Actors Interviews

Chris Dudley: You only get out, what you put in!

Chris is from Leeds, West Yorkshire, some of his hobbies include camping, driving, football, golf and making model aircraft. He’s also an actor and we asked him about his start and the future!

ActorsLIFE:  Tell us about your career. When did it start? How did you discover your talent?
Chris:  My journey began back in May 2016. I saw on advertisement on a social media site.

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ActorsLIFE:  How is your career unfolding?
Chris:  It’s going great, I couldn’t be prouder of myself, but, without the support network at Northern Star Acting, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am now. In just 10 months I have 8 credits, 2 of which are on IMDb, and I recently finished filming my first lead role on the 11th April 17. I have worked with some fantastic cast and crew and some notable names in the industry including Laurence R Harvey and the wonderful Lynn Lowry. Working alongside these fabulous people has allowed me to develop and hone my skills. As an actor, although we mainly use our own personal experiences and feelings to bring out the character, we also learn from interaction and watching other people. I am really looking forward to what the future has in store.
ActorsLIFE:  What do you enjoy the most about acting?
Chris:  There are lots of aspects I love about acting, the first read of the script, developing and building the character, but the best feeling for me is when your really in tune with yourself whilst your in character and you can feel, deep down that that scene was awesome. You don’t need to see it, you just know the audience will connect with it. That moment is the best feeling and what inspires and drives me to be better tomorrow than I was today.
ActorsLIFE:  What were some of your favorite experiences as an actor?


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Chris:  Oh there’s a few. Walking on stage for the first time in The King and I at Cleckheaton Town Hall in front of a live audience was terrifying yet amazing at the same time. It was an incredible experience. Another of my favourite experiences was on set of Stanley. A short film I was in by Moving Eye Productions, the cast and crew were so relaxed and everyone chipped in, cutting grass, moving equipment and even washing a car. It didn’t feel like work, it felt like a group of friends and some filming in between all the laughs. Fantastic 3 days on set with those guys. Then most recently, on location for the short film Those that remain, my first lead role. The location near Doncaster was superb, the explorer in me just wanted to go and investigate everything, caves, bridges, vast woodland it was inspiring and really helped me get into the characters mind set.
ActorsLIFE:  What are some of your personal and/or professional goals for the future?
Chris:  I’m aiming for Hollywood. That’s the main goal. Although, before I head out there I would love to portray Mr. Bond. I don’t really like big city living, so as much as I want to work in Hollywood, I’m aiming to own a Ranch, a personal retreat away from the hustle and bustle and bright lights of the city.
ActorsLIFE:  What has been your personal key to success?
Chris:  I wouldn’t be where I am now without the fantastic teachers at Northern Star Acting and the wonderful Eirian Cohen (owner). As well as the rest of the tribe, who are so supportive and fun to be around. They all have the same objectives and outlook. It’s an awesome place to learn and practice your craft. Hard work, passion, dedication and positivity is key. This industry is relentless and will crush your spirit if you let it. I’ve had a lot of rejections, you take it for what it is and move on. If you dwell on it, your only going to hold yourself back. I work hard and when I get rejected, I analyse what I did, what could have been better and I use this as inspiration for when I’m applying for the next role. Keep pushing forward. I have a mantra that I stick to, regardless of what situation or role I’m in “You only get out, what you put in!”. So give it everything you’ve got and a little bit more.

ActorsLIFE:  Who are the actors you most admire?
Chris:  How long have you got. Jason Statham, Jim Carrey, Johnny Depp, Liam Neeson, Adam Sandler, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Williams, Tom Cruise, Helen Mirren, the list goes on. There all incredible actors that each have a unique quirk that engages you, regardless of the character they are portraying.
ActorsLIFE:  What are the best ways to get a job?
Chris:  Erm, apply for them. There’s no “best” way to get a job. You can make it easier for yourself though. Websites such as Casting Call Pro, Starnow, etc all advertise jobs. Join acting groups on social media, quite often you will find casting calls on there. But, don’t be tempted to apply for anything and everything, stay true to who you are, your casting type and more importantly your values.
ActorsLIFE:  What do you think are the main challenges facing actors today?
Chris:  There’s a lot of competition out there for roles. So many actors, not enough roles. Social media has a massive part to play too, be smart with your social media, you never know who maybe watching, a casting director, producer. Be smart with your posts. smart with your social media, you never know who maybe watching.. Click To Tweet
ActorsLIFE:  What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to become an actor?
Chris:  There’s a lot of competition out there, more and more actors are coming through the ranks, so you have to be prepared to work harder. I don’t mean, oh they’re doing 8 hours a day, so I’ll do 10. Work smarter, do your homework, find out how many actors are in your category, looks, age, height, skill set, etc. Have you got an up to date CV, Headshots, showreel. An electrician or plumber has a toolkit. These are your actors toolkit essentials. Without these a casting director wouldn’t even acknowledge your application.
ActorsLIFE:  How is the job market now in the industry? How do you think it will be in five years?
Chris:  It’s a minefield. There are lots of opportunities out there, short films, student films, commercials, feature films. All kinds of jobs, some are not legitimate though, so do your research before you apply or you could find yourself being messed around when you could have been focusing on other projects. Protect yourself by doing your homework.
ActorsLIFE:  Do you need an agent? How do you get one?
Chris:  Agents are very good, if you get a good one. Again, it’s all about research, find agencies that have good, positive reviews. Find out who they represent and how many people they have on their books, if they have a lot, will they be giving you adequate time when looking at roles or as a newcomer will you be bottom of the pile. Research what types of actor they have on the books, are they similar to you, age, looks, skill set. If they are, you’re already in direct competition for roles. Find an agent where you are unique, where you stand out from the crowd.

ActorsLIFE:  Are there any upcoming projects and/or events that you would like to mention?
Chris:  I am a nominee for Actor of the Year at this years Northern Star Acting awards ceremony on the 29th April 2017.  A short film I was in 2 Miles Under premieres on the 13th May 2017.  Short student film that wrapped on the 11th April 2017 has entered post production and should be available by 6th May 2017. Exciting few weeks ahead.
ActorsLIFE:  Tell us something that nobody else might not know about you!?
Chris:  When I was 16 I was elected by school peers to be the Leeds South and Central Ward’s Member of Youth Parliament. A position I held for 2 years.

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Anthony trained as an Actor at one of the North's most prestigious theatre training Universities Bretton Hall. Having a successful career Performing, Producing and Directing Theatre, Musical Theatre and Theatre In Education, he went on to follow another passion as a Headshot Photographer however his heart truly remains on stage.

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