Featured Friday: Sophie Bullock

Welcome back to Featured Friday!

I am excited to introduce 13-year old actress, Sophie Bullock.

Sophie Bullock

Sophie broke into the film industry in 2019 and ever since has been making strides in her acting career! She has already been awarded Best Child Actor and Best Young Actress Nominee at two different film festivals in 2020.

Lockdown has not slowed Sophie down either with filming a high school comedy series, Insanity, and plenty of other projects from short films to feature films. You can also listen to her interviewed by Hollywood star, Johnny Keatth on the ActorsPodcast.

See her Showreel below!

Showreel

Sophie is represented by Hashtag Talent and you can find her links below!

Spotlight: https://www.spotlight.com/7836-8979-6413

IMDB: https://pro.imdb.com/name/nm11534174

I am thrilled to highlight such an up and coming talent! Be sure to check her out if you are casting soon.

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Featured! Q&A with TV/Film Hair and Make-up artist Jenny Watson

Welcome to Featured Friday!

Today I am happy to share with you an interview I had with Jenny Watson, TV/Film hair and make-up artist. A little bit of a back story, in 2019 I was fortunate enough to get a small featured role on Peaky Blinders and is where I met the lovely Jenny who became my hair and make-up artist! It was an amazing two days and not only did she do a lovely job getting me ready to look the part, but she was so kind and really helped me out on set. So glad I had the chance to meet her and can still keep in touch today.

So, if you are interested in becoming a hair and make-up artist, or simply just interested in her career, keep reading for her exclusive interview!

(I was suppose to look like I had slept on my make-up all night after sleeping in a pub ahah)

Q&A with Jenny Watson

What inspired you to become a hair & make-up artist?

I’ve always been interested in hair and makeup but I chose to do my a levels instead, which led me to uni to do psychology and eventually a career in child care. I was room leader of a preschool for 5 years and I just thought to myself is this what I want to do forever? I always wanted to be more involved in hair and makeup so I did a few friends weddings to see how I felt and I realised what I really wanted to do and had done for a while was TV and film. I thought why not just go for it, so I left my job and researched courses for media hair and makeup and here I am. 

How long have you been a hair & make-up artist, and how did you get your start?

I started my course at The Iver Academy in 2016 and finished in July that year, so have been out in the industry for 4 years now. Iver is an incredible school, I learnt so much from them and still do. They have an agency for current students and graduates depending on the level of the job, so you can gain experience whilst on the course. My first opportunity on a major show was given to me by one of my tutors, Jane, as they are all currently working in the industry. She took me on to Harlots as work experience for the day and that turned into a paid trainee job in the crowd room for the duration of the series. My second job was also through my Iver tutors and through these jobs you make more and more contacts and get more jobs. 

What do you find your biggest challenge has been in your career?

Honestly my biggest challenge is now with Covid 19. I’ve been really lucky that I got off to such a good start straight out of Iver and although there has been quiet periods the work has always picked up. However these past 4 months have been the hardest by far with no work out there and even though some things are picking up there is not much out there at the moment. 

What is your favourite time period to recreate?

I absolutely love doing period work. I’m not sure I can pick a favourite. If I had to I would say the 20s and 30s as both hair and makeup for women was fabulous as was the hair and facial hair for the men. It was a very groomed and expressive period, I love it. I do love all the 18th century upper class hairdos as well with all the intricate up-dos. Although, I’m glad this isn’t the fashion now as I don’t think I’d have the time in the morning to do that to my hair! 

You worked on Peaky Blinders, what was your favourite thing about being on that production? And how does it feel to have worked on such a big production?

I loved everything about Peaky. It was my dream job!! I remember watching it before I trained thinking I would give anything to work on the show, and it happened! I love the whole cast, crew, the looks, watching these fantastic actors do their job but I think the best bit for me was the team! I love each and every one of them they are all super talented and amazing people and learning from Loz (Schiavo, the designer) is just a dream! She’s incredible and has taught me so much! We were set to reprise the team again but got shut down due to Corona, and I’m not sure if I can rejoin when they start up as I may be on maternity leave which is such a shame!! But having worked with the team on that show is something I will always treasure! 

How do you find jumping from one project to the next?

