylinson is a theatre and voice-over actress. I test her when it comes to the accents she can do, and we talk about auditing and finding roles. She has some excellent advice as a voice-over artist on finding characters and practicing voices.
Libbie shares some hilarious stories about auditioning and random things that happen on stage that people have to work through during a live performance.
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Janine is starting her acting caring while living in New York. We discuss how student films are a nice way to get some content for showreels and to get your name out there when you are starting in film acting. And the ups and downs of working on student films.
Maccabee has an interesting back story that started with studying theater before joining the military after 9/11. From there he did the corporate 9-5 gig before getting back into acting as a voice over artist. We have a good discussion on the many white actors now who are saying they won't do voice work for black or Asian characters.
You can find out more about Maccabee at:
Homepage is https://apps.voiceoverview.com/maccabee_griffin2
LinkedIn is http://linkedin.com/in/maccabeegriffin
Paul is proof that you don't need to live in LA or New York to make a living as an actor. He has been working as an actor out of Utah for the past six years. In my discussion with Paul, we discuss why you should sometimes say no to a project when starting, and we get into acting techniques.
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Richard primarily works as a 2nd AC or Focus Puller. However, he has plenty of experience in other roles in the camera department. And he is here to explain to us what the difference between the DOP is to the DIT.
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Allyn started doing theatre in middle school and continued throughout high school and college. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in English at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan she decided it was time to pursue acting full time.
We discuss the ways we are keeping productive during the quarantine and how she is using the time to promote herself. And what it is like to work with multiple agents.
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Writer and director Hudson Hughes made a feature film called "Wednesday in Space" with co-producer and friend Benedict Evans. They did this with a budget of only £1,500 and the help of a small group of talented actors and crew.
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Punk Lucky Podcast: https://www.instagram.com/punkluckypodcast/and Spotify.
Conor Armstrong Sanfey is a producer, director, and teacher in Dublin, Ireland. In this episode of Diary of An Unemployed Actor, Conor shares a few stories about directing his first feature film "Lift" and discusses his philosophy around teaching acting for stage and screen.
Lift is available on multiple VOD platforms including Amazon Prime:
To find out about Conor's acting classes visit:
Here is my previous QA session with Conor and a few cast members from Lift
From tour guide to extra to starring in his first feature film. In my talk with Cilléin we nerd out on a range of topics including Asian horror films versus American horror, French cinema, and Irish filmmaking. And, we discuss his film "The New Music"
To find out more about Cillein you can visit:
Built to Fail Productions: https://www.instagram.com/builttofailproductions/
The New Music: http://thenewmusic.ie/
The short we mention at the end of the discussion. "Hallow Win" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=794fA1NkoxY
Kendal is a Los Angeles based actress who has a lot of great advice to give about living in the city most actors want to be. She has been working as an actress since she was a teenager and tells a few stories about how things have changed over the years in the industry. Dealing with rejection from auditions. Finding the right manager to work with, and developing that relationship. As well as some of the benefits of being a member of SAG-AFTRA.
To find out more about Kendal you can visit:
Have you ever wondered the difference between a sound designer, a sound editor, and a foley artist is? If so this is the podcast for you. Today I am speaking with Glenn Kaufman who is a freelance sound editor and designer.
Glenn is full of knowledge and relays a few stories of his times on the set, while also explaining what the difference between a designer and foley artist is. And he provides some advice for people looking to get into editing as a career.
The sound editor’s responsibilities are to prepare all dialogue, background sounds, sound effects, and music for the final mix.
Sound Designers are responsible for providing any required sounds to accompany screen action. They work closely with the production mixer, sound supervisor, the editor, and the director to create an original sound element
To find out more about Glenn you can visit:
Eamon started his career a bit later than most. First begining with a traditional career before getting a role as an extra in a theatrical production that had nearly every great actor in Ireland in it.
After that, he did an acting foundation course as the Gaiety school in 1994 before going back to his day job. Then in 2006, he got into standup comedy before as Maisie Elliott for 7 years. Then in 2012, he started classes with The Focus Theatre, where he also worked in bar and box office. Finished training with them in 2016 and Started acting full time.
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Shane moved from Ireland to Vancouver BC a few years ago to see if he could make it as an actor. Now that he is back in Ireland we have a chat about his experiences while over there. He shares a few casting stores, we talk about the various casting sites that are out there, and some of the ones that are working for us. We also talked about how as you age and change you need to be aware of your playing type changing.
To find out more about Shane you can visit:
In this episode of "Diary of an Unemployed Actor," I speak with Laura Mobilia who has a great story about getting on the wrong bus that leads to a 10-year career performing in radio dramas. She has also written, produced, and performed in a show that has aired on television in Argentina.
To find out more about Laura you can visit:
To find out more about The Galaxy of Dreams" ----> "La Galaxia de los Sueños"
To find out more about "Música viajera" ---> "Traveller music"
We spend a decent amount of time talking about mutual friends and acquaintances that we have worked with other the years. Patrick also talks about his experiences working as an extra on Vikings and Game of Thrones.
To find out more about Patrick you can visit:
Note: There are a couple mild swear words in this episode.
In Episode 5, we talk about the joys of finding a good creative partner to work with. We discuss her first acting role as a lead and the nerves that go along with memorizing a 6-page monologue. And we talk about even though you are a bit shy get out and do the things you want to do.
To find out more about Silvana you can visit:
Lockdown Film Club: https://www.facebook.com/TheLockdownFilmClub/
Mary! Mary! Mary!: https://www.facebook.com/nosleep.org/videos/2019220835049995/
We discuss the importance of having creativity in your life. Also, when it comes to acting the importance of promoting yourself in a way that gets your name out there without being obnoxious about it. We also reminisce of when we started out people used to have headshots in black and white attached to a resume/CV that they would take around with them and send out and how that has changed.
To find out more about Juliette you can visit:
In this episode, I talk with actor Aidan O Sullivan. With the lockdown/shutdown he is in rural Donegal by the sea and mountains and using the "downtime" to write short films and a stand-up comedy set. Reading books that have been sitting around the house and waiting to be ready. We also discuss different studies for acting and workshops, and the value they provide to the performer. And his thoughts on relocating from Dublin to London for acting work.
And we share the stories of how we are keeping ourselves during the quarantine. And our tea preferences while stuck at home.
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In this interview with Clare Millane, we discuss creating your own work an actor or actress, and if you are creating work for yourself how to avoid burnout. We also discuss the value of having a good network of filmmakers that you can call on to assist with projects. Along with many other topics.
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Most podcasts and interview shows talk to the big stars, the actors and actresses with publicists who tell them what stories to tell and how to promote their projects. I’d like to hear from the rest of us trying to make a living as performers - the people starring in independent films and shorts, the supporting artists and background performers. I would like to hear from those in the theatre.
“Diary of an Unemployed Actor” is not just about promoting projects, it is to provide a source of education for those making a living as performers or those who want to learn more about making a living as actors and actresses. A podcast for learning and entertainment.
The show is hosted by Milo Denison. You can follow him at: