Hannah. Tell us ABOUT yourself.
I'm an actress originally from the Berkshire area who has been working in the industry for over 10 years. In my career I've been lucky enough to play a variety of lead and supporting roles in film, television and theatre, both in the UK and USA.
My training began when I was 14. After attending stage school I majored in drama at University. I then went on to major in Screen Acting as a post graduate before moving out to the US to gain new experience in the industry.
For me as an actor, placing yourself in the situation of another is unlike anything else. I love the journey; drawing on moments in a way you can relate to, exploring relationships, understanding motivations and experiencing the emotions. I really enjoy bouncing off the other actors and watching these details develop in different directions.
I have always been drawn to roles and characters that offer hidden depths. I love the challenge of a complex character that allows me to show versatility, different levels and motivations. I have a love for historical pieces and projects that push me and allow me to use skills I wouldn't often get to use otherwise - skills like accents, green screen work and weapons combat.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Hannah. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I'd say my heritage is what is unique about me. Being British, French, Irish (and generations ago apparently a little Asian!) I have a classic English rose skin tone but with very dark, sharp features and hair. This means I am able to play different nationalities and range from softer to more severe looks.
Hannah, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as an actress?
My passion in life is enjoying what I do and always working towards being the best i can be at what i do. I love to work with inspiring, passionate people and on projects that create a world for an audience to get lost in. My main aspiration in life is to look back in 50 years and say I did what i love and took risks to get there. For a career I strive to work on Broadway and successfully within the film industry playing a range of fantastic roles. No dream is too big and it's my aim to one day play the Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons and secure a role on the American Horror Story TV Series.
Starting out - Most people don't believe me when I say this, but I was an extremely shy child and typically made a beeline away from the spotlight! It wasn't until I was around 12 years old that I got involved in my first play out of chance as most kids do, in school. I found myself being inspired by the storyline and the characters in a way that was different from reading a book. It sounds so cliché but through a character I found a voice. Soon after that I decided to take drama in school to learn more. I quickly fell in love with acting and later attended a local drama school where I found another type of voice and trained as a singer as well as an actor. I went to university and majored in drama before being given the chance to train professionally in screen acting.
Who is your inspiration in life Hannah? How do you keep inspired?
Professionally, one my inspirations is actor Christoph Waltz. He is one of my absolute favourite actors. His level of depth and versatility is outstanding; his career as an actor and director, his filmography and awards inspire me to push myself to learn and achieve more.
Personally, my inspiration is my family - my sister and mother have taught me from a young age to believe in yourself and graft for what you want in life. They are the ones who give me inspiration and strength to achieve things I never thought I could, acting or other.
I stay inspired by reading, particularly scripts and biographies of others, seeing plays and films, travelling and focusing on my goals and aspirations.
We all make mistakes Hannah, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being an actress, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Luckily I've not yet found myself directly in a professional situation I wish I could take back but I believe that no matter what situation I find myself in there is always an opportunity to learn and to grow. I try to develop myself personally and professionally by learning from others around me. You never stop learning, either from actively training, projects you work on or collaborating with others and if I can learn from others to help be the best version of myself each day then that's an important that I take that opportunity.
Hannah ,when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As an actress, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
Working as an actress you are looking to do the best job for a number of clients on the project. These clients are the director, the producers, the investors right through to your peers. For me there are 3 key things I need to always work towards to ensure these clients’ needs are met on any project.
1) Ensuring I've thoroughly prepared for this role - from the script analysis, to the character building, to the rehearsals.
2) Working together with the other actors as a part of a team to build towards one clear vision.
3) Trying to deliver the best performance I possibly can each time - building on my last performance and learning from my mistakes.
Please tell us Hannah, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as an actress?
A big thing for me is time. Time to prepare, time to develop and time to deliver a performance I can be proud of. I had an opportunity to work on a film and a web series around the same time and found that the projects overlapped quite a lot. I wanted to be a part of both projects but had I taken both, i wouldn't have had enough time to prepare the characters, to make rehearsals with the other actors and so couldn't commit to giving my all or being the team player they required. I made the decision to focus on one project so I could meet these top priorities to the best of my ability.
Hannah, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I had signed with a new agent and we'd been working together for around a month. I had seen a lead role on Spotlight for a Hispanic character that I wasn't ab obvious fit for, but really wanted to go for. My agent wasn't convinced i fit the profile, and rightly so as I'd not had the opportunity to do a Spanish accent on camera or play a character of this type before. To help show them I could bring this character to life I decided to record a small self-tape monologue in character style, with a Spanish accent and as a result my agent put me forward for a casting and sent my recording off to support my application.
Hannah please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as aan actress. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
One of my proudest moments was being nominated for the 'Best Actress in the South East Region' Award by the National Operatic and Dramatic Society (NODA) in 2016.
I am passionate about history and I was able to play 'May' in a touring production of Peter Whelan's Accrington Pal's to mark the 100th year anniversary of WW1. Playing this defensive and outwardly strong woman who was trying so desperately to supress her inner turmoil was one of my favourite and challenging roles to date. To be nominated for an award was one of my most proud moments.
Hannah, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
It's always so great to be given creative licence to try something new or roll with something as and when it happens. I worked on a film where rehearsals used a lot of improvisation techniques to build characters and relationships so when it came to filming the director was very open to and encouraged using improvisation. For me this was exciting and scary because you don't want to go so far away from the script that you lose the essence of what the scene is but having the opportunity to be creative is fantastic. Improvisation took the scene in a direction where we ended up adding a twist to the characters' relationship that worked really well for the film.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as an actress?
1) Be present. The first port of call is to be in the right places to be seen. Make sure you have your Spotlight, CCP and/or similar profiles up and polished. Networking is also a great way to promote yourself and connect with incredible people.
2) Pay attention. Don't rush job applications but instead do your research, read the casting carefully and re-read your application. It's easy to use a standard application message but make your cover letters unique and relevant.
3) Stand out from the crowd. Go that extra mile to research the production company or casting director. Keep your skills up to date and tell people what you have done. It's not bragging it’s your hard work, celebrate it.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I'm looking for casting opportunities for film, television and theatre with production companies and casting directors and collaboration with fashion brands for modelling opportunities.
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