Jumping onto different projects can be hard but also refreshing. It’s always sad to leave a team but each new job means new experiences and new ways to be creative, whether it’s a different period or main team to crowd it’s a great chance to learn new skills and meet new people. 

What advice do you have for aspiring hair & make-up artists?

My advice for aspiring makeup artists is really research the course before you do it. Iver Academy and the tutors their are the reason I am here in my job today, so always make sure that the course is right for you while you’re on it, and once you have graduated. Also, nowadays it’s about having both hair and makeup skills, so make sure you invest time in learning both. Be prepared to work hard, realise you will never stop learning and persevere and you can get where you want to be!

And there you have it!

A big shout out to Jenny for being the first featured post on Double-J-Creative. You can find her on Instagram @jennywatson887 and follow what exciting productions she’ll be working on next. Hopefully work with you again one day(:

If you are interested in becoming featured be sure to submit!

I look forward to seeing your creative talent x

What is your ‘why’?

For what ever you aspire to be or do in your life, there is an important question you should ask yourself – why?

What is yours?

I recently watched a career’s video, and this idea of ‘why’ really stuck with me. Why be in a job you don’t enjoy? What is it adding to your life? It is so important to me that when I get a job, and one day soon I pray I do, that it means something to me. Not only because it will make me feel excited to get out of bed every morning, but so that I can put 100% into the work.

If you are in the creative industry you know that it can be very competitive and sometimes hard to get your start. This is when having a ‘why’ is crucial, because if don’t know what is driving you through this industry, I can tell you it is probably going to make it a lot harder when you get rejected over and over again. As an actress and writer, constant rejection is part of the package (especially at the beginning of your career) but I do it because I have understood my ‘why’.

My reason – WHY

Being an actress is hard. Many people will think it’s not a career or it’s all glam all the time, but no. If you read my recent post interviewing the 98% Podcast (and if you haven’t I highly recommend) the two girls highlight that only 2% actually make it to that top “A-list” spot. That’s not a very big percentage if you think about all the aspiring actors out there, and yes, I am one of them. It’s not a career you take lightly, it’s important to understand that there will be rejection, you have to invest in yourself and sometimes pick up awful jobs to make ends meat. Sometimes I wonder, why the hell am I doing this to myself? Wouldn’t it have been easier to have ‘normal’ job? But something about someone asking me what my ‘why’ is for continuing to pursue it – which I have been for almost eight years now – puts it all into perspective, and is the motivation that keep me persevering.

Here’s what I wrote in response:

I act because it is a way to explore my imagination and break out of my shell. Naturally, I am a very shy person, but when I become a character and tap into another world it is freeing and exciting.

I act because I have never been able to see myself doing anything else. From a young age I was performing, making my own talent shows, plays, dancing and at fourteen I got interested in TV and film.

I act because it is my passion and to be able to make someone smile or feel something, is something special.

What ever your ‘why’, let it be the thing that motivates you to pursue your dream job. If you can’t answer that question with a good answer, then maybe it is time to reconsider what it is you are doing and if it makes you happy.

A lot of the time acting, scriptwriting and pursuing a career in the film industry is really tough, but when I think about giving up or throwing in the towel, I know I would regret it and I couldn’t imagine what other job I would be doing.

Challenge

So I challenge you today to right down you ‘why’ for whatever you choose to pursue. Once you get your why, write it down and hold onto it. Through the rough times remember what it is that makes you fight for your career/dream.

Feel free to share, or reach out if you are stuck and need some help.

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Featured Friday: Mykle McCoslin, Actor & SAG-AFTRA Houston-Austin Local President

Welcome back to Featured Friday!

Mykle McCoslin

Today I’m excited to be interviewing Actor, and SAG-AFTRA Houston-Austin Local President, Mykle McCoslin. I was fortunate enough to meet Mykle when I lived in Houston back in 2015. One of my friends pulled me along to an acting class one evening, outside of my usual agency classes, and from then on became my teacher for a while. She has taught me so much about acting and how to believe in myself. I’m grateful to still keep in touch with her today from across the pond, and continue to watch her career flourish.

Mykle has been kind enough to answer some interview question, so let’s get to it.

