I live on a boat. This has two advantages. 

1. I can live alone in London.

2. Water makes people philosophical.

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. I've found this once before in my life - in 2016 I took a break to live (alone) in Paris for a year and ended up doing a lot of learning and experimenting in how to be an independent creative.

Now I am more proactive than reactive. I spend more time looking for things to learn. The fact that you're reading this is a result of a marketing-for-creatives book I've just finished. Let me know if you want the details.

One of my favourite things to do is have actor 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.

Because I love craft. And I love talking about it. I'm a craft geek.

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.

That's why the first thing I'll do when I get a script is to sit quietly with a tea or coffee somewhere and cover it with notes. I want to understand every moment, every why. Then I'll take some text and play with physicality, with voice. Stretch the character to see how far or close to basic ME he (or in one case she) 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.
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