The Green Room: What skills would you most like to add to the ones you have?
Meet our panel: We have given our panellists pen-names and used stock images but their biographies reflect their real career details...
Beryl Sign language. Or a really cool martial art.
Jenny Piano playing. I’ve achieved grade 4, but I so envy those who can play well.
Eoghan The ability to play a portable musical instrument – it seems every second job I want to be put up for requires it these days.
Keith Me too, Eoghan, or to be honest, just to be able to play an instrument.
Gary I wish drama school had included learning an instrument as part of the training.
Jon That’s a brilliant idea. I’m sure there are some drama schools who will be considering doing that for the general courses, as well as for specific actor-muso courses.
Keith It’s such a marketable skill. There are so many actor-muso things coming up at the moment and it’s so cool when you see a cracking actor who is also an awesome musician. It makes me very jealous.
Eoghan In many ways, I imagine from a directing/casting point of view, seeing someone extra talented makes you want to have them in more things – they seem more capable.
Gary If we’re talking about casting, it would have been useful to have foreseen the shift in fashion from natural-looking men to gym-honed men in British TV and film. I probably still wouldn’t have bothered my arse getting fit, but at least I would have known.
Beryl I’d love to learn an instrument. Cello?
Albert I think I’d really love to be able to sing really well, but I’m glad I couldn’t when I was younger, as it meant I didn’t get hived off into lots of musical chorus work.
Annie Signing, like Beryl. I would also like to be able to speak eight languages.
Jon My degree is in languages, but I can’t say it’s ever been useful professionally, because I don’t look like the (stereo)typical idea of someone who speaks those languages.
Jenny I’m learning Welsh. That’s fun.
Beryl I want to learn ventriloquism too.
Annie Beryl, we should so be pals. I would love to learn ventriloquism. Also, I was really into circus when I was younger, well – I still am – but I could have had an act together by now if I’d kept at it.
Beryl Let’s do sign language ventriloquist acts!
Albert I think I’d really like this other talent to be something that gave me parallel employment opportunities. I’m not sure if I added another talent to my performance skills it would really bring in more work.
Gary I wish I’d trained in several ways in my early 20s – things like care work or social work.
Jon Something like social work would be a really worthwhile parallel career, yes. But I also think non-professionally related skills are an interesting area. I’d love to be able to draw, for example. Just take a sketchbook somewhere quiet for a couple of hours.
Eoghan Yes, being good at something like that, a means of relaxation – and then some day it’ll probably come in weirdly useful for a job too, despite or probably because it’s a passion.
Jon It’s funny how that happens: “Why yes, I can do macrame!”