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Arts Feature

Cutler speaks to up and coming British Actress Melanie Wilder on what helps her find truth as an artist.

Photo by Eye on the Lens

Melanie, what made you want to start acting?

Ok well this is going to sound funny, but I had just finished an after school detention, and was about to go home, when I noticed a bunch of people in the hall playing a strange game. After peeping through the glass doors, wondering what was going on, the drama teacher spotted me and asked me to join. Being curious, I agreed. I’ll never forget that feeling after doing my first improvisation. The adrenaline was something I had never experienced before, that’s when I told my 13 year old self, "This is for me, this is what I want to do".

" Being authentic. It’s hard not to get wrapped up in the ego when being an actor. "

What makes a good actor?

Being authentic. It’s hard not to get wrapped up in the ego when being an actor. You compare your skills, resume, how you look. But, I have to remind myself it’s about the work. We are story tellers andto tell a storythat could potentially help somebody is what's important. If you can convince that one person watching, then you have done your job.

What keeps you inspired?

Being around creative people, being productive, watching plays, good films and TV. I’ve just booked to see Jodie comer in Prima Facie! Which I’m excited about because I think she is an incredibly talented actress and I can’t wait to see her on stage.

What advice do you have for actors starting out?

I would say, attend plenty of classes and workshops, join theatre companies, the National youth theatre is a great one! Also, write to casting directors, put yourself out there and don’t be afraid of rejection. Believe in yourself.

Can you recommend any TV shows, or films you have watched lately?

The Hand Maidens Tale! I literally binged watch this show in 3 days, I just couldn’t stop. You need to watch it.

Will do! Thanks for chatting Melanie.

Thank you for having me.


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