An insight - an interview with Euan
How did you begin acting?I have always been a bit of a performer - I was always chosen for school nativity plays and the like. Loved things like the after school drama club - my drama teacher insisted I applied for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama even although I was destined for Law. I did the audition but never dreamed I?d actually get in - and the rest as they say is history.
At what stage in your career did you realise that acting could be something you do professionally?I trained for teaching not the stage in order to have a BA Degree behind me, but I always wanted to perform and set out on my career path with that intention from day one - Ive had some "interesting" jobs along the way from Floor Managing at the BBC to Human Resources and met some amazing people. The older you get the more life experience you have to draw on and the rounder and fuller your performances become. Only a favoured few can do this job as a full time profession.
Please list any famous performances that have helped you in reference to your evolution in acting.
with the great Stanley Baxter taught me so much. Working as his stage double
and understudy meant a fairly close liaison and he is the most generous
performer, willing to share tips and secrets, methodologies and stagecraft
learned over many years. As a young man having this information has stood me in
good stead and I have been able to build on it and mould it to my own ways over
the years. When I had to actually "go on" when the maestro was ill -
was probably the one single event that influenced me as a performer and
cemented my relationship with the stage
Please list three actors and three actresses that you like.
Just three ?Stanley Baxter, Ewan McGregor, Tom Selleck
What type of psychological, physical, and emotional preparation do you do before a performance?
what the role is - but I usually like a few minutes alone before I go on just
to collect my thoughts, think about my first lines and establishing the
character. I like to be in the wings, or somewhere nearby on set to see how the
preceding scenes are going and to gauge an audience or the mood on set. If
Im singing I do try to do a few vocal excercises to warm up the voice and open
up the throat beforehand.
What is your criteria in determining which projects you select?
after 30 years in the business I ask myself if this role is something different
, will it stretch me, provide me with a challenge ? How long does this role
last ? Who am I working with and where ?
What type of communication do you normally establish with directors?
would hope the director would establish communication with his actors - and do
the job of directing. If not then I would try to find out if the character was
being developed to their liking by coming right out and asking - however, most
directors are very verbose !
What is the archetypal character in which you tend to be typecast?
authority figures - policemen, detectives, the King (in the King and I) OR Villains - pantomime baddies, film villains, evil characters, Fagin
Do you see yourself working in this field in twenty years?
I do hope so - as an actor there are always
great roles you can grow into
Which director would you like to read this interview? What type of role would you like for him/her to offer you?
I AM acting bored - honest !!
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