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My Friend the Casting Director

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 11:06 am

I am very lucky in terms of contacts. The friend in question is someone I have known since I was about 10 years old, and like me, is about to go into her third year. I am staying with her and her twin sister for the weekend, and I have learnt SO much about that side of the industry since then. Plus she says she is happy for me to email her begging for advice. Also, hopefully she will remember if she is casting for disabled roles. It is very exciting, and I want more than ever to just graduate already and start putting the first of my many plans into practice.

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Plan C

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 10:30 am

(Or possibly the second part of plan B, depending on how plan B turns out)

Move home. Join an Extras agency. Use the Arts Council Website, to find acting related jobs in my area. Hope my parents will let me live at home rent free, so can afford to take acting jobs that don’t pay, but might get seen by the right people. Hopefully get a fair amount of extras work so can start saving, although what I’m saving for, I’m not quite sure yet. Use my inheritance money to take a course in British Sign Language(if I’m going to get into the disabled side of theatre, would be a useful asset) Hopefully get an agent and some paid local acting work. Get a fairly long running acting job, in order to move out. In this particular plan, I hope to only be living at home for a further year.

Plan B

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm

In the month and a half after I graduate, where I still I have a house where I’m studying, I will do open spot nights in many comedy clubs in London, as the commute is shorter and cheaper than my “home home”. I will also use the facilities of my drama school that are still useable by graduates up to a year after they leave to create what will be an award-winning show at Edinburgh Fringel. I will fund this with left-over student loan, and £500 inheritance money. After winning all those awards, we shall be offered a contract with BBC3 and win a Bafta for our amazing comedy.

Now, I’m aware much of this seems very unrealistic, especially as a second choice. It is Plan B, because I prefer acting to stand-up, and at least some parts of this plan(open spot nights, and taking a show to Edinburgh Fringe) would be doable. However, if there isn’t much success I will have no money and no plans once August is over neccessating a Plan C.

Mini-Rant

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:40 pm

This is completley unrelated to anything I have written about previously. It is a reaction to an article in The Observer New Review.

There was an article about “confessional” women writers. The women are representing the next step on from Candace Bushnell and Sex and The City.  I was happily reading said article, when I come across one “confessionista” who says “Has anyone noticed that Jane Austen just changed the names of the characters in Emma to come up with Sense and Sensibility”

NO. I have not noticed that.BECAUSE IT IS NOT TRUE. Emma is the only Austen protaganist for whom marrying money is not an issue. She will inherit her fathers estate. She is rich, and therefore can afford, and does, live in a fantasy world, to the negative impact on many of her friends. She eventually falls in love with Mr Knightly, a friend of her fathers, but it takes until the end of the book for her to realise she loves him. Up to that point, the book is a witty farce and a commentary on social mobility in the Regency Era.

Sense and Sensibility is a story of a family tossed out on their ear, because a son is more entitled to his father’s inheritance than his wife and daughters(son being born of a previous marriage) The son’s wife manipulates him so that the wife and daughters are left with very little and move to a cottage by the sea.(The fact that for an Austen character, only having a few servants means poverty, is neither here nor there) The older sister, Elinor, is in love with her brother’s wife’s brother(not as incestuous as it sounds) and has her heart quietly broken, but later healed. She represents the sense. The younger sister falls for the dastardly Willoughby, who ditches her for someone richer, and has a dramaticly broken heart, later fixed by the steady Colonel Brandon who has loved her from afar throughout. The story shows that you need a mixture of sense and sensibility to get through life, plus plenty of commentry on the importance of money in Regency society.

So. Both of these books comment on society in the Regency Era. And they carry Austen’s witty and insightful writing style. The characters are nothing alike. A comparison between Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice I could understand, although that would demonstrate limited understanding of the books. But Emma and Sense and Sensibility have the same characters? All I can gather from that opinion is that she can’t have read the books.