An Actors Blog . . .

Friday, 29 January 2010

JB Photo Shoot (Oh Natur-el)

So as some of you already know. I am currently modelling for Blakemore Photography. They are producing a series of photographs over a series of weeks. After the last shoot we had a little mess around in the studio. We were taking natural shots, no posing needed, just be yourself. As some of you (also) know, those natural photographs, I have been using in my portfolio gallery on my website.
Well I have managed to get my hands on another of those shots. I thought I would post it up for you all to see. So below is another shot from the shot with JB
Blakemore Photography website coming soon!

It's really nice to have a batch of natural shots around. They come in handy for all different occasions.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

I Am The Back Stage Blogger For Stacked Actors!

Wow! How very exciting. A little while back, (when I was first embarking on this blogging journey) I got speaking to Stacked Actors. I simply found their Blog online, checked it out and really liked what I saw. So, upon liking I began to gain a bit of a friendship with them. After recieving some advice and do's and dont's off of them I was asked if I would be their Back Stage Blogger. Naturally, I couldn't refuse. :-) A few pupils from the Theatre compiled a list of questions for me to answer about my proffession. So I got them all answered and VOILA there I am. 28th January and I am their post. Super Duper!

Below is a copy of the Interview I had with Stacked Actors

Meet Jessica Harper, an actor from the West Midlands and our first Backstage candidate for 2010! Jessica is only 19 and has already worked with actors such as Julie Walters, Tim Healey, Warren Clarke, Linda Bellingham and Colyn Buchanan.

What made you want to get into your profession?
When I was younger I attended an awful lot of Theatre and Dance clubs. At first it just started off as a hobby, but … as time went on (and it didn’t take very long) I realised that I had a real passion for it. Even as a little-un I knew that the way I felt when I was on stage wasn’t just a feeling you got from an evening filler. Nope, it felt different, I felt different. Being on stage was like the greatest feeling I had ever felt, I never wanted to be off it. When one show ended I was straight back in doing another. I knew that I didn’t want this feeling to end and I didn’t want to end up getting old, having to work in an office and end up having to wave goodbye to that feeling. So that’s what made me want to get into the profession. I would have grown up unhappy if I hadn’t gone into this profession. I owe a lot to all those companies I attended as a kid. They were the start of it all for me

What did you do after school? Train, study...?
After school I went on to gain a triple distinction award in my Btech National Diploma Of performing Arts. I decided not to go to university, I didn’t feel it necessary for myself. I want to give my career the best crack I can on my own. I am very lucky though because I went through training with the ITV Television Workshop for 9 years this was during my school and college years. So I had already been training to a professional standard many years before Drama College was an option. So I suppose due to my training there, university really wasn’t a must for me.

What age did you start training?
I started my training with The ITV Television Workshop when I was 10 and I trained with them right up until the ripe age of 18 which is the cut off point, but I keep in contact with them and have had some brilliant experiences with them.

Did you specialise in your current area of work or are your skills more broad?
Well when I trained with The ITV Television Workshop we worked and developed mainly our acting ability. So we didn’t really focus on musicals or anything along those lines. We did incorporate music and dance into pieces don’t get me wrong but we didn’t produce any huge Broadway Musical Spectacular. We focused mainly on drama and acting, which is where I believe my strengths lie. But I did study performing arts at college so I do hold skills in other areas of performance such as dance, singing, physical theatre, TIE etc. So yes I would say my skills are pretty broad but I wouldn’t say I am amazing in all of those skills. No, some better than others.

Do you recommend to specialise?
Yes I do. I like to put it this way if I said to people that I am brilliant at the following: Acting and singing and they were what I specialise in. That would be a lie because although I can sing, I’m really no Mariah Carey. So rather than saying you specialise in everything and wasting your own and other time. Why not be honest? And say this is what I do and I do it good! This way you are giving someone a defenate. If you are good at all aspects of performance then go for it! Just be true to yourself and others.

How did you find an agent?
Truth be told, right now I am on the search for a new agent. So I have CV’s flying around the post system and internet everywhere. For me The ITV Television Workshop acted as an agent up until the age of 18. After that it is up to you to find an adult agent. I am running a little late on finding a new agent as I went travelling for a number of months around South East Asia you see. Oh the things we do ;-)

What makes you come across well in an audition?
Most importantly when answering this question, I must stress BE YOURSELF! You can only be you and if they don’t like that then fine, because you can’t always get what you go for. You have to be prepared for people to say no and for people not to like you. Excuse the bullet points but when auditioning:

  •  Be prepared: Know your lines, Know the name of who you are meeting, Know the direction,
  •  Be on time: Know where your audition is, Know train time (If needed), Know bus times (If needed) Best thing is arrive a little early.
  • Be polite: Shake hands, Introduce yourself, Involve yourself in conversation
  •  Go for it!: Don’t be nervous, Don’t give a half hearted performance, Do the best you can, Give everything you have got.
  •  Don’t be afraid of rejection: It happens to everyone. You cant be picked for everything, that would just be silly. Just because you get a no does not mean you aren’t a great actor, you just might not be right for that particular part.

