Above is an affiliate link to Carol dweck's book on Amazon.co.uk.
"Always be yourself, unless you can be a pirate, then be a pirate."
We talked branding, storytelling, creative self-disruption, Hollywood, casting and actors as a luxury item!
As ever, immensely grateful to Sharon Bott for her contribution in making this series possible. If you've enjoyed this show, please have a look at her website - there's loads of good stuff to absorb ...
Yes ... but what does it all mean? And is it helpful to know?
The book mentioned and the quote above is from 'The Upward Spiral' by Alex Korb. Amazon.co.uk link is below:
Oh, if only ...
I wish, at the age of 61, that I did have some magic formula to pass on to you that gave you the power to determine the trajectory of your career, and to be able to divine your next best move from the plethora of actions available to you. Sometimes indeed, the scant feedback from most of the actions we do take can stun us into inaction.
A few weeks ago I shared a story on Actor Notes called ‘Full Circle at Wyndham’s’. It was a story about synchronicity, fate, cause and effect, choice and destiny. And it happened to me. Or rather, it involved me - a passenger on a strange thing called life.
I’ve got another story like that that I’d like to tell you. However, I’m telling it here not just because it’s a good story, but because it helps make a point about how - particularly as actors - we should be in life.
Standing with Stones
The story I tell happened during the making of my film 'Standing with Stones. You can find out more about that at http://standingwithstones.net
In the meantime, here's the relevant section of the film including Callanish:
Oh, and if you've never seen 'Glengarry, Glen Ross' find the film wherever you can. Magnificent perfomances from Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey et al.
Here's Baldwin with the famous speech:
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: