The Guardian and the Observer has a two-part guide to performing. Tomorrow’s Observer has Singing. Today’s Guardian has Acting.
A fascinating and very well-written survival guide to the acting profession comes from Michael Simkins, brother of top-of-the-top-drawer alto saxophone player and among the most organized and persuasive jazz educators in Britain, Brighton-based Geoff Simkins (above). And some of the skills described are not a million miles from what the jazz musician needs…
A few snippets from the article:
Woody Allen wrote: “Showbusiness is not so much dog eats dog, as dog doesn’t return other dog’s phone calls.”
“The best rule of thumb I know about how I’m dealing with unemployment is how early each day I switch on the television. If I find myself watching re-runs of Cash in the Attic at 10am, I know it’s time I took hold of myself. “
“Any job that allows you time to accept last-minute auditions is worth its wait in gold.”
Worth it’s wait in gold (sic) = the next London gig by Geoff Simkins. LondonJazz will be looking out for it!