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    Compadres and senoritas - let me ask you all...what do you all do to keep your acting brain occupied when not performing, auditioning or temping?

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    .. I send lots of e-mails

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    Sit in front of the PC with the CCP website open continually hitting the Refresh button just in case a job is posted....

    It's a quiet time of year so a perfect opportunity to take stock of your career and how you're going to approach 2006. Look at your marketing material. Do you need new headshots? Could your showreel do with an overhaul? Maybe it's time to invest in a website.

    Make the most of the quiet time to be productive. You're a business. If you were running a manufacturing business that was quiet at the moment, what would you do to increase sales? Run a promotion? Get new brochures printed? Give your sales people an incentive? Work all of those back to your acting business and apply the ones that matter.

    Or just sit in front of the PC hitting the F5 button ;o)

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    ..or go out buying polo necks

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  • Helena Martin


    Corrr!!! Never realised F5 refreshed the page. Poo, now I have to refresh the page even more as it takes less time to find the button.

    I'm bored!

    Spent three days looking at 72 pictures of myself trying to find the best ones for my new headshot (look out for them - I'll be needing all of your comments!)

    But generally doing exactly what Mike said - staying chirpy and trying to promote myself throughout the quiet period. I work full time as well, so I'm going a bit insane listening to Chico ten times a day - nooooooooo!

    I also do random courses every now and again...bit of a thrill seeker! Try Mounted Combat, Western Skills, High Falling Stunt weekends etc Not necessarily acting related, but great fun and leaves you with a few "interesting" skills.

    (I quite often reply to postings and then delete them before sending cos I'm waffling...should have done that with this one!)

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    And to add a comment from a boring accountant. You could use this time to ensure that you've got all your receipts etc updated (I use Excel for mine)as the tax year is about to come to an end. It means that you can do your tax return on line in April and get loads of dosh back (assuming you've not been earning too much money!) and if you have to pay tax, just hold onto it as long as possible, but you'll be ready to pay it in without missing the deadline, and paying a penalty fee. Also means if you keep this up to date, you're more likely not to have binned the receipts you need and therefore not lose out on tax due to you. And it means you know exactly how much you need to pay in so it doesn't catch you out next January!

    Oh, yeah, and keep up with the refresh button!

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  • Rebecca Probyn


    Snap mike sit at work with CCP open and wacking F5......... no that I'm bunking off at work!! ........ that I I buy lots of scarves :p

    I also try to read as many books and plays as possible .

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  • Thomas Matthews


    Like Helena I do as many complimentary workshops etc as I can that interest me. So lots of stage combat and a great martial arts called sanjuro. Together they keep me fit; one is a personal challenge and fantastic hobby whilst the other is directly related to the industry, so, whilst i may not be always be working, i'm always around like-minded people who are very supportive. It has also led to other opportunities such as choreographing for stage and film which is great fun and introduces me to more people within the industry but from another angle, which i think is healthy. Anything that keeps your brain ticking, your body working and builds on your confidence is always a plus.

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    Bored out of my mind the other day and then recieved some joke emails of a friend which made me laugh and helped fill some time. Attached them both below.... Hope you all enjoy.

    An oldie but a goodie.

    >>>Who is Jack Schitt?

    >>>Many people are at a loss for response when someone says, "you don't

    >>>know Jack Schitt." Perhaps the following information will help you


    >>>that regard..

    >>>Jack is actually the only son of Awe Schitt and O. Schitt.

    >>>Awe Schitt the fertilizer magnate, married O. Schmitt, the owner of

    >>>Knee Deep Schitt, Inc.

    >>>In turn, Jack Schitt married Noe Schitt and the deeply religious


    >>>produced six children. There is Holie Schitt, the twins Deep Schitt


    >>>Dip Schitt, Fulla Schitt, Giva Schitt and Bull Schitt, a high school


    >>>After being married for 15 years Jack and Noe Schitt divorced. Noe

    >>>later married Mr. Sherlock and because her kids were living with her

    >>>she wanted to keep her previous name and was now called Noe Schitt

    >>>Sherlock. Meanwhile Dip Schitt married Loada Schitt, and

    >>>they produced

    >>>a cowardly son named Chicken Schitt.


    >>>Fulla Schitt and Giva Schitt were inseparable throughout their

    >>>childhood and consequently married the Happens brothers in a joint

    >>>ceremony and soon after started to have children.

    >>>The Schitt Happens children are named Dawg, Byrd and Horse.


    >>>Bull Schitt, the prodigal son, left home to tour the world and


    >>>returned with his new bride, Pisa Schitt.

    >>>Now when someone says that you don't know Jack Schitt, you can look


    >>>or her straight in the eye and set them straight.

    Eve's side of the story:

    >After three weeks in the Garden of Eden, God came to visit Eve.

    >"So, how is everything going?" inquired God.

