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How making her own work led Jody O’Neill to a co-production with The Abbey

How making her own work led Jody O’Neill to a co-production with The Abbey

June 15, 2020

Sometimes as an actor it can feel as though our fate lies in the hands of others, with a lot of us still buying into this notion that we have to wait for the phone to ring in order to work. One way to take back control of your career is to make your own work. 

Actor, writer, and voiceover artist Jody O’Neill has done an amazing job of making her own work right from the very beginning of her acting career. And in February 2020 Jody had a play co-produced by The Abbey which she wrote and performed in. 

There’s no doubt that making your own work can be an incredibly rewarding process, but it is also a huge amount of...well, work. It often requires that you take on a multitude of roles such as writer, producer and marketing person as well as actor. 

“When I think about making my own work, on all of them I have this memory of getting to a point where I don’t have time to walk anymore, so I just run everywhere because that’s how you can maximise your time”

If you decide to make your own work you will probably want to avoid maxing out your mother’s credit card or having your apartment burgled like Jody did, but there are also loads of positive insights here to be gleaned from Jody’s experiences.

Earlier this year Jody wrote and performed in ‘What I (Don’t) Know About Autism’ which was co-produced with the Abbey Theatre in association with The Everyman and Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre and you can learn more about the play on www.aboutautism.ie.

Jody has also written a web series, called ‘Cocooned’ which is being produced by Graffiti Theatre Company and performed by Amaya Gillespie, you can check out episode 1 on their YouTube channel.

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Thanks for listening!

02 Director Shaun O’ Connor on how he finds actors for his projects

02 Director Shaun O’ Connor on how he finds actors for his projects

May 15, 2020

Continuing the chat with director Shaun O’ Connor, in part one we chatted about making his first feature on a budget of about €300 and how taking an acting class changed his approach to directing, and now we move on to:

  • His latest award winning short A White Horse
  • How he finds actors for his projects 
  • The importance of not filtering your enthusiasm when networking
01 Director Shaun O’ Connor on how taking an acting class changed his approach to directing

01 Director Shaun O’ Connor on how taking an acting class changed his approach to directing

May 15, 2020

Shaun O' Connor’s latest short "A White Horse" has won several awards including Best Irish Short at Foyle Film Festival which means it's now longlisted for the Oscars & Baftas. He was recently nominated for a discovery award at the Dublin International Film Festival and he has directed numerous shorts, a feature, and recently directed a stage play. 

Some of the things I’ll be chatting about with Shaun include:

  • The impact Coronavirus has had on his creativity & productivity
  • How his first IMDB credit is a feature film he made for about €300
  • How taking an acting class changed his approach to directing
Introduction - acting insights via relaxed chats with industry professionals

Introduction - acting insights via relaxed chats with industry professionals

May 10, 2020

We all love the creative side of our acting careers, but the business side often gets neglected. On this podcast I hope to chat about creativity, but also to uncover little insights that can help us make simple changes to advance our careers. Join me for relaxed chats with industry professionals from the film and theatre world.

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