|What is your criteria in determining which projects you select?
Several elements of a prospective production can excite me. The story, the language, the subject matter, the character's journey, the setting are all things which will get my juices flowing on first reading a piece. Aside from that, there are of course directors I'd love to work with, other actors, particular companies, theatres I'd love to work at, the list goes on. Sometimes all these things seem to come together and that's really thrilling. Doesn't happen all the time, of course.
I should also add that the reality is that I rarely am in a position to pick and choose my work from a range of options, though I do occasionally turn stuff down. It's one of the few ways we can exact some measure of control on the business. And it doesn't do your ego any harm either.
Don't be silly! Only A-listers really have any choice. The rest of us take what we are given and are grateful (within reason, of course).
Nowadays after 25 years in the business I ask myself if this role is something different , will it stretch me, provide me with a challenge ? How long does this role last ? Who am I working with and where ?
The part or piece has to draw me in.
Good writing, an interesting character, a challenge, and pay all help! : )
Knowledge of the work of the script, director, and wherther or not I have an affinity with them.
The quality of the writing and conception
I have to like the role. The script has to be well written, a touch of humour, even in drama scripts is important. It also helps to know or know of some of the other actors. The quality of the ensemble makes for a good project.
Good script, nice people to work with, unpretentious atmosphere. Not that I do much selecting these days.
What is offered.
The contract - the writing & the part have to interest me.
I work on instinct and then I ask myself does this character, film, role and people creating the project fall in line with what I believe in and what I want to explore as a creative artist. It's the people I work with and the vibe I feel.
The material has to be about something worth saying,
and/or which is genuinely entertaining for the audience.
But when it comes to TV, I'm a realist. We all need the work, and
providing I don't find it offensive or demeaning to me or the audience I'll
The writing, the diretor, if I can learn anything from the project or if it's a character unlike any others I have played.
I am really lucky as I am able to choose my projects on a purely creative basis and so the play, style and character usually play a large part in my decision. The other reason I end up working on the projects I do, is because I want to work with the company or a specific person involved. In the past I have worked on jobs for the money but they tend to make me unhappy and completely unfulfilled creatively and so I’d rather teach which I also thoroughly enjoy.
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