…Help others, you may be competing with one other, but it is not a cutthroat industry if you don’t let it be. Follow your heart, don’t let negativity get to you, and when it comes to auditions, know what the casting director wants, be yourself and don’t try too hard as that will make you look desperate, and dress the part not the costume. Be kind to one another!
As a part of my interview series with popular culture stars, I had the pleasure of interviewing Amanda Woodhouse. Classically trained, Amanda is a very talented actress and has been acting since she was a child. Amanda was born in a small town called St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada which is near London Ontario. She is best known for her role as Lisa Noris in the 2018 season 4, episode 10 of Paranormal Survivor.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
What brought me to this career path is I have always loved performing, whether it was in live theatre or television and film. My dad was a comedian and performer, and I always looked up to him, bless his heart. My long term goal is to make it as a working actor in both Canada & the US and all around the world!
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
By learning the ins and outs of the industry and pushing myself, I landed the agent I had been trying to get in for almost two years, by sending her all my info after being told they were “not looking right now” or “we have someone similar to your look”. She referred me to her colleague who is an agent and I sent all my stuff to him by email but did not hear anything. Then, one day I messaged the agent on Instagram asking if her colleague received anything. Long story short, she said to send it to her and she will have a look at it, a few weeks later I was called in for a meeting and I ended up getting the agent I originally wanted. It was meant to be!
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
When I landed my first audition, my agent at the time, told me to dress casual and I showed up to the audition and the look was to dress sexy. They had extra wardrobe to change it to, which were 80s clothes and I found that quite funny and embarrassing. I live and learn from those mistakes and just keep moving forward. I love auditioning! I look at it as we are interviewing them not the other way around.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I just finished a commercial print, it was amazing how the hair stylist did my hair Viking style. I love portraying different characters and playing all kinds of roles. When I am on set, I am transformed into that person/character.
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
I have interacted with Kim Coates who is a Canadian working actor and is very talented. I asked him for advice on how he got to where he is today. He told me just to be myself, keep up with working on my craft and read my lines over and over until it doesn’t seem like lines anymore. I also have mentors who are working actors which is always good to have as my go to.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
I always tell other actors to do their research and always keep working on their craft. A person never stops working out if they want good results and it’s the same with acting by working on your craft to better yourself. I tell them to help others, you may be competing with one other, but it is not a cutthroat industry if you don’t let it be. Follow your heart, don’t let negativity get to you, and when it comes to auditions, know what the casting director wants, be yourself and don’t try too hard as that will make you look desperate, and dress the part not the costume. Be kind to one another!
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
If I were to start a movement, I would help beginner and intermediate actors put a package together by getting them started by knowing what to put on their resume, how to go about networking & connecting with the right people, have a professional webpage etc. I would save them from spending lots of money and running into scams!
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
A proper format of a resume, it took me a long time to learn what I now know. When I first started, I knew nothing about agents and would pay a big lump sum of money just to have them. Having your own website is important because it shows how serious and professional you are in this business. Being an actress is not just an art it is a business, because you need to have a portfolio and package put together to represent yourself to agents and talent managers. I wish I knew long ago what kind of acting classes I needed to have to further myself. It is important to show every aspect of your talent on any acting sites like Actors Access, Casting Workbook and so on.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
Go big or go home! What I mean by that is take your career all that way to the top and going home would be as if you’re a quitter. Amanda Woodhouse is not a quitter!
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
One of my many acting coaches I would say I look up to is the great Hollywood Talent Manager Wendy Alane Wright. I took her online Hollywood Winners Circle which helped me a lot and showed me how to put a perfect portfolio together. It is a game changer and I would recommend her to anyone. She knows her stuff and doesn’t mess around. I look up to her as a mentor and as a talent manager.
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂
I would love to meat Pamela Rabe. She is an Australian-Canadian actress, well known for the TV show Wentworth playing Joan Ferguson. I find her to be an amazingly talented actress, her performance is amazing and she does a lot of plays as well. I would look up to her as my mentor. My second pick would be Cathy Bates. She is also a very talented actress, no matter what role she does, she has it, and the transformation blows me away. I would have to say Misery is my favorite movie by her.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Actors Access: https://resumes.actorsaccess.com/amandawoodhouse
Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!