ultimate survival guide for performer
We asked a
selection of our best-loved celebs the same 3
questions. Here's what they replied...
What did you do to generate income between acting
work before your career took off?
Su Pollard: I was fortunate in that I was a speed
typist so therefore worked as a temp. Also I made
sandwiches in a pub and worked at Godfrey Davis
car hire cleaning the cars - a sort of valet
service. I also cleaned houses - very difficult -
no labour-saving devices. In short, I CHOSE to
pay my rent so that meant doing any REASONABLE
job I could find.
At what point in your career did you get your
'break' and how did this come about?
Su Pollard: I was appearing in a Cameron
Mackintosh production of Godspell and one night
an agent came to see it. He was representing
Jesus and had come to support his client.
Afterwards the agent introduced himself, asked if
I would consider representation and left his
card. I was so elated. He was absolutely
instrumental in getting me the part of Peggy
Ollerenshaw in 'Hi-Ee-Hi', so really, I consider
my first 'break' was getting represented by a
well-respected agent who believed in me and my
What do you feel would be the best piece of
advice you could give to someone starting out in
Su Pollard: Believe in yourself. NOT
COCKY. Just confident enough. Never expect, just
HOPE, i.e.as in being given a part. BE ON TIME!!!
Punctuality is essential. It is a statement of
intent, i.e. you are committed to the job and are
respecting what is required of you. Respect your
director and choreographer. Do not make the
mistake of thinking they have to prove themselves
to you. Remember, their experience elevates them.
Respect them and they will respect you. You may
even find yourself in more of their productions
simply because of the 'P' word, PROFESSIONALISM.