So, I've decided to turn my blog into a place where lovely actors, directors, casting directors and much much more can write about...well whatever they want! A place for people to showcase themselves or give advice to other.
So, first up we have the lovely Luke Kidd.
I asked Luke if he would kindly answer some questions about acting for me, and he happily obliged!
What made you want a career as an actor?
I think it’s more of a lifestyle rather than a career. I see a career as a job that I would do everyday in a workplace for a certain salary. The thing is with being an actor is that no two days are the same and work is not always so consistent, unless you’re at the top of the food chain. Even then, some big actors are still out of work. So these periods in between absence of gigs should be used to develop your skill set.
What has been your greatest accomplishment as an actor?
I have a few to date. I was most recently on Mary Queen Of Scots, which was such a good learning experience. A small part, but I was on set long enough to see how the whole process of how a Hollywood film was made and also how the more well known actors conduct themselves. I was also Coca-Cola kid back when I was 11, which was pretty cool.
Tell me about what you're working on now?
At the moment, myself. I’m not currently assigned to any gigs but sometimes that can be a good thing. It gives you time to do other lifestyle things.
Who is your favourite actor, and why?
It’s a tough one. I’d have to pick two. I’d go for Anthony Hopkins and Bradley Cooper. Anthony Hopkins talent is just so incredible,. He could be doing absolutely nothing and still be impressive. It’s his ability to be still. Bradley Cooper on the other hand, has really grown on me. I’d usually go for actors like DiCaprio and Pacino or Denzel. They’re still my favourite actors, but Bradley Cooper has really impressed me with his ability to show true deep emotions and I think he breaks that whole male alpha barrier which shows men can be gentle and show emotions.
Of all the roles you have played in the past, which is your favourite?
It’s a good question. I don’t really have a favourite part. It’s all a wonderful experience.
When you suffer a setback, or you don’t receive the part you want, how does that emotionally affect you and what do you do to get over it?
Rejection hurts. No one can disagree. Over time we learn to deal with it better. You can see it as the casting director doesn’t like you, or you can see it as someone else was more fit for the role. It’s just part of the game.
How do you prepare yourself for an audition?
I don’t. Well I do in terms of learning the script and doing a little bit of background research but in terms of audition day, I usually have a mediation and get in tune with myself. It’s my job to turn up my most comfortable self. Anything less is an insult to the person who invited me.
How do you keep your spirits up when you haven’t had an audition in a while?
Again, meditate, workout, spend time with my son, try to smile and not take it all serious and most importantly daily exercises that I learned from drama school.
How do you source your auditions? What routes do you take/how do you network?
I’m old fashioned. I still haven’t got used to this whole social media promotion and finding my own work. Most of my work is through my agent or friends. Although the industry is changing now, so I’m learning a few things.
What websites would you recommend for other actors to use? What have you found to be helpful?
I would recommend people to just get in touch more with their spiritual being and who they are. Work on their body and voice and most importantly confidence. A big part of being in this industry is by being identified as being unique. Embrace that. Which means spending some alone time figuring out who you are. Also, it is advised to watch films regular as you can see what the types of people are being cast. The industries is currently opening their doors to all types of people, which is fantastic!
What honest advice would you give to other actors?
Be yourself. It’s a journey, not a sprint. I’m going to be brutally honest, this industry is hard, brutal and full of rejection. I have always held the belief that another ’No’ is a step closer to a ‘Yes’. You become more resilient I guess.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Always carry you’re light around with you. It forces others to shine as well.
See some of Luke's work below: