Claire Hayward [claireabell16]
How did you begin acting?
Generally doing little things, like summer activities, and drama on saturdays. Now i'm at college doing Acting.
At what stage in your career did you realise that acting could be something you do professionally?
I think around about yr 10 at school, which was when i was 13, I always wanted to do acting as a child, but i had health problems, and i wanted to focus on school work. However, i've always been interested in the art itself, i liked watching plays, and i love films.
Please list an Internet address where one can see something about you.
I generally go on this like everyday
Please list the most important or defining jobs of your career.
I really want to get into film acting, or TV, but it's mainly film.
Please list any famous performances that have helped you in reference to your evolution in acting.
Just things like films, like Step Up, and Fame, there's not really partically any famous performances that have helped me, i just follow my heart. And look at the things that go on around me.
Please list three actors and three actresses that you like.
Oh, well for actressess, i admire Scarlett Johansson, i think she's so mature, and has this seriousness about her, and i also like Amanda Bynes, she's so sweet, funny, someone i'd be best friends with, if i could. And i also like Hilary Duff, she's so honest, and can be really professional.
And for actors, it has to be Channing Tatum, he can do anything really, emotional, physical, action, he's so cool.
I also like Keane Reeves, there's this mysteriousness character that i adore about him.
Then there's Rowan Atkinson, he's just hilarious.
What type of psychological, physical, and emotional preparation do you do before a performance?
If i'm honest i don't think about it, i just breath, close my eyes, i don't talk about what
i'm about to do. I think that i'm going on stage, focusing on what i need to do, and listen to others around me.
I probably jump up and down, but mainly just listen to music.
What is your criteria in determining which projects you select?
No nudeness really, nothing hardcore, and nothing which gives people the wrong idea, or affects people, such as Religion, or Disabilities. I like honest performances, but with the ideal acceptance from people. And i just like to be respected, and given guidence.
What type of communication do you normally establish with directors?
Well just giving you the right judgement, and not making you feel bad. I think giving you examples, or saying 'Good Job', so you feel like you've achieved something at the end of the day.
What is the archetypal character in which you tend to be typecast?
I want to come across as professional, emotional, dramatic, mysterious, and honest, maybe a little mean, just something which refelcts different parts of me.
Has there been a role that has been especially difficult for you?
Possibly being loud, and mean, but i hope to work on that, but i haven't done much acting yet, i hope to learn new skills first.
Do you see yourself working in this field in twenty years?
Well i don't like to think to far ahead, but i have a passion for it. I can only hope i do, i'm not going to back down, just because i didn't get a certain role, I'll just say to myself that there happened to be someone there who had something different, and was perfect for that role.
What do you do to kill time during waiting periods at casting calls?
I haven't experienced that yet. But when i do, i'm not even going to worry, of course i'm going to think about it, but i'll just be patient, and carry on doing normal things.
Are you continuing to educate yourself through acting classes, seminars, or other courses? Do you combine this with your normal job?
At the moment i'm at college, so i'm learning anyway. But further on, i hope to get into auditions, do any work that i can.
Is there any fetish role you haven't interpreted yet, but that you have in your head to do one day?
I aspire to be in an action film, or something dramatic, and dark, that leaves people emotioal, and think, wow you can understand how this character is feeling.
According to your experience, please describe the best and worst of each medium: cinema, theatre, television.
Well, i don't know yet.
I'd say the best is Tv, cinema, then Theatre.
Is there any scene or role that you would never interpret due to personal morals, principles, or taboos?
Definitely drugs, or smoking, drinking scences, because I don't believe in that stuff, so if people watch me in a film, drinking, or make-believe drinking, then it's just too fake, and not right for me, i wouldn't feel comfortable with people watching that.
Could you say that your tools as an actress pertain to a certain school or concrete method?
I can't really say, I just get the job done, have fun, meet new people, and learn my lines, and just be professional.
Which director would you like to read this interview? What type of role would you like for him/her to offer you?
Oh, tough one. (hehe)....maybe, Tim Burton, he's worked with so many inspiring actors, and has done an amazing job.
I would like to be offered a romantic, or action role, something dramatic. I really don't mind.
Have you ever thought of giving up on the profession? If yes, when and why?
Oh no, well i haven't had enough experience yet. But i do hear that it's hard, competitive, and i know that, but i can only learn for myself. But i don't want to wake up one day, when i'm old, and think i didn't try.
One personal reason why to keep doing this work
To support my family, and to gain confidence for myself.
How do you feel when people recognise you on the street?
No one has yet, but if they did, i'd be like, wow, hello, abit awkward, but feel flattered that someone took their time, and saw me.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in acting?
Start slow, meet people, to other stuff as well that you like, really find new skills. Make notes on films you like. You have to truly be committed, it's hard work, but if you want to do it, then it'll be fun as well.