Getting back on the blogging horse

Long time no blog – but I’m back and going to attempt to write again about trying to get work in the performance industry.

Lately there hasn’t been much in the way of work headed my way, so I’ve been focussing on getting a better voicereel and making new contacts.

I’m currently waiting on a new voicereel to be sent to me having auditioned for a voiceover studio. Voiceover work is great fun and nice and easy to do. As soon as I get my new voicereel, I’ll stick it up for you guys (and prospective employers) to hear my voice.

The main body of experience that I’ve had with voiceovers have been at college and for small production companies such as Silly Wee Films, although I did do a voiceover for an advert with STV. With its purpose built booth for voiceovers… it was the poshest studio I’ve been in. So posh was this studio and well designed – that they built the advert in front of my eyes on the computer screens.

Usually for voiceovers I warm up in the car – living out in the country, I usually have to travel, so warm ups and a little singing usually gets me ready for voiceovers.

My father in law should really make an effort and get a voicereel. He has a wonderfully bassy Scottish voice and with his added ‘Dollar Academy’ accent (usually referred to with my English sis-in-law as Posh Jock) he can charm the socks of listening punters. In fact, he does a rather good Sean Connery impression and has recorded one for small production company Gonzo Filmz Ltd.

Hopefully in the next few weeks, I’m going to get my showreel sorted… or at least on the way to be sorted. I’m really going to be pushing myself to get better and get jobs.

A couple weeks ago I popped down to London with my hubby Kai to see Wicked at the Apollo Victoria. Wow. What an incredible performance. Loved the show, as did Kai and will be totally learning the score. Just for fun.

Catch you soon,

Eileen xx

Add comment February 23, 2010 eileenyoung

Just a quickie update

I’ve finished doing a voiceover for a corporate(ish) video for a new local school, showing the pupils around and allowing those with special needs the ability to see the school before having to get into the new routine of going there. We’re also doing another video for the school about the extra curricular past year.

At Night is Day, we’ve just found a new Amy, so we’ll be filming her first part on Sunday.

Update on moi and my big ol’ journey to getting acting work, I’m in the process of signing up with agent Kay Gannon on her full acting books. I’m chuffed to bits and want to work hard in perfecting my audition technique and have some audition material on standby. It’s taken about 9 months to get from starting at the agency to getting onto Kay’s acting books, but by no means does this mean I’ve cracked it… I need to work harder than ever learning all I can about monologues, plays, cinema, makeup, dance and acting. I’m looking forward to the challange.

I worked hard at the casting masterclass I took in November with Nancy Bishop and learned a lot. I’d really like to take meisner or method lessons. Perhaps if I get a couple jobs.

OK, so till next time… toodles!

1 comment January 12, 2009 eileenyoung

The First Post – An Introduction of Sorts

Hey guys,

Like I say in the title, here’s my introduction.


I’m a 25 year old actress in Scotland with an ambition of gaining better roles and earning enough to live from acting. I want to get better at my chosen career and plan on gaining as much experience as I can.  I thought I’d share these experiences with you… the good, the bad and the desperately in need of makeup.

So far, it’s not really been a walk in the park, from the first background agency I joined when I was still in college that offered me one audition in the entire year (for a streaking role as opposed to a speaking role) to auditions, bullying within acting classes to trying to find those elusive jobs that no-one who doesn’t have a good agent doesn’t get.

I want to be able to show on these blogs how I get on with not only the art of acting, but the ups and downs of being an actor.

At the moment, I’ve just achieved my equity card. Hopefully it’ll help my credibility – plus the added bonus of insurance, support and listing that I’m a member on their site.

I’m still doing my fair share of background work through All Talent UK, although I’m on their books as a featured artist. But what can I say – money for it isn’t bad.

I have a feature film next year, whether it is funded or not, although the script that I’ve read so far and synopsis is sounding fab. Just can’t wait to hear if we get the funding now.

I’m excited about what holds for me and my collegues next year… Congratulations to my friend Kym Huynh who’s now rehearsing for the film Dark and Secret Places. I’m really excited for him and I can’t wait to read his blogs about his experiences on set… Keep an eye out for him. 😉

On the Night is Day front – we only have about 4 days left filming for the second series. It’s been a wild journey with the low budget Scottish sci fi series, but we’ve managed to keep excitement up about the end of filming and the viewing of the first two episodes (or at least that’s the plan) at the wrap party. We will have a premiere of the whole 7 episodes when they are edited and ready to go. My character Sakura this series has been getting into quite a few tussles this series, and I’ve been able to help with some of the fight co-ordination using my judo and wrestling experience. With the help of Crawford Young, licenced judoka (and general good sport), I’ve managed to make Sakura look like she can throw people effortlessly… even though they are clearly larger and better built than 5ft 1 me, although when you do see it on screen… yes, I’m really throwing these people. The looks of crew and extras on the day when I got to perform the stunt (about 20 times) had people pleasantly stunned… which felt good, although throwing people in heeled shoes… not a good idea. I believe Sakura may have a couple different outfits next series.

Little me throwing Crawford in heels

Little me throwing Crawford in heels

I have had the honour of being able to watch the amazing fight co-ordination of Carter Ferguson which has helped me so much when co-ordinating the few fight sequences I’ve had to construct.

So that’s the roundup for the moment. I hope everyone’s had a fantastic holiday season and has a peaceful new year.

Add comment December 29, 2008 eileenyoung






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