    >"It is all so beautiful, God," she replied. "The sunrises and sunsets


    >breathtaking, the smells, the sights, everything is wonderful, but I


    >just one problem. It's these breasts

    >you have given me. The middle one pushes the other two out and I am

    >constantly knocking them with my arms, catching them on branches and

    >snagging them on bushes. They're a real pain," reported Eve.

    >And Eve went on to tell God that since many other parts of her body

    came in

    >pairs, such as her limbs, eyes, ears, etc., she felt that having only


    >breasts might leave her body more "symmetrically balanced."

    >That's a fair point," replied God, "But it was my first shot at this,


    >know. I gave the animals six breasts, so I figured that you needed



    >of those, but I see that you are right. I will fix it up right away."


    >God reached down, removed the middle breast and tossed it into the


    >Three weeks passed and God once again visited Eve in the Garden of


    >"Well, Eve, how is my favorite creation?" "Just fantastic," she


    >"But for one oversight. You see, all the animals are paired off. The



    >a ram and the cow has her bull. All the animals have a mate except me.


    >feel so alone."

    >God thought for a moment and said, "You know, Eve, you are right. How


    >I have overlooked this? You do need a mate and I will immediately

    create a

    >man from a part of you. Now let's see............where did I put that

    >useless boob?"

    >>Now doesn't THAT make more sense than that stuff about the rib?

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  • Iona MacInnes


    Hey, ro fil in the gaps I go to the arches for my lunch, and tea in the event that Andy Arnold will one day turn to me and ask of my assisstance, thats what I do! And my friend is in 'Inferno' which is on at the moment so I have an excuse!! Plod up and down Byres road lost in my own head and if all else fails its the pub. lots of my pals are actors, some in the same nick as me, others in good jobs, but we keep each other going talking about what we could have, but we dont have..., I do read though, keeping my sight reading tiptop, just incase Mr Hubbard calls for me!! Visit my agent all the time asking whats going on, usually nothing but it passes the time when im waiting for a bus on Hope Street. We are all in it together, thats whats so great about this site, its somewhere to let it all out!!!!! Iona.

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    Oh man I miss the Arches!! A great pint of Hoegarden even if it is about 4.50!! If you want to fill some time there I know that a few shows for the festival are looking for SMs and other such assistants. Low/No Pay stuf but hey I got acting jobs out if it. Connect connect connect!!!

    I read a lot. I read myself in circles. Usefull and brain junk stuff.

    I follow up every call/letter/e-mail I've sent in the last two months. I phone old buddies (ring you soon!!!)

    I ask someone if they'll take me to assist/shadow/learn/help with a show or gig their doing. Free entrance, livens the spirit and I normally learn something. Like today......people who play the trumpet are super cool and the big band jazz thing is AWESOME. And I'm going to bribe them to let me sing a number with them. Muah ha ha ha!


    Having a good day!!!???!!!

    Oh and finally.....going to see random art stuff like the Free Derry thing I'm going to tonight. Its kewl. Well....probably freezing! Sorry again.

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    Ceejay - a pint of Hoegarden at 4.50 pm? You are my kind of girl! Filling the gaps for me in summer will (hopefully) involve long summer afternoons in a lovely beer garden not worrying at all about money cause April - June were the best acting months ever and I made a packet.....

    and I've just awoken from my lovely dream!!!

    Li x

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  • Alexander Helm


    Since finishing a play in February I have a started having private coaching sessions to develop audition pieces and practice sight-reading and improvisation. If I am not working on skill-based things I am re-appraising promotional material and researching avenues of employment.

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  • Iona MacInnes


    Ceejay, I know what you mean, get your foot in the door one way or the other!! Do I detect from your last comment that you are in warmer climates? If so lucky you and I hope its with work and that you are enjoying it!! Iona x

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    F5, eh Mike?

    Which button do I press to get Adobe Premiere working again?

    I've pressed lots of 'F' numbers!!

    Never mind eh?

    Waiting for the phone to ring ... why won't it ring?

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    I dream of finally touching the rainbow

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    Ah i meant really that the pint COST about that much.....but I do like to start early. After 12 is fine.......

    Unfortunately I'm not anywhere warm. Although we haven't had any snow!! I'm in Derry at the moment working out my last two months as a technician here. It is good fun. I get to play with all the lighting and sound equipment and borrow all the cameras and editing stuff. And my favourite is that I can book out the studios for myself to do mischevious things like.......sing really loudly and practice monologues. There are 22 small shows coming up before I leave so.......I guess I should get to work!!

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    What do you do Mr Tomas?

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    I dream of spending time on a beautiful beach somewhere and riding a gorgeous horse along the sand with the wind in my hair and the sun on my back....and then I wake up and realise that reality is calling!

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    well ANON i would say that reality is all very well but everyone needs a place like you describe to escape to. a place where you can relax and feel the support and love of the people that share that experience with you.

    Reality is a necessary thing but it must not be to the exclusion of happy dreams.

    somthing like that anyway.

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