Tune in to the new Podcast from young actor Sam Gittins (Await Further Instructions, Ray & Liz) for an in-depth conversation with a different entertainment industry insider every week.
This is a different kind of Podcast; we speak to real people carving out their own niche in this fascinating, competitive and uncompromising business. Upcoming guests include directors, producers, actors, make-up artists, casting agents and critics - all of whom will be explaining how they do what they do and how they got where they are as well as giving practical advice to those wishing to do the same.
S2E3 - James Webber, Award-Winning Director, Writer and Producer
James Webber is a director, writer and producer with more than 10 years experience making short films, music videos, promos, and commercials.
James' films have won dozens of awards including the prestigious ‘Coup de Coeur’ at Cannes, he has been nominated for multiple awards at festivals like the British Urban Film Festival and was long-listed for both a BAFTA and BIFA for 'Best Short Film'.
His commercial clients include Disney, Google and Amnesty International.
James' first feature film, Sorority, is due for release in 2021. You can watch the trailer here.
Find James on Twitter @DirectorJWebber
Find more about James at directorjwebber.com
S2E2 - Lol Hammond, Music Supervisor, Composer, Producer, Musician & DJ
Lol Hammond is a Music Supervisor & Composer at @VertigoFilms, his credits include The Football Factory, Bronson & Bullet Proof seasons 1 & 2.
Lol is also an established musician and DJ; he has been making music as part of groups and under his own name since the 1990s.
Lol's new album with Duncan Forbes is out now and available here.
You can also watch this awesome promo for the single 'Sorry Kids We Left You A Black Sun' by Lol Hammond & Duncan Forbes feat. Eva Abraham on YouTube.
Find Lol on Twitter @Lol_Vertigo.
Show notes here.
S2E1 - Eddie Webber, Actor & Writer
Eddie Webber is an actor known for roles in The Business, The Firm and Rise of the Footsoldier.
His new book Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee: From the Streets of Bermondsey to Lights, Camera, Action! is out now and available on Amazon.
This wide-ranging conversation starts with Eddie's brush with the law in early life and covers his fascinating life and career from there.
Eddie is on Insta @eddie.webber
Music for this episode was provided by Comforts, Eddie's son's band. Find links in the show notes webpage
Episode 7 - Percelle Ascott, Actor, Founder of Mandem on the Wall
“the whole plan was get into TV - we didn’t know how to, we had no blueprint…we were just using our instincts, learning as we go ”
Percelle Acott is an actor, writer, producer and businessman who has featured in films such as X + Y and shows like Youngers and the Innocents. Percy attended the BRIT school but the way he has come up in the business proves that there is more than one way to carve your own niche in the industry than by going the traditional route; In 2011 Percelle and his friends and partners Joivan Wade and Dee Kaate released the first episode of their Youtube series Mandem on the Wall. In it’s first day Mandem clocked around 30,000 views and their channel, Wall of Comedy now has 470,000 followers. The success and quality of the show led to the E4 program Youngers and, more recently, their three-part short film Shiro’s Story (which has amassed around 17 million views and grown a dedicated following) has led them to sign a major development deal with E4 .
In this episode Sam and Percelle discuss mental health, Percy’s non-traditional path through the business as well as the difficulties or being a actor starting out in their career inspiration - particularly those faced by working class actors and the challenges (and advantages) that brings.
Find Percelle here:
Find the Wall of Comedy here:
YouTube: Wall of Comedy
Episode 6 - Jake Davies, Actor in TV, Film and Theatre
Jake Davies is an actor working in TV, Film and Theatre; his back catalogue includes Black Mirror, feature film X+Y and the BBC’s The Missing. Jake has also featured in lead role’s at Royal Court. the Old Vic and on the the West End. You will see Jake as Chix Verbil in Disney's Artemis Fowl by Kenneth Brannagh, coming out in cinemas worldwide on 29th May 2020.
In addition to all this Jake also attended the BRIT School with our host Sam Gittins - tune in to hear the two of them discuss how they keep on an even keel in the frantic and sometimes difficult world of auditions, sets and stages as well as Jake’s first experiences in TV and theatre and his more recent work on Artemis Fowl with Kenneth Brannagh.
Find Jake here:
Episode 5 - Alan Jones, World-Renowned Film Critic & Horror Aficionado
Alan Jones is a world renowned film critic, broadcaster and author as well as the leading figure and co-founder of London FrightFest Film Festival. Alan has written for film magazines such as Empire, Premiere and Total Film, to name just a few and started his career at the influential magazine Cinefantatistique.
Tune in to hear about Alan’s fascinating and star studded career, from the first Stat Wars film to FrightFest - this is one you don’t want to miss.
Find Alan here: