In this episode actor Andy Turner comes on The 98% to talk about living outside of London. What started as a chat about the pros and cons of living elsewhere whilst pursuing a career in a Londoncentric industry also moved into an inspiring account of Andy’s journey with his mental health. Andy's openness and honesty are sure to bring comfort to others as well as his excellent words of wisdom about packing up your dreams and moving OUT of the big smoke!
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The term "intimacy co-ordinator" is probably new to most people and yet their job should have been a staple in this industry LONG before now. In this episode Alexa and Katie are joined by the amazing Lizzy Talbot who saw a gap in the industry that sorely needed to be filled. She went on to set up one of the first companies in the UK advocating for safe intimacy for stage and screen and...you'll just have to listen to the episode to hear why what she does is so fabulous! This is a REALLY...
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Katie and Alexa are joined by the warm, welcoming and wonderful Annelie Powell CDG for the first casting director chat of Series 3. Annelie shares her journey into casting, what she has learned and what actors should be aiming for when auditioning...among lots of other brilliant stuff! You can find Annelie on twitter @AnneliePowell and instagram @PowellCasting
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Alexa is joined by Maya Grant this episode to talk about being a British actor in Vancouver. Alexa has been asked a lot over the last year by listeners about why she's in Canada and how she finds it...so here are all the answers! The why's, the how's and the marked differences between the industry in "Hollywood North" and London/the U.K.
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Alexa and Katie are back for SERIES 3!! Wow! From apprehensive actors questioning the first ever episode to launching a 3rd series...thank you for your ongoing support of The 98%. There are some brilliant guests lined up for this series and thanks to Zoom Katie and Alexa are still able to chat to them together despite being 4,000 miles apart from each other with Alexa in Vancouver and Katie in London. With that being said the audio quality isn't the best but hopefully you are here for the...
Our lives feel like the plot of a Black Mirror episode and everything's gone t**s up. Thanks to zoom, Alexa and Katie were able to record an episode to hopefully cheer you all up and bring some solidarity - despite them now being 4000 miles away from each other!
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[Although we've never been high tech/fancy production podcasters (we're 98% actors guys we can't afford that!!) quality is a bit different here because we...
Series 2 of The 98% comes to a close with Katie and Alexa going back to basics; a chinwag, sharing of listener write-ins and general #actorslife realness.
It is all thanks to you listeners that The 98% was back for a second series. We work 4 jobs between us as well as pursuing acting, writing and filmmaking but the time we spend on the podcast is made so worthwhile by your tweets/emails/spreading of the word. We cannot emphasise how much we appreciate every interaction and new download we...
The astoundingly lovely Casting Director Kharmel Cochrane is the final industry professional joining Alexa and Katie for Series 2 of The 98% and she's helping the series go out with a bang! Kharmel casts projects all across the board and gives her wonderfully honest take on this industry. Listen now to hear why she doesn’t watch showreels, why she champions actors coming in for commercial castings and what she thinks about the rise of self tapes, and lots more!
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"Proactive, for me, isn’t necessarily contacting people, it’s working on yourself."
One episode down of the 2 part agent special yet still so much to talk about! This time Alexa and Katie speak to Ikki El-Amriti who is a senior agent at Identity Agency Group all about the day to day of agent work, what to do to increase your chances in this industry, diversity and lots more!
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In a 2 part agent special Alexa and Katie chat to two insightful people about all things agents. The guest in part 1 is James Davies...after being an agent for 9 years James very recently left the profession for a new adventure which means he can talk openly and honestly about #agentlife which Alexa and Katie take full advantage of!
Listen now to find out more about first making contact with agents, the highs and lows of being an...
Emma Lundy works as a TV and Commercial Casting Assistant as well as being an actor. She talks to Katie and Alexa about what it's like being on both sides of the audition process, how you can get started in casting assisting and what the expectation vs reality is.
If you haven't listened to Series 1 yet there's a lot more specific commercial casting chat and advice in Episode 12 where Michael from Hammond Cox Casting came and completely demystified the commercial casting process. Go check...
This is a call to arms! Alexa and Katie fervently believe more needs to be done with the regulation of casting calls on websites that are mainly used by self submitting actors. Actors desperate for work + loosely regulated casting calls = a breeding ground for exploitative behaviour, sexist language and at the least an extremely tiresome submitting experience for actors and the worst...potentially dangerous situations.
