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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 'stars', it can often feel like you're the only one working 3 jobs to pay your bills and changing in a fast food joint's public toilet for a casting on your lunch break when, in reality, you're part of the majority! It comes as a surprise to most that only 2% of actors earn their main source of income from acting work. This podcast represents, and gives a voice to, the other 98% by sharing anecdotes and advice, shining a light on things that need changing in the industry, chatting to brilliant industry professional guests and laughing, lamenting and talking brutally honestly about the REAL #actorslife.
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The 98‪%‬ Alexa Morden and Katie Elin-Salt

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 190 Ratings

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 'stars', it can often feel like you're the only one working 3 jobs to pay your bills and changing in a fast food joint's public toilet for a casting on your lunch break when, in reality, you're part of the majority! It comes as a surprise to most that only 2% of actors earn their main source of income from acting work. This podcast represents, and gives a voice to, the other 98% by sharing anecdotes and advice, shining a light on things that need changing in the industry, chatting to brilliant industry professional guests and laughing, lamenting and talking brutally 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!

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    M2E3 - Actors Helping Actors; a chinwag

    M2E3 - Actors Helping Actors; a chinwag

    In this episode Katie and Alexa have a catch up and fill you in on what's been happening behind the scenes. Hear about how things have been going for Katie in the writer's chair and why Alexa is feeling like she's stuck in a rut with classic frustrations for the 98% of actors. Grab a drink and pretend you're joining us at the pub for a classic #actorslife chat. It's shit, but we're all bloody brilliant!
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    New to The 98%? There’s 3 whole series for you to catch up on! Get ready for a no hold back, brutally honest look at being an actor like you've never heard before. With funny anecdotes, tips and advice and amazing insight from a range of industry professionals, from award winning casting directors and producers to fellow actors in The 98%.
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    Want to connect with other actors around the world, be coached, see castings, read in for self tapes or earn money reading for others? You can do all this and more at https://www.weaudition.com with 25% off your monthly subscription with the discount code 9825!
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    If you benefit from listening to the podcast and want to give a little back in a monetary sense to help with the upkeep of the technical side of podcasting, you can become a patron at https://www.patreon.com/the98percentpod
    Every penny goes towards helping us be less out of pocket in keeping the podcast going - and there are perks and extras to be had in exchange!
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    Follow us on twitter! @the98percentpod
    Check out our website and read our blog at www.the98percentpod.com 
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    You can find Alexa and Katie on twitter@alexamorden @KatieElinSalt
    Or instagram @alexa_morden @katieelinsalt

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    M2E2 - Actors Helping Actors; WeAudition

    M2E2 - Actors Helping Actors; WeAudition

    WeAudition have been trailblazers in the world of helping actors and making opportunity more accessible for years now, and have been supporters of the podcast for a long time. In this episode you can hear an abundance of positive stories, inspirational ideas and aspirational hope from co-founder Darren Darnborough as well as finding out how this platform came to be and why it's worth joining! Heralded by casting directors and actors alike, WeAudition has a range of opportunities from connecting with and auditioning for top industry professionals, to earning a wage from reading for, advising and working with other actors all from the comfort of your own home! Visit https://www.weaudition.com/ now to join using our discount code 9825 and follow @the98percentpod and @WeAudition on twitter to find a giveaway organised for the release of this episode! As Darren says “The best talent isn’t necessarily in LA or London” and opportunity shouldn't just be available in those places either! Get ready to finish this episode with a smile on your face and a spring in your step!
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    If you benefit from listening to the podcast and want to give a little back in a monetary sense to help with the upkeep of the technical side of podcasting, you can become a patron at https://www.patreon.com/the98percentpod
    Every penny goes towards helping us be less out of pocket in keeping the podcast going - and there are perks and extras to be had in exchange!
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    Follow us on twitter! @the98percentpod
    Check out our website and read our blog at www.the98percentpod.com 
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    You can find Alexa and Katie on twitter@alexamorden @KatieElinSalt
    Or instagram @alexa_morden @katieelinsalt

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    M2E1 - Actors Helping Actors; Flairbox

