Terry Victor [terryvictor]
How did you begin acting?
The first part was Puss in Dick Whittington - I can't remember what organisation it was four, probably Primary School. Every word had been recorded and all the characters synched with the playback - or not. Apparently the cat (me) who had no lines appeared to speak every word in the script. I was hooked.
At what stage in your career did you realise that acting could be something you do professionally?
It took a long time and a series of accidents before I had the courage to call myself an actor. I sort of sidled up on my career.
Please list an Internet address where one can see something about you.
Please list the most important or defining jobs of your career.
Film: Hedd Wyn
Theatre: Masque of the Red Death
Cabaret: Murder On The Menu
Radio: Voices in the Wilderness
Please list any famous performances that have helped you in reference to your evolution in acting.
Alastair Sim in the Green Man
Please list three actors and three actresses that you like.
What type of psychological, physical, and emotional preparation do you do before a performance?
It depends on the challenge: some parts require vocal or physical warm-ups. Regarding focus, the whole day revolves around being ready for that moment.
What is your criteria in determining which projects you select?
What type of communication do you normally establish with directors?
I am less afraid of them than I was in my youth.
What is the archetypal character in which you tend to be typecast?
In my younger days, always the villain. Now, irrascible, evil but nevertheless likeable figures at the edge of the establishment.
Has there been a role that has been especially difficult for you?
Yes. I can't remember the title of the play off-hand; it was directed by Greg Cullen for a fringe venue in Hammersmith. The character was an authoritarian racist - it went against every fibre of my being to hide my personality under his.
Do you see yourself working in this field in twenty years?
I see myself dying on-stage - and not in a get drunk and get over it way.
What do you do to kill time during waiting periods at casting calls?
Cryptic Crossword: Guardian for choice.
Are you continuing to educate yourself through acting classes, seminars, or other courses? Do you combine this with your normal job?
I always intend to but the need to keep my diary flexible tends to defer any firm commitment other than last minute.
Is there any fetish role you haven't interpreted yet, but that you have in your head to do one day?
Truscott in Loot
According to your experience, please describe the best and worst of each medium: cinema, theatre, television.
Cinema: the worst is the time spent waiting; the best is when you are an active part of a perfect take.
Theatre: the worst is the constant repetition until the thrill becomes the job; the best is rehearsal and discovery.
TV: the best thing is the wages.
Is there any scene or role that you would never interpret due to personal morals, principles, or taboos?
Not now. I struggled with the racist authoritatian and now I revel in whatever comes along.
Could you say that your tools as an actor pertain to a certain school or concrete method?
Which director would you like to read this interview? What type of role would you like for him/her to offer you?
Movie directors: Clint Eastwood, Steven Soderbergh, Mike Leigh - any character part that moves the movie forward.
Have you ever thought of giving up on the profession? If yes, when and why?
No. I took a lot of time out (5 years) to write a book but I still maintained an acting profile during that period.
One personal reason why to keep doing this work
I can't think of a reason not to.
How do you feel when people recognise you on the street?
Astonished then, occasionally, privately smug.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in acting?