It’s been over a year since I posted a blog. That’s the thing with life, things get away from you sometimes!
2018 was a year that kept me on my toes. Things that were supposed to happen didn’t, and other things popped up out of the blue! At the age of 47 you’d think that I would know that’s how life works. I guess I’m a bit slow on the uptake. It’s clear to me now that, for all our plans, the universe has other ideas, and it’s best just to role with it.
For most of 2018 I was being called in and out on a project that, for now, has to stay under wraps. It was a huge learning curve for me in many respects, but that’s all I can say for the moment. The other turning point was being signed up by Shining Voices. I’ve always wanted to do more voice work, and after a few years of hard slog and networking, Shining were good enough to take me on. So far I’ve worked on some video game projects that include Warhammer: Curse Of The Vampire Coast and The Persistance, as well as Alien: Sea Of Sorrows and Unseen Academicals for Audible. I’ve also done some corporate work that included Lee Kum Kee and P2i Dunkable. So, all in all, I’m thrilled with the doors Shining have opened for me.
At the tail end of 2018 I also flew to Spain to shoot some scenes for the upcoming second season of the Channel 4 sitcom Lee And Dean. This was a fantastic little adventure. The cast and crew were warm and welcoming, and this made the process of being involved in an entirely improvised project thrilling and incredibly rewarding. Oh… and funny obviously.
My involvement with Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm continues. Indeed, we hope to start shooting the full series in 2019.
There are other projects that I’m moving on to, working on, or have yet to be released, that for the moment I can’t talk about. So stay tuned!
So here’s to 2019!
It’s been a loooong time since I posted an update. 2017 has been a year of contrasts. I’ve worked on a viral campaign for Cheetos that should be out soon, and I had the pleasure of working on a proof of concept short called Dead Air. Think of it as “Gremlins On A Plane!” I’ve also continued to move forward with my voice over career. I hope to be able to say more about that soon. For the last couple of months I’ve been waiting to hear about a future project that would be very exciting.
That got me thinking.
99% of my time is spent looking for the next job and promoting myself. Yet it’s a part of the job that rarely gets talked about.
As a self employed performer, I have to push myself to find the next job. I’m lucky, in that I have an agent, but even so you have to work hard to make connections. I’m at a point now where a majority of the work I get is because of word of mouth. I’ve done enough that my name is probably on some lists somewhere. However, I never take that for granted. Every job I apply for I assume I’m starting from scratch. That way I work harder to land it.
The more I put into finding work, the more I feel I have at least some control over the path my career takes. It’s much healthier than sitting at home and waiting for the phone to ring!
So if you want to be a puppeteer or an actor, don’t rely on others to do the work for you. Get out there and start connecting!
THE BBC IPLAYER (for the latest Furchester episodes)
Not long ago I did an interview with the lovely chaps at The Box Set Pod.
You can stream it here http://www.theboxsetpod.com/listen
During the show I talk about my love of The Muppets, and how the films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth fuelled my dream of becoming a puppeteer (with a few distractions along the way). We also get sidetracked onto the world of geekdom, box sets and I mention my love of John Carpenter movies, especially Big Trouble In Little China.
I’d never done a long form interview like this so was quite anxious about it to say the least. But the guys were great and I think it went really well. It’s episode 2 of season 2, entitled simply “Muppet”.
I hope you enjoy it!
Happy New Year one and all!
I wish you all the best for 2015!
May you all be happy and prosperous.