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Meet, greet and tweet: reporting from the UK Actors Tweetup (VIDEO)

6 May

by Elli Donajgrodzki and Edward Randell

On Wednesday we made our way to the UK Actors Tweetup to hear – and livetweet – a panel discussion on the Cannes Film Festival. Producer Christine Hartland, director Paul Hills and Variety’s Alberto Lopez tackled burning issues including whether Cannes is the Bournemouth of France, what shoes to wear and the most effective schmoozing techniques. The general consensus among the panel was that Cannes was less useful for actors than for producers and directors, but that it could still throw up unexpected opportunities: or as Hills put it, “The beauty of Cannes is the chance meeting”.

We spoke to Hills, as well as UK Actors Tweetup founder Angela Peters and actress Moyo Akandé, about sharing tips with other thespian tweeps, and the benefits of mixing work with pleasure.

Summer acting courses in Madrid, New York and Paris (VIDEO)

4 May

Who wants to escape the Olympics while getting some acting experience?

Who fancies an acting course in Madrid, Paris or New York? Look no further than this video…

Pictures of Paris and Madrid by Anirudh Koul, Moyan_Brenn and Greenwich Photography via a Creative Commons license.

Actors – It’s time to learn the art of persistence (VIDEO)

4 May

By Edward Randell and Elli Donajgrodzki

As you will know from our last post and live tweets, we went along to the UK Actors Tweetup on Wednesday evening (more to come from that soon!).

Whilst there we got chatting to Ajay Nayyar, an actor, producer and talent agent and owner of Khando Entertainment.

Ajay learnt to act in Hollywood after moving there in 2008, and has appeared in TV shows 24 and NCIS.  He came back to London in 2011 for medical treatment after suffering from a martial arts injury.

Having worked in Hollywood and London, he was happy to share his thoughts on how the the two industries differ, and had some interesting thoughts on how actors should approach casting agents – according to him, persistence is key.

Watch our interview with him here:

(This video contains strong language)

Do you agree with Ajay? Is it important to be persistent? Let us know below.