Realised I haven't blogged for a while so here is a quick update.
It's been a real struggle the last few months, some of you may or may not know that my Mum lost her brave battle with cancer in June. I think it's fair to say it's been the single most devastating experience of my life. My mum was more than a parent to me, she was my best friend and part of my life every single day. They say time is a great healer but if I'm honest, it gets harder. I know that's not a great thing to say but I'm sure anyone else who has experienced this kind of loss will understand. I'm lucky, I have a great husband and son alongside a close knit family and lifelong friends that have been helping me through this process, so I'll keep taking each day as it comes 💗
Despite all this the show must go on and I've had a few shoots recently, one being for a pro-biotic brand (like an Activia!). It was certainly one of the more unusual shoots I've ever done, I'd say it was more of a movement piece that included lots of physical theatre...the only twist being was that I had to do this in a morph suit.
Yes a morph suit.
We had to enact all kinds of internal 'activity' and no the suits weren't flattering, and no it wasn't always my dream to be in a commercial enacting bloating and flatulence! Whatever pays the bills though sometimes ;) :)
From commercials to photoshoots, I was delighted to be asked to go and shoot for Panasonic's latest product. As always with tech campaigns you're not allowed to take any behind the scenes pictures but I can tell you it was a lot of fun and the gadgets are very cool!
On a completely different note, my hubby and I ran our first ever Film Festival on the 19th of August, in case you don't know we run a boutique digital creative agency called Bou Mou Productions (www.boumou.com) and this was in conjunction with local brand Wheels and Fins. Wheels and Fins is an amazing event here in Kent and we were able to offer digital and creative support to Dave Melmoth and his team to bring films from all around the world to further enhance their brand's reach and presence globally.
We do video production, digital amplification and can run live activations for brands and companies looking to enhance their online presence and also really engage with their audience.
It was a really fab day and we had films from 13 countries in our final selection of 21 films. Some pictures below.
I've also been auditioning like mad, so hopefully a few irons in the fire including a new developing feature film. Here I am outside the Cockpit Theatre near Edgware Road, London.
If you get a chance please check out the crowd funding campaign from Robo Films (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ripper-tour-london#/) , this macabre tale is a reimagining of the Jack the Ripper story starring Lynn Lowry, Dudley Sutton and myself!
That's it from me for now!
I know it’s been some time since I’ve blogged, and sadly for good reason. It's not something I feel comfortable talking about publicly at the moment but I’m heartbroken to say my beautiful Mum recently passed away. After the most brave of fights for just over a year she lost her battle to cancer.
The pain is still very raw and I'm finding things very hard but I know my Mum would want me to carry on so I am (I have to) and I can do this with the support of my wonderful husband, son, family, friends and of course my wonderful Dad. I will maybe write a more personal blog dedicated to my Mum when the time feels right in the future. 💗
Before this devastating news I found myself at the film premiere of one of my latest short films Bad Friday (Jason Read/2017) produced by the amazing duo at Misty Moon, Stuart and Jen Morris. The Premiere was at a great central London venue called the Phoenix Arts Club, right in the heart of theatre land near Shaftesbury Avenue. First we watched the hilarious new play by writer/ actor David Barry (The Life and Times of Frankie Abbott) who brought back to life his character from hit 70s show Please Sir!
After that (and a few glasses of wine) it was time for the film to be screened to the full house (help!). The film was awash with iconic talent - original blonde bombshell (and star of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) Vera Day and Quadrophenia’s Gary Shail! Also, any modern horror fans would have had their fix of Emma Dark who had a starring role too! The evening was topped off by some stars watching in the audience too with Lovejoy’s Dudley Sutton in attendance, me and the hubby managed to get a few snaps…well, it would be rude not to!
From film premieres to commercial shoots, I was delighted to see my latest commercial on TV the other day! My son Hugo (aged 4) couldn't quite work out what I was doing on the telly, bless him. It was for MyBeautyMatches and I was advertising the face wash!
Talking of Hugo, my little man made his debut in his first ever official photoshoot for the Boots Mini Club Christmas range last week! His first ever casting and he only goes and gets it!! I need some of his luck me thinks... I can't put any pictures out yet but I will do once the range has been launched! He is following in his Mummies footsteps as my poster campaign is out now! Final picture below.
A real high point in a difficult time was making my feature film debut, I got to work on Breezeblock Productions latest feature film Relentless alongside Steven Murphy. It was shooting on location in Bournemouth and we had a great day for filming. It was great to finally work with Steven, Tiffany and the super crew they put together, I felt the scenes went well so hopefully they'll make the final cut!
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It's been a while since I last blogged and I have had a really busy few weeks!
As an actress I have always loved the idea of transforming for a role, Cate Blanchett is one of my icons as she completely envelops the character and is not afraid of the transformation and playing against type!
So....I was delighted when I got a phone call from award winning (Raindance!) indie film maker Marc Price to ask if I would like to play a zombie (a gold one I might add) in a new commercial for Last Empire War Z with internet star Julius Dein, yes there is a pecking order even where zombies are concerned.. 😉😂 Anyway being a gold zombie meant I got the works, prosthetics, make up, costume and it took just over two hours in total to complete the look (no jokes please)!
Someone told me, "You looked like Charlize Theron...." I basked in the huge compliment for a second before they continued with "...in Monster!" Anyhow , the shoot was a blast! I loved every minute of it and here are a few pics and a short video below...
