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A podcast for actors, by actors; The 98% explores what life is *really* like for the majority of actors and performers who, rather than trying to find an outfit for the Oscar’s, are trying to find an outfit that makes them look as close to an 1850’s aristocrat as possible for an audition in 24 hours. In a world where we only really hear from successful and well known actors it can often feel like you're the only one working a day job and changing in a fast food restaurant public toilet for an audition on your lunch break - that is not the case! We share anecdotes, interviews, advice and laugh, lament and talk openly and honestly about the real #actorslife *Disclaimer* - Our podcast does not include disturbing content (unless you count toe curlingly embarrassing stories as disturbing) but it does have some swearing which is why episodes are marked as explicit!

A podcast for actors, by actors; The 98% explores what life is *really* like for the majority of actors and performers who, rather than trying to find an outfit for the Oscar’s, are trying to find an outfit that makes them look as close to an 1850’s aristocrat as possible for an audition in 24 hours. In a world where we only really hear from successful and well known actors it can often feel like you're the only one working a day job and changing in a fast food restaurant public toilet for an audition on your lunch break - that is not the case! We share anecdotes, interviews, advice and laugh, lament and talk openly and honestly about the real #actorslife *Disclaimer* - Our podcast does not include disturbing content (unless you count toe curlingly embarrassing stories as disturbing) but it does have some swearing which is why episodes are marked as explicit!

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

A podcast for actors, by actors; The 98% explores what life is *really* like for the majority of actors and performers who, rather than trying to find an outfit for the Oscar’s, are trying to find an outfit that makes them look as close to an 1850’s aristocrat as possible for an audition in 24 hours. In a world where we only really hear from successful and well known actors it can often feel like you're the only one working a day job and changing in a fast food restaurant public toilet for an audition on your lunch break - that is not the case! We share anecdotes, interviews, advice and laugh, lament and talk openly and honestly about the real #actorslife *Disclaimer* - Our podcast does not include disturbing content (unless you count toe curlingly embarrassing stories as disturbing) but it does have some swearing which is why episodes are marked as explicit!

Language:

English


Episodes

S3E13 - "Unemployment means family time"

10/19/2020
In this episode on being parents as actors, Alexa and Katie are joined by Joanna Horton and Luke Norris who talk about their experiences of being parents when both in the relationship are actors. Then for the second half Emma Manton returns to The 98% to give some useful information on what helped her logistically when she became a mum, advice for those who are thinking of starting a family, where to go for support and how Equity are working to make things easier for actor-parents! PiPA...

Duration:01:02:20

S3E12 - "The Tiger King of Longleat"

10/5/2020
It's the first "Green Room" episode of Series 3! And The 98% is thrilled to have Philip Joel as this episodes guest. Choreographer, performer, teacher, social media serotonin booster and now TV pilot creator! Phil talks to Katie and Alexa about making the transition from performer to choreographer, his most rewarding jobs, the importance of seeking help for mental health, some hilarious moments in his career and how his lockdown viral videos have led to VIP access of Pineapple studios'...

Duration:01:01:28

S3E11 - “You will never stop learning from people around you”

9/21/2020
Lauren Douglin and Simon Lennon join Katie and Alexa in this episode to talk about their experiences of and journeys into being an actor without going to drama school. While there have been 98% podcast guests who did not go through "conservatoire" training, this has never been a specific subject. So grab your headphones and a notebook and get ready to learn from these 2 infectiously positive and hard working people about how you, too, can find your way and hold your place as an actor without...

Duration:01:13:12

S3E10 - “As bright as the highlighter pen of a 2 percenter”

9/7/2020
In both Series 1 and 2, episode 10 was a time for Katie and Alexa to check in and get back to basics…getting all down and dirty in the business of being brutally honest about #actorslife. And Series 3 is no different!! Life, lockdown, work (or…lack of) and everything in between. We never thought we'd do a podcast series being 4000 miles away from each other and we are so thankful for your support during these tumultuous times. If you enjoy The 98% and have found it helpful please consider...

Duration:01:16:45

S3E9 - "You're caught in this Catch 22"

8/23/2020
Producers. Actors know that we have to impress them. That they're a vital part of any production, be it theatre or screen...perhaps even the most important person in the room. But what's behind the curtain? Alexa and Katie realised that in all their years of being in the performing industry, they didn't actually know exactly *what* producers do and why they make the decisions they do. But actors shall wonder no more!! This episode's guests are Francesca Moody and Craig Tuohy. Francesca works...

Duration:01:40:24

S3E8 - “The Play’s The Thing”

8/9/2020
Ever wondered what an artistic director of a theatre actually does?! Ever felt too silly to ask?! Well...you're not alone. Paul-Ryan Carberry joins the podcast this episode. He is an actor-turned-director and now Artistic Director of Iris Theatre, a theatre company producing work at the world-famous St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden with a mission to produce a fresh and vibrant repertoire of varied work resulting in affordable and accessible theatre while championing new talent from the 98!...

Duration:00:58:27

S3E7 - "It’s about adjusting an entire industry’s way of thinking"

7/26/2020
The absolute dream team of casting Sophie Holland and Faye Timby join The 98% for this reinvigorating episode to talk about the ins and outs of how casting works so that actors have a better idea about what goes on behind closed doors. They also discuss where and what they look for in actors, why they relish finding and casting new talent and are generally another lovely reminder that Casting Directors are just people who are on actors side! Follow them on twitter @SophHollandCast and...

Duration:00:58:55

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7/19/2020
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Duration:00:01:07

S3E6 - "Your job is to bake the cake"

7/13/2020
For the first time in the history of The 98% this episode is about the craft itself...acting! Andrew McIlroy is this weeks guest and he shares some amazingly useful thoughts, advice and coaching tips for TV/Film auditions and screen acting in general. As one of Vancouver's most notable and esteemed acting coaches, Andrew has vast experience in working as an actor himself as well as a wide range of coaching work, spanning decades. He is sought after by producers, casting directors and talent...

Duration:01:02:15

S3E5 - “It is a decent rug to be fair”

6/29/2020
In this episode actor Andy Turner comes on The 98% to talk about living outside of London. What started as a chat about the pros and cons of living elsewhere whilst pursuing a career in a Londoncentric industry also moved into an inspiring account of Andy’s journey with his mental health. Andy's openness and honesty are sure to bring comfort to others as well as his excellent words of wisdom about packing up your dreams and moving OUT of the big smoke! Follow Andy on twitter...

Duration:00:55:06

S3E4 - "You are allowed a personal body and a professional body"

6/15/2020
The term "intimacy co-ordinator" is probably new to most people and yet their job should have been a staple in this industry LONG before now. In this episode Alexa and Katie are joined by the amazing Lizzy Talbot who saw a gap in the industry that sorely needed to be filled. She went on to set up one of the first companies in the UK advocating for safe intimacy for stage and screen and...you'll just have to listen to the episode to hear why what she does is so fabulous! This is a REALLY...

Duration:01:07:44

The 98% - In Solidarity and Support. #BlackLivesMatter

6/5/2020
"Personal Experiences of Institutionalised Racism in UK Drama Schools" - www.the98percentpod.com/blog Black Minds Matter gofundme https://www.gofundme.com/f/black-minds-matter-uk Black Minds Matter website https://www.blackmindsmatteruk.com twitter: @the98percentpod

Duration:00:03:34

S3E3 - "We've had full on winkers we really have"

6/1/2020
Katie and Alexa are joined by the warm, welcoming and wonderful Annelie Powell CDG for the first casting director chat of Series 3. Annelie shares her journey into casting, what she has learned and what actors should be aiming for when auditioning...among lots of other brilliant stuff! You can find Annelie on twitter @AnneliePowell and instagram @PowellCasting - Follow us on twitter! @the98percentpod Check out our website and read our blog at www.the98percentpod.com Get 25% off your...

Duration:01:03:49

S3E2 - "It's all Maple"

5/18/2020
Alexa is joined by Maya Grant this episode to talk about being a British actor in Vancouver. Alexa has been asked a lot over the last year by listeners about why she's in Canada and how she finds it...so here are all the answers! The why's, the how's and the marked differences between the industry in "Hollywood North" and London/the U.K. - Find Maya on twitter at @mayagrant1 and us @the98percentpod Check out our website and read our blog, including Maya's, at...

Duration:01:05:18

S3E1 - "The Silencer 2.0"

5/4/2020
Alexa and Katie are back for SERIES 3!! Wow! From apprehensive actors questioning the first ever episode to launching a 3rd series...thank you for your ongoing support of The 98%. There are some brilliant guests lined up for this series and thanks to Zoom Katie and Alexa are still able to chat to them together despite being 4,000 miles apart from each other with Alexa in Vancouver and Katie in London. With that being said the audio quality isn't the best but hopefully you are here for the...

Duration:00:58:13

Coronapocalypse Special - “It’s like Christmas gooch but worse.”

3/26/2020
Our lives feel like the plot of a Black Mirror episode and everything's gone tits up. Thanks to zoom, Alexa and Katie were able to record an episode to hopefully cheer you all up and bring some solidarity - despite them now being 4000 miles away from each other! Follow The 98% on twitter and share your #reasontosmile @the98percentpod [Although we've never been high tech/fancy production podcasters (we're 98% actors guys we can't afford that!!) quality is a bit different here because we...

Duration:00:58:10

S2E16 - Curtain Call - "WWMSD?"

9/29/2019
Series 2 of The 98% comes to a close with Katie and Alexa going back to basics; a chinwag, sharing of listener write-ins and general #actorslife realness. It is all thanks to you listeners that The 98% was back for a second series. We work 4 jobs between us as well as pursuing acting, writing and filmmaking but the time we spend on the podcast is made so worthwhile by your tweets/emails/spreading of the word. We cannot emphasise how much we appreciate every interaction and new download we...

Duration:01:05:42

S2E15 - “It shouldn’t be a bow down system”

9/15/2019
The astoundingly lovely Casting Director Kharmel Cochrane is the final industry professional joining Alexa and Katie for Series 2 of The 98% and she's helping the series go out with a bang! Kharmel casts projects all across the board and gives her wonderfully honest take on this industry. Listen now to hear why she doesn’t watch showreels, why she champions actors coming in for commercial castings and what she thinks about the rise of self tapes, and lots more! Find out more about...

Duration:00:51:59

S2E14 - Agenting Part 2

9/1/2019
"Proactive, for me, isn’t necessarily contacting people, it’s working on yourself." One episode down of the 2 part agent special yet still so much to talk about! This time Alexa and Katie speak to Ikki El-Amriti who is a senior agent at Identity Agency Group all about the day to day of agent work, what to do to increase your chances in this industry, diversity and lots more! You can find out more about the Identity School of Acting here https://www.identityschoolofacting.com Other things...

Duration:00:57:54

S2E13 - Agenting Part 1

8/19/2019
“I know you exist. I have your headshot in front of me.” In a 2 part agent special Alexa and Katie chat to two insightful people about all things agents. The guest in part 1 is James Davies...after being an agent for 9 years James very recently left the profession for a new adventure which means he can talk openly and honestly about #agentlife which Alexa and Katie take full advantage of! Listen now to find out more about first making contact with agents, the highs and lows of being an...

Duration:01:02:48