AN-008 | Interview with MHAIRI MORRISON, creator of ‘Feathers & Toast’ comedy web series.

February 7, 2016
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For the first INSIDE THE ACTORCHAT STUDIO interview, I was thrilled to be able to welcome actress MHAIRI MORRISON, creator and star of the hit TV and web series "Feathers & Toast". http://www.feathersandtoast.com

In our chat we not only talked about her career and training, mime, comedy and live stand-up comedy, but also her experience of moving herself to Los Angeles and adapting to and surviving the Hollywood way.



Mhairi attained her BA in Theater from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before studying movement and mime at Jacques Le Coq, Paris. Following her training, she formed a theater company, performing as a clown throughout Paris.
Moving to London, she began working in TV and film. Feature film credits include Young Adam (with Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton), Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, O, Jerusalem and Green Street Hooligans. TV credits include Murphy’s Law, Casualty (BBC), Missing (ITV) and Emo (C4). Theater credits include Blues For Mister Charlie (Tricycle), Faeries (Royal Opera House) and Low Life (Blind Summit).
Since moving to LA she has performed regularly as a stand up comic, bringing talking Scottish mime to the Hollywood comedy scene.

The interview is also available as a Blab video recording on YouTube:

AN-007 - MINDSET 1/9 | Limiting Beliefs with SHARON BOTT

February 7, 2016
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The first in a series of nine conversations with mentor, coach and trainer Sharon Bott (who also happens to be my wife), taking on the area of mindset as it concerns actors. This time, we're talking about LIMITING BELIEFS - how they're formed, how we can distinguish them and ultimately, how we can choose NOT to live out of them.

In the conversation, Sharon mentions a blog she's recently written on the subject called 'No Limits'. Here's the link if you want to read more: https://medium.com/@sharonbott/no-limits-2f477abdfbb3#.ukv2txcrk 
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AN-006 | Sand in the Oyster

January 29, 2016
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When we get a new script in the hand, it's all too easy to succumb to some less than helpful habits in our keenness to make our mark on the role. Inspired by a quote from a slightly surprising source, here's a thought about character development that may help shake out any old, stale habits you may have fallen into.

(Below is a YouTube upload of the interview that inspired the podcast. Given that the poster is probably breaching copyright, I cannot guarantee that it will always work).

AN-005 | Podcasting: what’s in it for actors?

January 21, 2016
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What's all the fuss about podcasting? Is there anything in it for me as an actor? Should I be paying attention? I'm joined by co-host of the POWERFUL NONSENSE podcast, actor Wayne Ingram, in this recording of an hour long ActorChat video discussion about the advantages and some pitfalls of podcasting for actors.


YOUTUBE RECORDING OF THE #ACTORCHAT


Here are some links to other sites that may be useful. There are many podcasters out there whose main role in life seems to be helping and educating new and aspiring podcasters. They are easy to find via a search on Google but my favourite so far is 'THE AUDACITY TO PODCAST' podcast. It's a good starting place. 

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Wayne mentions his own page where beginners can get an idea of the kind of equipment that forms the basis of a reasonable podcasting set-up. It's here at POWERFUL NONSENSE.

There is an actor called Tommy Kendrick who is based in Austin, Texas. He runs an excellent podcast for actors - indeed (although I've cut it from the podcast) he tried to join the Actorchat Blab but didn't succeed due to some Blab first-timer technical problems. Nevertheless is was good to make the connection and I highly recommend his shows - mainly interviews with other actors and creatives. It's called ACTORS TALK

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Another podcast I highly recommend to actors is Stephen Mitchell's NOTES ON A CALL SHEET - an extremely interesting and experienced Hollywood director/writer/producer and his take on acting and the business of acting. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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AN-004 | Upset - it’s no big deal

January 15, 2016
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It strikes me that many of us learned, very early in life, there was a huge payoff in drawing attention to the fact that we were upset. There was real value in complaining to your mother that something was wrong. However, as we get older, the strategy begins to produce diminishing returns. What are the consequences?

AN-003 | Full Circle at Wyndham’s

January 13, 2016
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For three glorious months, back in the Summer of In 2014, I was very honoured and privileged to be understudy to the great Bill Nighy in the revival of David Hare's 'Skylight' at Wyndham's Theatre, directed by Stephen Daldry. This is a little story about luck, fate, and synchronicity, cause and effect - call it what you will. It has a longish preface because it revolves around this very significant event in my life. In order for the jewel to shine, it need to be bedded in the right setting - so bear with me!

SHOW NOTES

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REFERENCES

a-night-to-remember-tucker-mcguire-1958In the show, I make reference to  couple of names that are significant to the story but you may not have heard of. If you're interested, you can find out about Tucker McGuire on IMDb here, and Tom Macaulay here. At left is a shot of Tucker McGuire in the film "A Night to Remember", the 1958 British film about the sinking of the Titanic starring Kenneth Moore.

AN-002 | Actors & Goal Setting

January 13, 2016
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Being still at the beginning of the year, it’s not too late to talk about goal-setting - indeed, a week or so into January, it’s maybe around now that first indications appear that those fine and sparkly resolutions we made are beginning to look a bit tarnished? If that’s not the case - brilliant - however, as actors we’re particularly aware of the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" and I thought a conversation with my personal development coach wife, Sharon Bott, to look at the particular concerns that actors have about determining how life is going to go may be apposite.

At around the 25 minute mark, Sharon mentions a book called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. If you want to investigate this further, below is an affiliate link to Amazon.co.uk

 

YOUTUBE

I host an occasional video streaming chat - called, amazingly, ActorChat TV, that uses the Blab platform. By way of kicking things off and because it was easy to do, we did a live broadcast entitled ‘Actors & Goal Setting’ and the rest of this podcast is the audio recording of it. If you would prefer to watch the conversation, here is the YouTube recording of the Blab. 

WEBSITE

If you love what Sharon is saying and would like to know more about here and what she can offer, please pay her website a visit as soon as you can!Sharon Bott website

AN-001 | The Scary Thing Is … Performance

January 12, 2016
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The very first episode of the Actor Notes podcast is about our constant companion ... fear. The thing is, whether or not it gets in the way of our work - and if so - what can we do about it? Not that I've got any answers necessarily, but I hope my angle on it strikes a chord or two - if only you feel less alone in your terror from now on.


In case you needed proof - a Fender Stratocaster definitely does NOT make me into Jimi Hendrix:Michael Bott and Stratocaster Also, here's the 'Inside the Actor's Studio' interview with Kevin Costner.