In Georgie and Pierce’s first interview with character actor Bill Blackwood, they hope to provide you with a plethora of insights into the acting world and how to secure your place in it. Based in The North of England, Bill is a proud Yorkshireman who was born and bred in God’s Own Country. You will have seen or heard him in a wide variety of television, film and radio projects including BBC’s Silent Witness and Doctors. You may even have caught him on stage! He has bases in Leeds, West Yorkshire, Manchester, London, Birmingham and Los Angeles. He is a graduate of BBC Class Act, a member of Profile Performers and a proud Equity member.
Bill, Georgie and Pierce talk about Bill’s current work, his beginning in acting, training, low budget independent film work, the nature of casting and auditions, learning your lines and the ongoing changes in inclusivity in the acting world.
‘Inside this wonderful building that was built in the 1930’s, Channel 4 and Scottish Television built the entire three storeys of a prison wing. So what is absolutely realistic on TV is actually a film set.’ - Bill
‘You started acting earlier in life before you joined the police force when you were 22 I think I saw. Isn’t it interesting how it always seems to come back to acting.’ – Pierce
‘Independent film work is real acting. If you look at the BAFTA nominations for film this year you will find a number of those films have been produced independently on a low budget.’ – Bill
‘My assumption is if I’ve not heard anything, in fact I’ve forgotten about the job nine times out of ten after I’ve auditioned for it…I don’t spend time worrying about not hearing whether I’ve booked a job or not. I move on and do the next audition.’ – Bill
‘For me it starts with a character and I need to know what the character is, I need to know what the character has done, I need to have a backstory for a character, I need to know what their likes and dislikes are and, obviously, having read the full script more than once, I never read a script just once.’ – Bill
‘I was fortunate enough in 2018 to audition into a thing called Class Act, which was a BBC three day workshop program that allowed me to work one to one with a well known TV director and develop my skills as an actor.’ - Bill
ABOUT THE HOSTS
Georgie King and Pierce Connelly are a couple and business partners with experience in TV, film and theatre. Co-founders of The Acting Warehouse, an organisation dedicated to helping you achieve turning your passion for acting into a full-time career, they are here to guide you to get out there, find opportunities and land roles.
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