I met Rebecca when I was relatively new to headshots. She booked in and we had a good old natter about the industry, then I had a fight with a goose! Rebecca is such a happy, lovely individual I wanted to share her acting insight!
What made you want a career as an actor?
I have no idea, I just always remember acting – I even put on a play at first school, directed it, choreographed it, ha ha, I was only 8.
It is in me, in my blood, I will never lose that passion to act.
What has been your greatest accomplishment as an actor?
Being chosen from 100s of actresses to appear in the Cadbury advert, ‘Mum's birthday'.
Tell me about what you're working on.
We've got one day left to finish Mystic Highway - I'm a superhero, it's so cool.
I'm researching for my own project – a TV series based on a very famous time in history (i LOVE history). I have an amazing writer who has begun to write it and a fantastic producer who has produced some incredible projects for film and TV.
I have a few auditions for films coming up.
My Cadbury advert has just been bought for another year, so that's being shown on TV and at cinemas again.
A lot of my other short films are doing the rounds at festivals.
I like having a lot going on.
Who is your favourite actor, and why?
Actress - Olivia Coleman. She just ‘is' the character that she plays, she becomes that person. I remember her, in an interview being asked ‘How do you cry so well in Broadchurch?’ and she replied ‘i just think of sad things and I cry', it's that easy for her, she rocks!
Actor – Tim Roth - I've just seen him in Tin Star and i was completely blown away. I've watched him in so many different roles, he's like a chameleon.
Of all the roles you have played in the past, which is your favourite?
I think it has to be Bridget in ‘Fibro and the new me’ by Ross Heath. I connected with the character on so many levels and working with Dale Hooley again as my husband was amazing, we make a fab team and we just click on screen.
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?
I'm not gonna lie to you, i fall apart - I've been at this game for a long time and it still hurts when you get rejected. Luckily, i have an incredible support network -family, friends, fellow actors – they always help me through the hard times.
How do you prepare yourself for an audition?
I'm not really sure, ha ha. I go down to London a lot for auditions, i usually just try and relax, chat to other actors in the waiting room to calm me down, go into the audition room and just be me, until i need to deliver my lines.
How do you keep your spirits up when you haven’t had an audition in a while?
I just focus upon my own projects, keep believing that it will get made.
I keep doing my 1:1 tuition, my other job is being a teacher. if my mind is busy then I'm not focusing upon negative thoughts.
How do you source your auditions? What routes do you take/how do you network?
My agent gets me the big parts but I get a lot of jobs from facebook – I like chatting to people and that's how you get to hear about these roles and great auditions.
I have got a lot of work from starnow – I rate it but i know a lot of people don't. It's worth the payment to subscribe.
Use that hashtag on facebook, twitter, instagram - #castingcall.
What websites would you recommend for other actors to use? What have you found to be helpful?
I have genuinely got a lot of jobs from Starnow – i know people don't like it but it's helped me along in my career. I have never got anything from Mandy but that's not to say that others don't.
Facebook and twitter are the one's to use – keep on typing in that hashtag #castingcall.
What honest advice would you give to other actors?
Don't let other actors bring you down or put you off. I've had a few send me messages about the fact that I do a lot of commercial work and I just think, at least I'm working and doing what I love.
Keep dreaming, don't ever stop.
Never stop being nervous before an audition, once you do, the passion has gone.
The cadbury advert - https://youtu.be/vrizTPQ9_sY
My new showreel - https://youtu.be/MXV05yMMC2k