Mykle McCoslin’s Interview

  • What inspired you to become an actor? 
    • When I was around 4 my Grandmother Elvis took me to see the movie Grease, and I was completely hooked. I didn’t know what Hollywood, Actors, or acting was.  All I knew what that whatever they were doing up on that screen I wanted to do as well for the rest of my life. My grandmother would also play make believe and  improvise together playing “Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Johnson.” She would climb upstairs where I would be waiting with my toy china and stove and icebox and she would come to “my house” and visit and we would sip pretend coffee and tea while talking about our “husbands and babies,” making up stories and different situations.  I just knew from a very early age that acting was my calling and that I didn’t want to do anything else.  It has been a divine calling on my life and one that I have followed through thick and thin ever since.   
  • Did you do any training or specialise in a specific genre?
    • I started in Theatre in the sixth grade doing plays and school UIL acting competitions in duet acting and solo performance. That is when I started receiving positive compliments and winning trophies and awards for my skills as an actor for the first time.  I completely shocked myself at how easy I was able to transform and slip into different character’s skin and lives and how I would invest 100 percent in becoming someone else.  Although I was learning about different types of acting styles and becoming exposed to the world of plays and playwrights, the acting part was something I didn’t have to really learn as opposed to tap into as I had been acting for fun pretty much my whole life.  After high school, I got accepted into the Theatre program at the University of Southern California and moved to Los Angeles and my life has never been the same. I was finally in the city where my dreams could come true.  I was exposed to so much history and knowledge on campus, honing my craft by continuing my education and training in the history of Theatre as well as performing in experimental and traditional plays there.  I joined an improv troupe with some other students and we would perform on Friday outside for the student body. I took advantage of the amazing classes in the Cinema department there as well as acting in student short films and loved listening to actors and directors who would come to campus to showcase their work to us and then do live Q&A’s.  It was a true blessing and one of the greatest privileges of my life, attending such a prestigious University.  I actually had no idea when I was there how famous USC was, ranking as one of the top 10 Theatre Schools in the world.  After graduating and earning my Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre, I continued studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse under the direction of Milton Katselas for several years.
  • What do you find the hardest thing about being an actor?
    • Not being able to do your craft as often as you want, when you are not booking work.  The season of quiet times, while it seems all of your other actor friends are working and your not.  Putting your whole heart and investing time, money, and sweat in auditioning, then not getting the job. The belief in others who aren’t actors that you’re only an actor when you’re acting on stage, TV or in a film, and the other times that your not.  The asking of what your “plan B” is or, “well, don’t you think if it was going to happen that it would have happened by now?”
  • As one of your past students, I admired how you utilise your skills to help other actors improve their craft. What made you want to get into teaching? Has it helped you in anyway?
    • I think the best teachers are students themselves.  Always learning always growing.  It was something I started doing in college, helping out at Theatre camps for kids for my summer job when I would come home for summer breaks.  I just loved sharing with others what was so freely given to me by my grandmother.  This sense of play and magical world of make believe.  I didn’t ever think I would become an acting teacher or coach, that was never my goal, but sometimes, well most of the time honestly, God has other plans and ideas for you to share the talents he has given to you with others that you never thought about. Where you are focused on maybe one view and destination, God has a hundred more avenues that you never even saw until he showed them to you in His perfect timing.  For me, it was my honest and simple love for acting that made me want to teach and coach.  And I found the more that I gave to my students, not only did I become a better actor, but more importantly I became a fuller human being.
  • What tools or classes would you recommend for new actors?
    • *Meisner is a wonderful technique to learn.  Improvisation and getting out of your way is A MUST to anyone looking to become an actor. Reading books on acting and biographies of famous actors from the past who you admire. Watching old movies, and not 1980s flicks, although those are amazing, but the great films of the 40 and 50s.  Know the classics! Letting go of your precious ego and being okay with being the fool.  Journaling and connecting with your true self, and your spirituality.  Decluttering your life and getting rid of things that don’t serve you anymore.  Clothes that don’t make you feel YOUR BEST!  Negative friends, family members or those who try to stop you from dreaming and following your path have no place in your life. You can love from a distance. Know that you and the space around you is sacred. Giving back to others in your community and surrounding your self with people who have the same beliefs and make your feel your best to be around.  Life is too short to have people who didn’t follow their dreams, try to hold you back from achieving yours!  

