The Irrelevant Actor is a podcast where actors and creatives discuss the pressures and strains of breaking into an ever growing, ever changing, ever demanding industry and how we might, maybe, one day become relevant. The latest series has been produced to offer support, inspiration and advice to those in the creative arts affected by the current pandemic.
Amy Worthington trained as an actor at Drama Studio London. She became aware very quickly that in order to succeed in this industry you cannot simply sit by the phone and wait for someone to give you a job.
She became increasingly interested into how people ‘break’ into the industry and each individuals journey. Having conversed with her peers about representation, opportunities and other industry issues Amy decided it’s high time these people were given a voice; and with that The Irrelevant Actor was born.
Each week Amy is joined by a guest host, the podcast aims to offer advice, honesty and inspiration. For those just starting out in the industry, established artists and those wanting an insight into a confusing and complicated industry.
The brand aims to go beyond the red carpet glitz and glamour, the West End standing ovations and really delve deep into the reality of starting out and what it means to be an Irrelevant Actor. In the past the podcast has explored topics such as Autistic Awareness in the arts, BAME representation, producing, toxic masculinity and more.
For the lockdown series Amy has been interviewing filmmakers, actors, producers and more and finding out what they are doing to get through this unprecedented and scary time. Episodes this series offer advice to drama school graduates of 2020, help you with managing your finances and how to care for your mental health alongside dealing with loss and grief and how to use this time productively (or not!).
The Irrelevant Actor has plans to expand. The team hope to host events in theatre’s and universities/drama schools to allow students and actors to get involved in the conversation.
They are also developing plans to showcase new writing and give a platform to their guests work.
Episodes are released every Wednesday and Sunday, and the first lockdown episode was released yesterday (26th April)