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January 8, 20160

After having recently witnessed someone dramatically embellish  their CV presumably to increase the chance of fame, I cannot understand why else they did it.  It’s made me question again the reason why some people decide to follow the acting path in the first place.

At the end of the You Want To Act? course I ‘deliver’ a long speech about the truth behind the acting profession and what it really entails.  I encourage everyone to climb up their metaphorical tree and think long and hard before they embark on their journey.  My usual quip is, never do it because you want to become rich and famous, you have more chance of your fifteen minutes of fame if you ran stark, bollock naked down Oxford Street.

Acting is an art form, it’s one of the most creative fields and it should be a calling.  It should be something you know from your guts that you have to pursue without possibly a logical reason behind it.  And of course it has to be something you enjoy.  To all the actors I represent I remind them and they remind me that we are all in it for the long-game and we’re in it because it’s what we’ve chosen to do with our lives.

I have seen incredible things happen to incredible people that have attended act up courses and I have seen people enjoy the courses but think that life as an actor isn’t for them, both are very valid, of course.  And overall I notice that those that do go on to make a career as an actor are doing it for themselves.  You can’t pursue a career as an actor if you’re doing it to impress others, to give you more street cred, to look ‘different’ infront of your peers.  It has to be your choice and yours alone and then you’ve got to go at it all guns blazing.

So I say again, what is it we all want, we all know which way Oxford Street lies or we perhaps all need to climb up our trees for a tiny bit longer than usual.

Overall, please look after yourselves – you all deserve long lasting happiness.


December 31, 20150

So are you going to finally take the plunge and take the acting course you’ve always wanted to try, are you going to finally own up and declare to the world that you want to work as an actor or are you going to finally take the bull by the horns and really push forwards your acting career?

I’ve always felt funny about making New Year’s resolutions…  it’s like setting yourself up for inevitable disappointment because following a list never tends to work in the end.

But, and it’s a big but, if you really want a new and improved you then you’ve got to make yourself do things you’re not normally comfortable with.  Charge at the things that fill you with fear, try the things that you’ve always wanted to do that the ‘control’ has always finally prevented you from doing in the past.

You’re capable of doing anything you put your mind to.

I’m in correspondance with lovely people that want to take the courses but admit they’re too scared to take the plunge.  We all understand that and as I say to everyone, the scariest part of any of our courses is the first journey to the first class, after that it’s going to get easier and easier and better and better.

2016 for me involves setting up a new business, yes you’d have thought I’d have learnt by now, running your own business is hard but I hate the idea of not giving it a go..

So are you going to join me and give what you’ve always wanted to do a go?

Have a lovely New Year and as an encouragement to your 2016 we’re offering a 30% discount on all our January courses. Just type NEW YEAR into the coupon box when you check out on New Year’s Day.

Gemma X











December 2, 20150

It’s very easy for all of us to wallow in the familiarity of our everyday lives, we know somewhere inside that we should be challenging ourselves but our overriding sense is to keep on the tracks we’ve always known.

If we really want to push ourselves then we are going to have to be prepared to jump into that void, the void that could mean we could end up falling off the tracks and falling flat on our arses, but so what we haven’t really lost anything by bumping down to ground.

I find in the current climate, people are incredibly reluctant to step out of line; stand up for what they really believe in.  A culture of fear has been orchestrated and we’ve all bought into it.

So next time we see something that we have secretly always wanted to do, don’t hesitate but run fast towards it.  Stand up for what you believe in and is it a deal, shall we challenge ourselves to do something different every day?

Let me know how you get on.



November 10, 20150

In a unique collaboration between Love Art and act up, we are running a self-portrait drawing class for actors.

Drawing is such a natural process that we have and do engage with all of the time, but have you ever stopped to consider who you really are?

Drawing from life can be challenging in a brilliant way, look once and you think you’ve captured what you see, look again and the whole image has changed again.  Drawing from life requires focus, discipline and determination, sound like anything else?

Drawing yourself is a very revealing process and I bet you don’t know what you really look like until you sit down and really face yourself with a mirror, a  paper and a pencil.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never formally drawn before, it’s really true that everyone can draw, we’ll prove it to you and towards the end of the class all the portraits will be proudly hung on the wall and you’ll increasingly see the similarities between being yourself as much as possible as an actor and really proudly knowing who you really are.

The 2-hour class runs on Saturday 5th December, midday-2.00pm at Route To Juice in Tooting.  All materials will be provided and you’ll be under the professional guidance of artist Claire Rudkin, who runs Love Art with Gemma Lloyd who will also be discussing the need to be yourself as much as possible as an actor in the casting process towards the end of the workshop.

All for just £16.00 and you’ll also of course get to keep your masterpieces.

Draw, enjoy, be creative and understand yourself even more.

To enrol click HERE and hit the £16 button let us know if you have any questions.

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November 2, 20150

I am obsessed by Fear, I see it all the time and it’s something we’ve got to learn to embrace more and more.

Without Fear there is no impetus to continue driving forward and if you work as an actor that’s something you’ve really got to do.

That’s the positive side of Fear the negative side of course is something that can eat you alive it’s also something that continually frustrates me.

I regularly see people that are desperate to engage in courses both with act up and Love Art that don’t because that voice in all our heads start to talk too loudly.

“You’re only going to look stupid”

Really, you want to do that course, how do you know it’s any good, looks too expensive to me…

“YOU, you think you can be an actor -Ha.”

“Draw, you can’t draw, everyone is clearly going to be better than you’.

So of course I am going to say ignore it, but what I also see is that children simply don’t have this voice, they are happy to jump into everything and I so wish we were a all a little bit more like children.

The best things always come out of leaping into the unknown, so I say embrace that FEAR and dive in, what’ve you got to loose?


September 10, 20150

1 – Keep going, it is one of the toughest industries going, but I see too many people give up too soon.. so hang on in there, you never know what might happen.

2 – Straddle your day job and your acting by giving an equal balance of energy to both. It’s incredibly hard I know, you have to keep down a full time job as well as being available for acting work all of the time????

Indeed ??? is the right answer.. if you want it bad enough you’ll find a way. Get into a routine where you spend at least an hour a day looking at all the on-line casting services you subscribe too and if you have an agent they’ll be doing their bit too.

3 – Most important thing an actor should possess is a brilliant photo. Don’t make it fancy, don’t try and project certain characteristics towards the camera, let the photographer find you and that way you’ll ensure the photograph will represent how we see you, you want it to be you warts and all.

4 – A showreel, a lot of actors find it frustrating ‘obtaining’ a showreel.. However you do it, please make sure it is real work and not you and a mate in a studio. Frustrating because of lot of being an actor is chicken and egg. But if you consider the ‘other side’ they need to see what you like on camera before they pull you in.

5 – How do I find work?
It’s the million dollar question, part two of this I’ll give you more clues.

But do let me know if you have any questions, or let me know how you’re doing with it all.

June 12, 20150

A practical double workshop for anyone that would like to produce a play run by myself Gemma Lloyd.

I’ve produced in theatre, film and dance and describe myself as a front-line producer. I’ve produced on the London Fringe and in venues like JW3,  the Bush Theatre and Sadler’s Wells, I’ve been runner up for the JMK award with director Roy Weise and currently working on Yolanda Mercy’s one woman show On The Edge Of Me and Daniel York’s the forgotten of the forgotten.

In film, a short I produced No Love Lost has won over 18 world-wide competitions and recently I promoted the feature STILL, starring Aidan Gillen and Amanda Mealing and now working on Tree Tops, the latest feature film by Blunt Stuff.
So you want to produce a play will cover:

Working with a writer. The relationship between you and the director. Seeking funding, there is still some about including the Arts Council and crowd-funding. Choosing and winning a venue for your production. Gathering the most effective creative team around you and casting your play. Finding and targeting your audience. Marketing your play. Inviting the critics. And keeping going.

The next date is Saturday 18th March 2017, times 11.00am-6.00pm each time and it will take place at Theatre Delicatessen, Canary Wharf, London. The cost is £70.00 in advance or £120 on the door.

I am limiting the places to 10 and you don’t need to have had previous producing experience to take part.

If you have any questions please let me know and to book click HERE.