*To anyone looking for books and Meisner check out my recent blog post on “must have books for actors”

  • If you could pick a dream role what would it be, and what do you feel you could bring to it?
    • I’ve always wanted to play a strong Queen from ancient times who leads her people with strength and dignity. There’s always been a part of me that feels like I’ve lived in those times before.  I love all the costuming, gowns and have always enjoyed dressing up. I’ve also always wanted to play the lead in a romantic comedy. I love comedy, like the old screwball comedies of the 30s and 40s. Maybe a modern version of one of those set around karaoke with a handsomely talented actor like Zachary Levi who can sing, dance and crack jokes like Clark Gable in It Happened One Night. 
  • What has been your favourite role you’ve got to play so far?
  • I see you are now president of SAG-AFTA Houston, can you tell us a bit about that?
    • That was also a role I never saw coming.  In my early days of being an actor in LA, the proudest day of my career was when I joined the union and became a SAG member.  (Screen Actors Guild Member and eventually a SAG-AFTRA member after the two unions merged in 2012.)  I felt like I had joined a legacy of actors who came before me and that I was now one of them, carrying the torch of what they stood for, protection for all actors, at a time when the studio system basically owned an actor’s life.  When I moved back to Houston 10 years ago, I was searching for a family of actors to belong to, and I just started getting involved, sharing my knowledge of being a working actor in LA and NYC with the my fellow union members back home. I stared a Conservatory for our local members, where there wasn’t one before and gave back my time and talents.  That was my community service. I eventually ran for the local board, and became the first Vice-President, and then last year ran for President and won.  It is an honour and privilege that I do not take for granted.  To be voted by your fellow peers to lead is one of the greatest honours that can ever be bestowed upon anyone.  
  • What is your next career goal?
    • Writing/Directing and Producing my own work.  For years I have been telling other people’s stories and came to the point in my career where I finally answered the “whisper” that I had since college to tell my own story in the form of my first novel “My Grandma Elvis.”  It is my story of my Grandmother and I’s adventures growing up in the small town of Donie, Texas that she lived in her whole life.  The smallest town in Texas with a bank if that tells you anything.  I got the idea in a feminist class my senior year in college three months after my Grandmother passed.  I wrote the premise of the book for a class thesis paper, and it took me 23 years later to actually get it out and onto paper. I’m currently in the final editing phases of the book and after it is published, I plan on writing the screenplay, producing and directing the film, and starring in it as well.  I also plan on winning an Oscar for it! Look out for “My Grandma Elvis” book coming in 2021.
  • Lastly, do you have any advice for aspiring actors?
    • OMG, I would have to write a book on that, ha, which I probably will do one day.  Besides what I’ve mentioned above, know that there is never or will never be ANYONE on this planet like YOU.  That you are divinely called to be Actor and that it takes special individuals to choose to live the life of an artist.  The life less traveled. That as my friend and amazing actor Glenn Morshower likes to say, “you won the race when you beat out all the other sperm to make it first inside your mother’s egg. That says a lot!” That you will have more down times than good times, but that it is in the moments of failure, stillness, and rejection where your true character and spirit grows and comes from.  Don’t fear the lows in life for they are necessary and the stepping stones to reach the highs. No one really tells you this but I am, and from experience. That no one has a perfect life. Even the actors we admire and wish we had their lives struggle.  That the moments of bliss as an actor outshines all the rest and simply leave you breathless and more connected to the divine than you ever thought possible.  That the moment where you are standing in the rain for your first international photo call, looking up to the heavens as the rain pours on your face, shinning in the night sky, under a painted red carpet in Rome is a moment that you could only have ever gotten to live if you had persevered, despite all the hurt, pain, being talked about and made fun of and rejection.    That it is a lonely path that only a few ever get to truly experience because they were brave enough to leap. That you are simply A MIRACLE, never again to be repeated in the entire universe. To know yourself and love your self and always put your dreams, your wants and desires first, and to never, ever, ever give up!

I am so grateful for Mykle coming on to do a featured post and her words of wisdom she has shared for aspiring actors. If you would like to follow more of her work (which I highly recommend) some places you can find her are linked below.

https://www.myklemccoslin.com/

https://www.imdb.me/MykleMcCoslin/

Instagram & Twitter: @MykleMcCoslin and @MyGrandmaElvis

Furthermore, if you would like to be featured and share your talents do not hesitate to get in touch! This platform is all about supporting one another and having a place to share your careers, ideas and goals.