    M2E1 - Actors Helping Actors; Flairbox

    In this mini series of The 98%, hear from some actors who have made it their mission to help others, specifically actors in The 98%. In this episode join Alexa, Rob and Elliot as they discuss Flairbox; a global online community of performers that allows talented individuals to perform, connect and be discovered for what matters most – their talent. Hear about how the co-founders have used their experiences and ideas about how anyone should have the opportunity to be discovered to create a place where this is possible, no matter what credits you have on your CV. Flairbox is a digital stage where you're going to want to showcase yourself! Follow @the98percentpod and @FlairBoxCO to find a generous giveaway from Flairbox in conjunction with this episode and visit https://www.flairbox.co/ to get started on your journey to being seen by top industry professionals and like minded creatives.
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    We are so excited to be part of Canada’s biggest comedy podcast network Comedy Here Often! You can help us help more actors by telling your friends about The 98% and where to find us so we can extend our reach! From two nervous actors deciding to start a podcast on a living room floor in South East London to being signed to a network, we want to help break the stigma of being a jobbing actor in as many ways and as far around the world as possible, thank you for helping us do that!
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    New to The 98%? There’s 3 whole series for you to catch up on! Get ready for a no hold back, brutally honest look at being an actor like you've never heard before. With funny anecdotes, tips and advice and amazing insight from a range of industry professionals, from award winning casting directors and producers to fellow actors in The 98%.
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    If you benefit from listening to the podcast and want to give a little back in a monetary sense to help with the upkeep of the technical side of podcasting, you can become a patron at https://www.patreon.com/the98percentpod
    Every penny goes towards helping us be less out of pocket in keeping the podcast going - and there are perks and extras to be had in exchange!
    -
    Want to connect with other actors around the world, be coached, see castings, read in for self tapes or earn money reading for others? You can do all this and more at https://www.weaudition.com with 25% off your monthly subscription with the discount code 9825!
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    Follow us on twitter! @the98percentpod
    Check out our website and read our blog at www.the98percentpod.com 
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    You can find Alexa and Katie on twitter@alexamorden @KatieElinSalt
    Or instagram @alexa_morden @katieelinsalt

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    • 59 min
    Mic, Concern, Reaction - Casting at The National

    Mic, Concern, Reaction - Casting at The National

    Mic, Concern, Reaction; where Alexa and Katie discuss current goings on in the industry, hot off the press, that specifically relate to The 98% of actors. In this episode, following on from the twitter storm in response to Rufus Norris' comments quoted in a recent article for The Stage, Alexa and Katie chat to Alastair Coomer, head of casting at The National, about the context of the artistic directors comments, the nuances of the issues raised and have honest and open look at casting for the company. Katie and Alexa ask the bold questions many actors want to hear the answer to and Alastair answers with candidness, making for an incredibly informative and open discussion that everyone from both sides of the table can benefit from.
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    Let us know what you think on twitter! @the98percentpod
    Visit our website and blog for more fun and informative stuff www.the98percentpod.com
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    If you find The 98% helpful and want to support the podcast please visit our patreon page. https://www.patreon.com/the98percentpod Every penny goes towards helping us be less out of pocket in keeping the podcast going - and there are perks and extras to be had in exchange!
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    Want to connect with other actors around the world, be coached, see castings, read in for self tapes or earn money reading for others? You can do all this and more at https://www.weaudition.com with 25% off your monthly subscription with the discount code 9825!

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    The 98% Christmas Panto Episode

    The 98% Christmas Panto Episode

    Join in some festive fun with Alexa, Katie and the return of Philip Joel (aka the King of Panto!) as they relive panto experiences (the illusion of panto may be ruined forever!), shocking celebrity encounters (Brian Blessed did WHAT now?!) and revel in all the holiday and performance delights that pantomime can bring! If you take a sip of your boozy beverage for every time a hilarious or toe curling story is shared in this episode...you won't be sober for very long!
    For more Christmas content relevant to the 98% of actors who don't earn their main income from acting work, you can listen to the Christmas crossover episode from 2018 where Katie and Alexa team up with Andrew Keates of The Show People Podcast for festive games, stories and all too relatable jobbing actor experiences at Christmas. You can also listen on your podcast provider to previously released "Twas The Night Before Christmas"!
    Follow Phil on twitter @PhilipJoel and instagram @PhilipJoel87
    To hear more from Phil you can listen to S3E12 of The 98% where you can hear all about his viral videos, his thoughts about mental health in the industry, and more!
    Want to check out what Phil has been working on? Watch Snow White at the Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford or Cinderella at the Millfield Theatre in Edmonton, London! Both shows run until Friday December 31st and tickets are limited so get booking! (And don't forget to wear yer mask!)
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    New to The 98%? There’s 3 whole series for you to catch up on! Get ready for a no hold back, brutally honest look at being an actor like you've never heard before. With funny anecdotes, tips and advice and amazing insight from a range of industry professionals, from award winning casting directors and producers to fellow actors in The 98%.
    -
    If you benefit from listening to the podcast and want to give a little back in a monetary sense to help with the upkeep of the technical side of podcasting, you can become a patron at https://www.patreon.com/the98percentpod
    Every penny goes towards helping us be less out of pocket in keeping the podcast going - and there are perks and extras to be had in exchange! Including early release, ad free episodes and bonus content.
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    Want to connect with other actors around the world, be coached, see castings, read in for self tapes or earn money reading for others? You can do all this and more at https://www.weaudition.com with 25% off your monthly subscription with the discount code 9825!
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    Follow us on twitter! @the98percentpod
    Check out our website and read our blog at www.the98percentpod.com
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    You can find Alexa and Katie on twitter @alexamorden @KatieElinSalt
    Or instagram @alexa_morden @katieelinsalt

