I live on a boat. This has two advantages.
1. I can afford to live alone in London.
2. Water makes people philosophical. Seriously.
I've lived in many many flat-shares. My second year living in London, I moved fourteen times in twelve months. London is tough sometimes. But since I've had my own space, no matter how small, I've learned that it also gives me brain space. And that's very important. It makes me more proactive than reactive. I spend more time looking for things to learn about. The fact that you're reading this is a result of a marketing-for-creatives book I've just finished.
One of my favourite things to do is have creative friends round for coffee or lunch. If it's a nice day, we'll sit on the prow and look at the water and the ducks and the conversation will always drift due craft.
I love craft.
I have good instincts. I am a terrific sit-reader. Stick me in front of a camera or on stage with no prep and I can give you something. And I'm better with time to prepare.
My approach to comedy is to treat is seriously. The situation might be heightened. The characters might be cartoonish. But there needs to be an underlying belief in the stakes, there needs to be as much work put in to understand the world of the work as if it were Ibsen.
The first thing I'll do when I get a script is sit quietly with a tea or coffee somewhere and go through it to understand every moment. Then I'll play with physicality, voice. Stretch them to see how far or close to basic ME they should be. It doesn't matter the medium: radio is as physical as stage.
Then there will be rehearsals (hopefully), opportunities to try things with other actors, work with directors, and build together. Comedy can seem lonely from the outside but I think it is collaborative. My favourite jobs I've worked on have come from an ensemble mentality.
If you would like to chat about work, drop me a line! Or contact Dan Clifton at Union Management to book me for a casting.