Are you ever out of work?
Yes I am. I hate to say it but I am out of acting work. But I understna that acting work isn’t going to come to me. I have got to go and get it, and grab it with both hands. So I’m not afraid to the rubbish work in order to get the great. So although I am out of acting work, I do have an office job and I am constantly sending out emails to companies all over the country for work. I do a lot of work in schools, TIE pieces and I run a lot of workshops. You just have to accept that it takes time but you cant just sit around waiting for it to happen. You have to make it happen!

So that’s me in a nutshell. I hope I have helped anyone who is looking to embark on a journey in this industry. It really is a wonderful job and I truly love what I do. I’m glad to be of help to anyone who needs it. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Just hop on over to my blog and I’ll provide you with a helping hand. Good luck everyone!

A big thank you On my behalf goes out to Stacked Actors. They do have a wonderful blog and it is well worth a mooch through. I have linked all Stacked Actors titles for you to click on or you can go to my links and click on them there. Failing that, have no fear. Click below.


Wednesday, 27 January 2010

My Portfolio Gallery

So I was thinking of the best way to display the photographs taken by Blakemore Photography when I was modelling. They are to good to waste and pop into a folder at the back of the cupboard. Also There will be quite a few of them and let's face it, they aren't headshots really are they. Sooo I came up with a plan ... A portfolio section has been created on my website. This is where these photographs will be able to be seen. Super!
They have been put into a photo gallery, very easily accesible and are great good fun photographs. At present I only have 2 or 3 up due to that's all I have in hand! As the shoot is still happening you see. As soon as the shoot is complete I should have my hands on a fair few photographs! Brilliant!

Just to remind you all, here is my webpage link:

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

My Blog Added On Casting Call Pro
Stick to the casting call theme and let's go green!

I recently found a little button that allowed me to network this here blog! Brilliant! Now offiicially my blog is registered and networked on Casting Call Pro. Let's get some traffic down here!

Click on the above and have a little look through my credits.

Monday, 25 January 2010

10,000 ft Sky Dive For Break Through Breast Cancer!

Yes, I completely understand that this particular event is not one of performance or acting but I feel  that it should be recognised as I am very excited plus its for a wonderful cause! (and I am proud that I am doing it!) So It's true. I will be jumping from a plane 10,000ft up on the 20th February 2010. I am counting down the days. I am just hoping that I reach my donation target! I must be mad! But on a serious note I really am looking forward to being involved in the helping and raising of money for this particular charity.

If you wish to sponsor and support me please let me know. It would be wonderful if you did. I would really appreciate it!

Hopefully when the jump is complete I will be able to post some photographs and reveal my total amount of raising! :-)

Many Thanks

Here is the  facebook group dedicated to my dive:

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Helping To Understand T.I.E
2 Days working with Urban Voice LTD

Pool Hayes Senior School in Willenhall have pupils taking a Btech National Diploma in Performing arts. For one of their modules, the pupils have to create a T.I.E company. (A Theatre In Education Company) They must tour their specific piece to at least 2 schools but must do more than so many performances to different audiences. So Pool Hays asked Urban Voice to run a day workshop with the pupils helping them understand T.I.E and what their company needs. I went along to run the workshop with them and assist as an actor. We put together an extensive pack for each pupil and held a day long workshop with them. We will return twice before their dead line to see how their T.I.E companies and pieces are getting on and to offer an help and guidence if needed.

 I wish them all the best with their pieces and look forward to seeing the final outcome.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

I Found Myself On Wikipedia
Apparently in need of some editing. Anybody?

I happned to stumble across this yesterday whilst surfing the internet. I have apparently now been added to the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia! Great stuff. Well I suppose I ought to say thank you to the person that created the page. Thank You. Shame your an anonimous character!

My page on Wikipedia consists of:

- Jessica E Harper
- A Little Bit About Jessica
- Jessica's Roles

- Jessica's Website
- Links

Well there you have it. Jessica Harper on wikipedia. Below is a link to my wikipedia page. Apparently editing needs to be done to it. I am very un-educated where Wikipedia is concernes so if anyone knows how to edit it and get it looking tip top, please let me know.