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Series 2 of The 98% is already into double digit episodes! How fast has that gone! Back to basics this episode, Alexa and Katie sit and have a chat, a check in, a laugh and share some more thoughts and anecdotes on this little thing we called #actorslife. So get your headphones, "slather your tata's" and tune in!
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From the self titled "Aachan Baachan show" in the deep African bush to the mean streets of London, Mike Rogers joins Alexa and Katie for the latest green room episode. The 98% and The Show People Podcast dedicated their special Christmas crossover episode to the dancing Hamley's Elves who went viral over the Christmas period and now Alexa and Katie have tracked chief Elf, Mike, to have him on The 98% to talk about what it's like going viral, how it landed him an agent and the culture shock he...
This weeks guest, Tom Ramsay, and Alexa and Katie have a new word; 'Sexualinity'. Sexuality and Masculinity. Two things that shouldn't have an affect on someone's journey as a performer but this industry has other ideas. In this important episode Tom inspiringly opens up about how his struggles with his sexuality didn't just end after coming out to friends and family and how the old fashioned expectations of masculinity can lead to a decline in mental health and a feeling of misplacement in...
To follow on from our episode last week on why #YesOrNo matters we chat to Emma Manton, an actor and volunteer for Equity who has been in negotiations with some big wigs alongside Equity staff members fighting for actors to be heard and they've just had a HUGE success!!
Not only was it amazing to hear what is being done behind the scenes to move towards mutual respect for actors by giving them a yes or no this is an awesome little episode to hear about why our union is so important and why...
"It’s like shooting a lame dog. Just put me out of my misery."
There's not much more to say here that isn't in the episode apart from that Alexa and Katie want to say on behalf of them, and all actors, that they so so appreciate the casting directors who do give a yes or no after auditions. Those who have been doing it all along, those who have started since the hashtag took twitter by storm and those doing all they can to facilitate giving one when they can.
But it is not yet universally...
Alexa was so pleased to be asked to speak on a panel for a live podcast recording with Industry Minds in association with Bumble celebrating International Women's Day and opening up the conversation about mental health in the creative arts.
These are Alexa's moments from the event, talking about what is within actors control to help make the day to day actor grind that tiny bit easier. You can listen to the full episode by finding the Industry Minds podcast and downloading the episode from...
Our second green room episode is with the amazingly articulate and insightful Robyn Holdaway. Robyn talks to us all about 98% life as a non-binary actor in this eye opening and interesting chat about things most people may have never pondered!
“In its original form ‘queer’ means different or odd and I like that. I don’t fit into the box people want to put me in to and that’s a wonderful thing and it gives me a lot. So when you ask what non-binary means, it’s only what it means to me.”
Something lots of performers do when the phone's not ringing is make their own work. While this isn't something Alexa and Katie feel actors should feel pressured to achieve, it can be an avenue that provides a type of fulfilment and control that the normal life of an actor doesn't.
Isabelle Schuler (actor) and Martha Reed (writer) joined forces to create projects that Isabelle says has "helped her immeasurably." Now an actor/writer/producer and writer/director Isabelle and Martha share...
Introducing...The Green Room! Episodes of Series 2 of The 98% where Alexa and Katie chat to members of The 98% about their real life #actorslife journey and something that is unique to them. The first green room guest is Elliot James Langridge who talks about how he got started in the industry, why his story could have been very different and how he hasn't let dyslexia hold him back.
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SELF TAPES!! Love them or hate them this is an episode everyone in the 98% should pay close attention to as self tapes grow more and more popular. The wonderfully helpful Manuel Puro, casting director and self tape enthusiast, breaks down the do's and dont's or self tapes, why he champions them and what you can do to give yourself the edge!
Alexa and Katie are working with Manuel to give listeners of The 98% podcast an amazing deal to take part in one of Manuel's self tape challenges and...
This week Alexa and Katie speak to the inspiring Alexandra Laurence about her experiences surrounding body image, how being an actor can affect it and her journey to self acceptance and positivity.
"The perfect body does not exist. It exists when you sort your head out."
If you are struggling with issues covered in this episode, please reach out. There are people ready to help and you deserve to be at peace with the thing that gives you so much - your body! Visit Beat...