"Life as an actor can be discouraging and the task of 'putting yourself out there' overwhelming. Zoe is a great model for staying positive and practical in overcoming apparent obstacles (such as perceiving oneself as a late starter).
The book encourages a shift of mindset that would foster success in any business. I enjoyed the connections to The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, which would be good to read alongside."
Geraldine Brennan, Actor
I was very lucky that I met the amazing Matthew Smith from Urbane Publications just at the time that I decided to write a book about my acting experiences.
I already had a book on networking ready to go (Networking Know-How, which Matthew also published) and based on seeing my writing in that Matthew agreed to publish a book about learning to act, which eventually became An Actor's Life for me, which hit the shelves in March 2017.
It's been fabulous to receive feedback from people who have read the book and felt inspired to bring more acting into their life as a result. I've heard from public sector workers, journalists, designers and many more people who pursued a different career while still harbouring a love for acting in their hearts.
I performed my first one woman show, based on the fantastic Dark Dates books by Tracey Sinclair, at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden in January 2015.
The director, the wonderful Peta Lily, suggested that we keep the timing short, as it was not just my first one-woman show, but my first show of any kind for nearly 20 years. Feedback was that I could make it longer and take it to Edinburgh.
I hesitated, having struggled to sell the sixty tickets for a single performance in a city where I knew a lot of people.
Tracey had moved to Brighton and suggested that I took the show there for Brighton Fringe. It was great to be performing again, even to audience sizes ranging from four to seven.