Featured! Q&A with TV/Film Hair and Make-up artist Jenny Watson

Welcome to Featured Friday!

Today I am happy to share with you an interview I had with Jenny Watson, TV/Film hair and make-up artist. A little bit of a back story, in 2019 I was fortunate enough to get a small featured role on Peaky Blinders and is where I met the lovely Jenny who became my hair and make-up artist! It was an amazing two days and not only did she do a lovely job getting me ready to look the part, but she was so kind and really helped me out on set. So glad I had the chance to meet her and can still keep in touch today.

So, if you are interested in becoming a hair and make-up artist, or simply just interested in her career, keep reading for her exclusive interview!

(I was suppose to look like I had slept on my make-up all night after sleeping in a pub ahah)

Q&A with Jenny Watson

What inspired you to become a hair & make-up artist?

I’ve always been interested in hair and makeup but I chose to do my a levels instead, which led me to uni to do psychology and eventually a career in child care. I was room leader of a preschool for 5 years and I just thought to myself is this what I want to do forever? I always wanted to be more involved in hair and makeup so I did a few friends weddings to see how I felt and I realised what I really wanted to do and had done for a while was TV and film. I thought why not just go for it, so I left my job and researched courses for media hair and makeup and here I am. 

How long have you been a hair & make-up artist, and how did you get your start?

I started my course at The Iver Academy in 2016 and finished in July that year, so have been out in the industry for 4 years now. Iver is an incredible school, I learnt so much from them and still do. They have an agency for current students and graduates depending on the level of the job, so you can gain experience whilst on the course. My first opportunity on a major show was given to me by one of my tutors, Jane, as they are all currently working in the industry. She took me on to Harlots as work experience for the day and that turned into a paid trainee job in the crowd room for the duration of the series. My second job was also through my Iver tutors and through these jobs you make more and more contacts and get more jobs. 

What do you find your biggest challenge has been in your career?

Honestly my biggest challenge is now with Covid 19. I’ve been really lucky that I got off to such a good start straight out of Iver and although there has been quiet periods the work has always picked up. However these past 4 months have been the hardest by far with no work out there and even though some things are picking up there is not much out there at the moment. 

What is your favourite time period to recreate?

I absolutely love doing period work. I’m not sure I can pick a favourite. If I had to I would say the 20s and 30s as both hair and makeup for women was fabulous as was the hair and facial hair for the men. It was a very groomed and expressive period, I love it. I do love all the 18th century upper class hairdos as well with all the intricate up-dos. Although, I’m glad this isn’t the fashion now as I don’t think I’d have the time in the morning to do that to my hair! 

You worked on Peaky Blinders, what was your favourite thing about being on that production? And how does it feel to have worked on such a big production?

I loved everything about Peaky. It was my dream job!! I remember watching it before I trained thinking I would give anything to work on the show, and it happened! I love the whole cast, crew, the looks, watching these fantastic actors do their job but I think the best bit for me was the team! I love each and every one of them they are all super talented and amazing people and learning from Loz (Schiavo, the designer) is just a dream! She’s incredible and has taught me so much! We were set to reprise the team again but got shut down due to Corona, and I’m not sure if I can rejoin when they start up as I may be on maternity leave which is such a shame!! But having worked with the team on that show is something I will always treasure! 

How do you find jumping from one project to the next?

Jumping onto different projects can be hard but also refreshing. It’s always sad to leave a team but each new job means new experiences and new ways to be creative, whether it’s a different period or main team to crowd it’s a great chance to learn new skills and meet new people. 

What advice do you have for aspiring hair & make-up artists?

My advice for aspiring makeup artists is really research the course before you do it. Iver Academy and the tutors their are the reason I am here in my job today, so always make sure that the course is right for you while you’re on it, and once you have graduated. Also, nowadays it’s about having both hair and makeup skills, so make sure you invest time in learning both. Be prepared to work hard, realise you will never stop learning and persevere and you can get where you want to be!

And there you have it!

A big shout out to Jenny for being the first featured post on Double-J-Creative. You can find her on Instagram @jennywatson887 and follow what exciting productions she’ll be working on next. Hopefully work with you again one day(:

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