“I know this feeling all too well. It’s almost like people with anxiety pursue the creative industry.”
NAME: Clyde Boraine
NATIONALITY: African and Asian
CREDITS: Trip For Biscuits, Neighbours, Angry Boys, Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows
Interview by Joanne Kmaid
True or false – Actors carry a sense of egoism…
True to a certain degree. Actors need to have some self-belief and with that comes confidence. It’s hard not to fall victim to egoism when you’re on-set and everyone is focused on you. Unfortunately, some actors tend to let it go to their head more than others.
What makes a great actor stand out in a crowd?
I believe someone who works hard always stands out, no doubt about it. More so, an actor who comes prepared and has done their homework shines against those who haven’t.
You’ve worked in film and radio. Which do you prefer?
Film all the way! For me, film lets you explore further than yourself whilst radio contains a single personality. The one plus radio has is that I can show up in my sweat pants and no one would notice or care.
Do you pursue roles that clash or complement your nature?
I do love a challenge, so chasing and working on something I’m not used to is always fun. In saying that though, I know what I’m good at and I have no problem being typecast, with limitations, at this stage of my career.
No one is exempt from it, but anxiety seems to linger within the film industry. What are your thoughts?
I know this feeling all too well. It’s almost like, people with anxiety pursue the creative industry. Either that or being creative with a limited outlet causes anxiety. A lot of actors feel it and deal with it due to putting pressure on themselves to book a role and support themselves financially. People should just work at it and enjoy their talents.
Is it wiser to chase opportunities or let your agent do the running?
Definitely chase! Those who wait for the phone to ring will end up waiting a long time. All the successful actors I know are constantly proactive. If the phone does not ring, then start writing; even if you’re not a great writer, that’s okay, but do something. Start somewhere and keep chasing.
What is your dream role?
I’m a massive comic book guy, so I’d love to take part in a superhero franchise. Apart from that, it would be awesome to work with my favourite directors – Martin Scorsese and Guy Ritchie.
What has been a highlight in your life?
To date, it would have to be my time on the TV show, Angry Boys. That project gave me drive and passion to keep chasing a career in film. Before then, I wasn’t sure if acting was truly my thing.
Has your acting world been supportive or competitive?
Very supportive from close friends and family. I count myself lucky and blessed to be surrounded by constant support.
Does it help to have a sense of humour when things don’t go your way?
Definitely! Early on in my career, I used to get really down and upset after an unsuccessful audition, but now, I just laugh it off. There’s nothing more I can do, so I have learnt to leave it all in the room and keep moving.
What is a typical day for you?
I’m big on health and fitness, so most of my meals are calculated and consumed around the same time every day. If there’s no audition, I will work on one of the projects I’m developing or work at my regular job. Then I wind down with a 2-hour gym workout and usually end the day with a film or TV series.
Should one avoid unpaid work or does that lead to openings?
I had this conversation with an actor friend not long ago. My opinion is that early on, unpaid work is fine and even later on it can be considered. If someone with a good script and a professional team approaches me, I’d happily work for free if it suits my schedule… Then there are those who want me to shoot a full feature film unpaid or a student film with no budget, and I just don’t see enough value in it for me. At the end of the day, actors need to be smart and pick projects that further their career.
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