Saturday 3 December 2016

Katie Byrne: ahead of the pack

Why does a peer's success make us question our own?

Published 14/02/2016 | 02:30

Features writer Katie Byrne
Features writer Katie Byrne

A friend of mine has recently had considerable success as an actor. We met on the audition scene many years ago when I decided that I'd like to give acting a go too.

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'Audition scene' makes it sound terribly glamorous. It wasn't. This was the entry-level, portfolio-building, student short-film world of acting.

It's a cottage industry in which the director is often only a few years out of puberty and deferred payment usually means no payment at all.

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