On Tuesday 8th November, our new pals from last month’s blog – the Books on the Underground fairies – were busy sharing copies of Tips for Actors by Fergus Craig on the London tube network! Were you lucky enough to find a copy? Let us know on Twitter.
In the most important theatrical book of this or any other decade, moderate twitter sensation @tips4actors (unrestrained by a 140-character limit) gives you all the advice you need to take your acting to the next level.
Topics include upstaging your fellow actors, what to wear on the first day of rehearsals (leather jacket and cowboy boots if you’re male and over 40), and pretending to be an animal.
Individual gems include:
- ‘Learning to act is like learning to ride a bike. The likelihood of anyone ever paying you to do it is very low.’
- ‘Never read the script. Would your character read the script? No, of course not. For them the script doesn’t exist.’
- ‘Posh? Auditioning for a working class role? DON’T take your butler into the casting with you. Tell them to wait outside’
This is an essential tool for any actor. Why? Because nobody else is brave enough to tell the truth like Fergus Craig.
Fergus Craig is an actor who’s been a regular on a number of TV series on BBC and Channel 4, and has written for Channel 4’s Cardinal Burns (Best Sketch Show at the British Comedy Awards) and a number of BBC Radio shows including Colin and Fergus’s Digi Radio. Most recently, Fergus has starred alongside David Hasslehodd in the Emmy-nominated Hoff the Record.
You can get Tips for Actors from OberonBooks.com