Richard Certain [friendsperform]
How did you begin acting?
Like everything and probably most people, I started acting because I was inspired. I saw a production when I was young of 'Oliver' and have been acting in evrything I liked ever since.
At what stage in your career did you realise that acting could be something you do professionally?
I've always worked professionally at anything I've been involved in. your not always paíd well but Ive been lucky and have always been able to work alongside great people
Please list an Internet address where one can see something about you.
Currently I'm touring Latin America with a South American Theatre company doing childrens theatre plays. For bookings goto www.friendsoftheperformers.com Or the company site www.theperformers.net
Please list the most important or defining jobs of your career.
Probably this current Job as its the first since my three year world tour, surfing, cycling and partying. And I love working with students. Previously working on Peter Jacksons' Lord of the Rings was a fantastic experience also, meeting some of the leads was interesting too..... Although I do regret snubbing Jack Black one night...
Please list any famous performances that have helped you in reference to your evolution in acting.
I loved the performances I saw by the Royal Shakespear Company, and those actors I met are still a huge inspiration whenever I perform.
Please list three actors and three actresses that you like.
Robert downey Junior, Michael Caine, Cliff Curtis and my fav girls are Cate Blanchett, Helen merrin, kate winslet
What type of psychological, physical, and emotional preparation do you do before a performance?
Usually I relax as much as possible, after warming up With body and vocal stretches, during performance I will emotionally prepare depending on the scenes using particular life experiences
What is your criteria in determining which projects you select?
Always the work before the money. Its all about the message, that's why I love comedy! Got to be a well written story
What type of communication do you normally establish with directors?
Well the director is vital to the overall look of the production so it's as important for me to know as much as possible about their work philosophy and ethics, as it is for them. generally you know at the first meeting if it will be a smooth ride, I donot waste time so on set this is a huge benefit to the whole process. I have had some scary rides with a couple of directors in the early days, its not fun.
What is the archetypal character in which you tend to be typecast?
Villain! Usually great challenges, currently Romeo, a Cuckoo Clock & a Pirates Captain...
What do you do to kill time during waiting periods at casting calls?
Well, in Latin America I'm limited with the projects I can audition for; I try to analyse the outline they've given me, but I usually have a book in spanish as back up. I've spent the equivalent of weeks in transit in airports so I try to Use the time productively sleeping or answering comments on our fb fanpage at www.facebook.com/richardcertain or work on lines, writing etc, quite lucky in a way.
According to your experience, please describe the best and worst of each medium: cinema, theatre, television.
Cinema is interesting, with working on locations and amongst the huge numbers of crew especially on Lord of the Rings I love the synergy involved in all of these mediums but the stop-start nature is hard especially with high emotion scenes but then if the scene is kissing and derobing a beautiful women well múltiple takes aré just what you hope for....
geez right now we aré rehersing with a new cast for Romeo an Juliet but they are drilling NeXT door! Arghhh so distracting..... I love theatre most because it's LIVE and you never know what will happen and of course you have the collaboration of the audience. I've not done much TV but intend to do more NeXT year although I'm not a fan of the heirachyl theme..... Wow haha! I have been sitting behind the stageleft panel and it started to fall over on me!!! Like I said you never know! That's the logo we jokingly use for this theatre company as we tour so much and "ya never know" what or where or how long or many check their site if you like www.theperformers.net
How do you feel when people recognise you on the street?
Hahaha It's funny, people come up an start talking to you and then partway through realize that they don't actually know you; Kind of embarassing. Kids are especially funny they will even come up real close and stare into your face lol they strip you bare so easily, thats why I love working with them when I can, they are raw and unpredictable...
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in acting?
Get to know yourself, try meditation as a means to do this, excercise regularly, learn how to listen, donot drink cheap Tequila and never ever give up