Author: Karen Johal

  • Book Recommendations for Actors in Training

    Book Recommendations for Actors in Training

    ​​​​14 books for actors to read during drama school training to help inspire and improve their acting skills​​. ​​The most imperative time in a working actor’s career is arguably the years spent at drama school. Within the safe perimeters of training​ and studying​ the craft of acting, ​drama students​​​ will learn to use tools and…

  • Advocating for Yourself in the Workplace

    Advocating for Yourself in the Workplace

    ​​​How to recognise an unhealthy working environment and stand up for yourself when working as an actor​​. Unhealthy working environments can exist in any profession and unfortunately, acting is no exception. Whether it’s on set, during the casting process, or while you’re touring a production, you could find yourself in situations where someone or something…

  • How to Have a New Year Mindset All Year

    How to Have a New Year Mindset All Year

    ​​​How to plan and achieve your goals, no matter what time of the year you’re setting them.​​  ​​As the New Year comes in​, many of us will be adopting the age old ‘​New Year​,​ N​​​ew M​e’ mindset. ​For actors, ​this means ​overhauling career prospects and aspirations​,​ and ​levelling​ up with work by getting organised. ​January…

  • Top Tips for Creating a Professional Acting Website

    Top Tips for Creating a Professional Acting Website

    An actor website can be a useful tool to help you to showcase the parts you’ve played and the performer skills you have. We share advice about how to set your website up and what you should include on it. ​​When I was in my last year at drama school in New York, I took…

  • What​​ You Need to Know About ​Recalls and Casting Callbacks

    What​​ You Need to Know About ​Recalls and Casting Callbacks

    What to expect at a recall audition and how to prepare for it ​​Any working actor will tell you auditioning​ is​ ​a​​ job. Any time you get invited to audition​, you are being invited to work, to sink your teeth into a character and dissect a script. The ​audition ​process can be daunting, ​​draining and…

  • What to Expect on Your First Day of Theatre Rehearsal

    What to Expect on Your First Day of Theatre Rehearsal

    Tips for preparing for your first day of rehearsal, what to bring, and how to overcome nerves The first day on a new job can be daunting. As actors, we spend most of our time feeling anxious, scared and overwhelmed when we haven’t booked any work for a long period of time. And when the…

  • Performing on Stage in Germany

    Performing on Stage in Germany

    Work permits, contracts and travel advice for performers preparing to work on stage in Hamburg, Germany As a British stage and screen actor, my work has taken me to many exciting places around the world. Earlier this year I was given the opportunity to travel to Germany for the first time to perform as the…

  • Transitioning from Theatre to TV

    Transitioning from Theatre to TV

    Making the change from performing at the theatre to on-camera is not always an easy transition. Actress Karen Johal writes about the differences and difficulties when making the move from stage to the small screen. I’ve worked on several shows over the years both off-broadway in New York and at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre – my…