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    M1E4 - We're back!

    M1E4 - We're back!

    It’s time for another round of Mic, Concern, Reaction where Katie and Alexa give their hot takes on current goings on in the industry. This episode was recorded in August so if it seems heavy on the hot takes and light on the ‘current’…that’s why! The podcasting break was longer than anticipated because of sorting things with the network! (“The network”…check us out!!) 
    *Trigger Warning* - please be aware that in this episode Alexa and Katie discuss transphobia, with a brief mention of the violence trans people experience in the world today. If you are sensitive to this subject you can skip from 2:50 mins to 23:30 mins into the episode.
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    We are so excited to be part of Canada’s biggest comedy podcast network Comedy Here Often! You can help us help more actors by telling your friends about The 98% and where to find us so we can extend our reach! From two nervous actors deciding to start a podcast on a living room floor in South East London to being signed to a network, we want to help break the stigma of being a jobbing actor in as many ways and as far around the world as possible, thank you for helping us do that! We'll be back soon with our next miniseries on the theme of actors helping actors.
    -
    New to The 98%? There’s 3 whole series for you to catch up on! Get ready for a no hold back, brutally honest look at being an actor like you've never heard before. With funny anecdotes, tips and advice and amazing insight from a range of industry professionals, from award winning casting directors and producers to fellow actors in The 98%.
    -
    If you benefit from listening to the podcast and want to give a little back in a monetary sense to help with the upkeep of the technical side of podcasting, you can become a patron at https://www.patreon.com/the98percentpod
    Every penny goes towards helping us be less out of pocket in keeping the podcast going - and there are perks and extras to be had in exchange!
    -
    Want to connect with other actors around the world, be coached, see castings, read in for self tapes or earn money reading for others? You can do all this and more at https://www.weaudition.com with 25% off your monthly subscription with the discount code 9825!
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    Follow us on twitter! @the98percentpod
    Check out our website and read our blog at www.the98percentpod.com 
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    You can find Alexa and Katie on twitter@alexamorden @KatieElinSalt
    Or instagram @alexa_morden @katieelinsalt


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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
190 Ratings

190 Ratings

kikkiweek70 ,

The best resource for Actors

I’ve been an avid listener since the beginning and Alexa & Katie never fail to make me feel so much better about navigating this industry as a fellow 98 percenter! They are so insightful and empathetic whilst simultaneously causing me to snort with laughter on my daily commute.

Dmah24 ,

Bloody Brilliant

Incredible insight into the 98% of the acting industry people don’t see. Katie and Alexa are a joy to listen to and if you are an actor you MUST listen to this podcast (and also if you’re not, because you learn super valuable things like why you should never ask an actor “have you been in anything I would’ve seen?”)

Tommy X ,

Perfect ‘Resting’ Job Listening

I’m currently working an indefinite ‘resting’ job as a delivery driver after losing acting work due to Covid. Challenging as it may be, it has left me in a position to crack through many a podcast on the road. After an inordinate amount of true crime, I recalled hearing about the 98% and decided to give it a go. Long story short - it’s F***ing Great!

Thank you both for reminding me that so many of us are in the same boat - that we all feel the same insecurities and suffer the same setbacks. As negative as those aspects of our industry are it’s so uplifting and so joyful to know that so so many of us are there for one another to help pull each other through the sh**. I hope I’ll get to work with you both down the line at some point but for now there’s too many people that need their 55inch TV’s delivered. Much love.

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