June 1, 20150

act up has been running it’s courses in the same fashion for sixteen years and it’s time for a change.

In the last two years I’ve noticed a real difference in how people approach life, I could surmise a lot of reasons for this but that’s a discussion for another time.

The upshot is that act up is going to be offering a lot more creative courses to a lot more people. They’ll run as one offs, or as a weekend of fun. They’ll also run around the UK and not just in London.

We won’t have so many acting courses but those that we do run will continue to enable people to find their confidence, to trust themselves more and to really understand that acting comes from ‘within’, I’ve never believed anyone can teach anyone to act.

The new courses will include, film-making, producing, MMA fitness, writing, spoken-word, movement, the voice, pilates, talks and art classes in the guise of my true love Love Art that has already started, for both children and adults. If there’s anything else you’d like to see, do let me know.. all of this is for YOU.

act up has always been about showing people a good time.  To enable many people to indulge in the arts and for me to prove how brilliant they really are.  We’ve had some incredible success stories and I am very proud of many, many people. And of course, I bow down and thank absolutely everyone that has participated in the courses over the last sixteen years, whow that’s a lot of amazing people I’ve met.

act up was also born to challenge the inequality in the arts, it is still so exclusive and this is my main drive and I admit my main fear about losing the ‘old’ act up. In it’s time, I have encouraged so many people that normally wouldn’t have got a ‘look in’ to try acting that are now working successfully as actors.  I am hoping that I will still have the opportunity to meet these very raw and talented people, after all I need to keep my actor’s agency well fed.

So let’s all embrace fear, I have always been fascinated by fear and have always seen it as a positive thing as it drives us all forward.

So, are you ready to change too, take the bull by the horns and leap into the unknown?

I hope so – see or meet you soon down the arts.


Gemma XX

P.S. The last two courses of the ‘current’ act up start this Saturday 6th June, act for screen run by brilliant film director Jesse Quinones and the act for course that starts on Saturday 13th June, aimed at anyone that wants to become a professional actor.

May 21, 20150

1 – When did you first know you wanted to become an actor?

I first knew I wanted to be an actor after a few weeks of wanting to be a vet, then a footballer then a pilot. I realised I was interested in the variety of different people and their lives. The second time was performing two lines in an amateur production of half a sixpence. Those two lines were met with riotous laughter every night and from that moment I was hooked.

2 – What did you first do about it?

I took every class I could and aimed myself at London and an established drama school to surround myself in the industry and like minded people.

3 – When did you first call yourself a professional actor?

I first called myself a pro when I signed with my agent off the back of my drama school showcase.

4 – Has it met your expectations being an actor?

It hasn’t met my expectations because if it does it stops you being hungry for it. There is always a new goal, something new to strive for. And I guess, I didn’t know what to expect in the first place!

5 – What are your hopes for the future of the acting profession?

My hopes are for the industry to keep telling important stories, silly stories, funny stories, but stories of quality using people of quality regardless of class, creed, age or gender and that it is driven by talent not by privilege nor quota.

May 15, 20150

1 – When did you first know you wanted to become an actor?

Honestly, I can’t remember ever wanting anything else. I mean, I probably went through phases same as everybody else, but even my inarticulate childhood ideas about a career involved acting. The idea of it has changed, but the concept stayed.

2 – What did you first do about it?

I was always in the school plays, role playing with my friends, the that sort of thing. I encountered a lot of dissuasion early on, but I knew it was a valid path and that I wanted training. For a couple of years I flew back and forth from Denmark to audition for drama schools until I finally moved over here to see where life would take me. To Act-Up, as it turns out 🙂

3 – When did you first call yourself a professional actor?

When I set up my Twitter profile about a month ago. Until then, I’d only identified myself as such to likeminded people, and even then, apologetically. Now I own it!

4 – Has it met your expectations being an actor?

The love of the work and the process has, absolutely, but then I never doubted that part. As far as the expectation of being a working actor it’s still a bit too soon to really answer that, but I’m very excited about experiencing everything there is, good or bad.

5 – What are your hopes for the future of the acting profession?

An end to inequality, sexism. Actually, not just in our profession. On a global scale. Too much?