'Since I was really young, I have always taken a real passion to films, theatre, TV and anything to do with acting. I have and always will love everything about this profession'
Luckily, I have extremely supportive parents so when I told them that this is what I want to do for a living, they didn’t even think twice or take into consideration I was only a little lad, they put me forward for an acting agency linked with the stage school and started looking for places where I could improve my skills and achieve this dream of being an actor. When I was accepted into the agency, they constantly put me forward for many things and I had many auditions and the result of nearly all of them was a no. At first, I didn’t know how to feel because it is upsetting when you have worked hard to perform for someone and these people just to tell you no, especially being young.
I can remember thinking “Why won’t they pick me?” “Am I not good enough?” “Am I just setting myself an unrealistic goal of being an actor?”, it made me feel awful at first and I will admit it, I did cry quite a few times. But these thoughts in my head just fuelled me to get better and keep pushing to get this goal that I so badly want. I said to myself “If they think I’m not good enough. “Am I just setting myself an unrealistic goal of being an actor?”, it made me feel awful at first and I will admit it, I did cry quite a few times. But these thoughts in my head just fuelled me to get better and keep pushing to get this goal that I so badly want. I said to myself “If they think I’m not good enough then I’ll train and improve until I’m better than just good enough and they might not pick me right now but they will all want me someday” and I’m happy I did because it motivates me every day to hopefully one day catch my ‘big break’.
I definitely know that I am not perfect, no one is, but I am working as hard as possible to make sure that I can achieve the goals I have always dreamed of. I want to take this small part of the blog to thank my very supportive parents and IPM for being there for any help I need and assisting me on my journey as an actor. One day all the hard work will pay off and my dream will come true.
Harrison's training has led to shortlisted opportunities with beloved series like 'Fantastic Beasts', CBBC's 'Jaime Johnson' and BBC's comedy 'Ladhood'. His film work has won multiple awards for awareness in Domestic Abuse alongside the many commercial roles with Harrison's name attached!
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Thinking of ways you can work at home as an actor? With the recent government guidelines posted with advised social distancing and in some cases quarantining oneself, the profession of acting feels like it may be at a bit of a standstill at the moment.
But here at IPM we’re not letting these uncertain times catch up with us just yet! With more productions being postponed and castings turning to online and self tape auditions, this just leaves actors with chance to hone their skills and emerge better than ever.
Here are some practical things you can be doing in making the most of staying at home to be ready when the fast paced industry we love is back in full swing.
Get things done!
Tackle that to-do list! Start ticking off the jobs that have been slowly growing since New Year and feel the pride of accomplishing even the smallest of jobs. Remember, a tidy house means a tidy mind and now is the time to get cleaned up. Alongside organising your personal space, organise your CV.
Make sure all your new experience is listed and that the next casting director to see your CV knows all what you have accomplished. Make sure you outline everything you want accomplished during this time and set yourself a schedule. This will keep you on track and make the most of the down time.
The beauty of acting is that all that is required is you! You are your own tool and can practice anytime. Block out the time and dedicate it to getting under the skin of a new character. Find the script of your favourite film and give it a go! Or master a new accent! Anything you do in this time will all come in hand down the line. Remember to film yourself and watch it back – you’ll see what you need to improve and more importantly how far you’ve come. Make the most of your free time and all the resources at hand. Websites such as Youtube can offer simple tutorials on accents or make use of IPM’s private classes for a range of character techniques or tailored sessions. These can be done through skype for comfort and safety during this time.
What a better time than to let the imagination go! To be a better actor, is to be more creative. Whatever you chose to pursue, pursue it with curiosity and enjoyment. During this pause, there is no pressure to perfect the art, just have a go. Try your hand at writing and get into the head of your next director. Or pick up a pen and paper and get drawing – be it a still life of your desk or a dreamscape. This can not only help with your acting, but give your hands something to accomplish.
DANCE IT OUT!
Take some advice straight from Christina Yang and dance it out! This can be a frustrating time, but that doesn’t mean we have to let it get to us. Blast out your favourite music and let it go! Weather you’re practising a routine or just throwing your arms in the air – get to know your body with some moves! Remember, self isolating can be the most responsible thing to do but it will pass. Look after those you can and most importantly, look after yourself.
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The nominees for the RTS awards, one of Britain's most prestigious, have been announced - and it's a strong night for comedy, with all three of those nominated in the Breakthrough category being so for comedic performances. If you seek inspiration and motivation, just look below for our rundown of the comedy awards.
Irish actress Aisling Bea is up for the Breakthrough Award for starring in (and writing!) in the series This Way Up, a series showcasing the trials and tribulations of a a young English teacher in London. The show takes a hilarious yet emotionally-affecting look at the ways in which city life can wear down even the most stubborn and motivated among us, maintained by Bea's heartfelt and honest performance; the actress and writer has never been ashamed of wearing her heart on her sleeve, understanding that laughter and tears are close bedfellows.
American comedian Tim Renkow, also up for the Breakthrough Award, has propelled himself into the list with his starring role in the gut-busting and deeply uncomfortable Jerk, based on his own experiences and stand-up comedy; a series which turns stereotypes and representations of disability in art on their head by portraying Renkow himself, who has cerebral palsy, as a truly horrendous man, always looking for ways to use his condition to his advantage (usually to the detriment of others). Not for the feint of heart or humour!
The second series of BBC's Motherland, now in it's second series, is up for multiple awards, including the final Breakthrough Award nomination for Tanya Moodie and a Best Comedy Performance (Female) nomination for Diane Horgan. Motherland concerns the bitter social warfare that happens between a group of working mothers; Moodie plays Meg, a high-flying business executive who releases the stress of a busy worklife and busier homelife through explosive partying, while Horgan plays Liz, a blunt figure of chaos who proves unpopular with the more successful mothers. A rowdy, raucous experience.
Also up for multiple awards is Channel 4's Derry Girls, a sitcom set in an unlikely time and place - Northern Ireland during the most intense period of the troubles. The daring series follows Erin Quinn, played by Saoirse-Monica Jackson (another Best Comedy Performance (Female) nominee), a girl with a dark sense of humour that often comes at odds with her conservative and fraught environment. The uncompromising humour of the series with regards to a situation that doesn't seem to have much to laugh at has earned the series a Best Scripted Comedy nomination.
Derry Girls has tough competition in both of these categories, however; Fleabag, written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, now world famous and writing the next James Bond film, has also been nominated for both Best Scripted Comedy and Best Comedy Performance (Female). The series barely needs introduction, but if you've been living under a rock, Waller-Bridge...in fact, we won't tell you. You just have to see it for yourself.
Rounding off the Best Scripted Comedy nominations is Stath Lets Flats,a family sitcom about an inept letting agent trying his hardest to work with his father, who makes him look positively competent by comparison. The nominations for Best Comedy Performance (Male) are going to Ncuti Gatwa for his endearing performance as Eric in Netflix's brutally honest coming of age comedy Sex Education, Youssef Kerkour for his role in the social satire Home as Sami, a Syrian immigrant discovered hiding in the boot of a middle-class family after a holiday in France, and Alex Murphy & Chris Walley for their trouble-making double act in the dark yet heartfelt Irish teen comedy The Young Offenders.
Whew! With a line-up like this, it'll be difficult to choose the best of the lot - and this is just the awards for comedy! Good luck to everyone; we'll be watching with attentive eyes, for sure.
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