I also got the opportunity to work on a short film produced by the amazing Misty Moon team Stuart and Jen Morris called Bad Friday! It was such a good afternoon, really fun script and I was in the company of writer and lead actor Dave Barry, Gary Shail ( Quadrophenia), Vera Day ( Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) & Emma Dark (award winning director/actress) so it felt great to be part of the team. Stuart and Jen are super lovely, and I'm delighted to be working with them again in the Autumn! Some snaps below :)
I did a nice little European commercial shoot with the gorgeous Darcy recently! She was such a star having recently finished a one year run as Young Cosette in Les Miserables in the West End and such a little pro! Talent and beauty...well you can't complain about that can you?! It's always lovely to work with young talented children! A few pictures of the day below
Lastly, I have recently been shortlisted for a feature film to be shot in the Summer so fingers crossed!
Thanks for reading and blog again soon!
Well 2017 has got off to a very busy start this year! I have been going to lots of castings recently through my new agent and I'm really pleased with how things are going, I'm still waiting on a couple of commercials so fingers crossed! Talking of castings I have just had some new headshots done and I'm pleased with them. The last ones I had were taken a few years ago so I had to admit to myself that I had actually aged...haha! A couple of them below. Let's hope they get me more work! :)
Work wise I have just finished two great indie film projects. You may or may not know that my hubby is a Director/Producer and we believe making independent films is a sure way of keeping the great British film industry fresh and alive. The budget isn't always great but being part of something you love is a bonus for any actor! I played an army general in the first one (a family drama with a military theme) and a grieving widow in the second. Needless to say I feel pretty emotionally wrecked today!!! :/ A few behind the scenes below.
From films to photoshoots, I did a great photo shoot for the amazing artist Jonathan Wateridge in 2015. He is a super talented painter and the pictures below are some of me that he painted! I think you can buy them...but don't worry you can't see my face so you wouldn't have to have my mug looking at you everyday ;)
Before I sign off me and the hubby have launched our own boutique production company Bou Mou Productions! Please do take a look at the website. I can't take any credit for the work as its all down to Mark! 😘
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With 10 days left until Christmas the official countdown has now begun! Hugo (who is now 3) is super excited and has been getting up around 5.30am every morning to go downstairs to bring me and his Daddy his advent calendars to open... Help!! 😉
I am really looking forward to 2017 work wise, firstly I have just signed with a brilliant agency called Beresford Management! I'm delighted they wanted me on their books as they have some great actors in prime TV shows so hopefully next year will bring more opportunities work wise, this profession is extremely competitive so I just feel very lucky that I get to work as often as I do!
Talking of work, my husband and I are going to officially launch our boutique production company Bou Mou Productions shortly. We already have a feature film in development which picked up an award for best screenplay at a festival recently, Mark did a read thorough with some very talented actors at the BFI in London and we are planning to do a FB page too so please do like the page and keep updated when we share it!
Finally I had a cameo appearance in a great film recently. In this one I was the saucy secretary complete with 80s style specs. It was freezing cold as we filmed it in an empty library on a cold day so don't be fooled into thinking this is a glamorous job... Haha.. A few pics below.
So it leaves me to say, thanks again for reading and supporting me, I'm looking forward to sharing more adventures with you all in 2017... Oh and to anyone with kids, Tom Hardy will be reading the CBeebies bedtime story on New Years Eve. You're welcome.. 😜
Happy Christmas everyone.
Lots of love
With Christmas approaching I can't believe how busy the last couple of weeks have been for me, no such thing as winding down yet! ;)
It's been a really varied couple of weeks of work since my last blog, with Corporate shoots and then two amazing Commercial shoots.
I last worked for Neopost Technology back in January and I was delighted when they called me back in to do some more filming for them. It was a video campaign for their new franking machine so not the most glamorous but they really looked after me and I hope to get more work them in 2017!
From franking machines to beauty campaigns, I was delighted when the amazing My Beauty Matches company cast me in there first television advertising campaign. I was one of three actors that they used and I had a blast! Below are a few pics from the shoot plus a boomerang video that the client took...
I was also up in Loughborough filming a nice little online Christmas Commercial, it was very cosy and the little boy that played my son was just adorable! I wasn't needed for long...the Dad and Son were the leads and if you blink you'll probably miss me. Not to worry, I had a super time :) Below are a couple of behind the scenes pics from the shoot ... I can't give to much away!
Now as a huge lover of film and particularly the horror genre, I first watched Alien and Aliens when I was a little girl. I became an avid fan from that moment on, so it will come as no surprise to you when I discovered Aliens ( Directed by James Cameron) was being shown at The Royal Albert Hall accompanied by a full orchestra that I jumped at the chance to go and see it!!
It was, as expected, utterly brilliant and the icing on the cake.... an unexpected appearances from the Director, Producer and the Star herself! Yes, James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver and Gale Anne Hurd were literally a stone's throw away! They also did a fitting tribute to the late great Composer James Horner, an amazing musician who has composed on some of my favourite films including Braveheart and Titanic. Below are a few pics from the night.
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With the clocks going backwards this last weekend many people were probably enjoying a nice extra hour in bed, however, those of us with pre-schoolers probably found it was an extra hour of being a mummy or daddy and no extra sleep at all! We are all playing a little bit of catch up in our household as a result! But aside from that I am looking forward to the darker evenings and soon to be Christmas lights sparkling away in the lounge :) Soooo excited 🎄🎄🎄
It's been a busy few weeks since my last blog . I did a great photoshoot recently for erm "ladies problems" (it was more glamorous than it sounds) and it was really good fun! It was shot at Bleeding Heart Studios in London with the super photographer Matt Smith. The lady that was playing my Mum was the most adorable person with a fun sense of humour, so not only was it a great shoot but I got to work with some really fun genuine people too. The client had also flown in from France especially and normally it's quite intimidating having them on set but she was lovely as well ... phew!! I I really hope to work with them all again soon.
Talking of lovely I'm positive many of you would have heard of the amazing Psychic Sally Morgan, I'm pleased to say Sally and I worked together on the latest commercial for Green Flag last month! I'm really pleased with the final advert and think it's been really well done! It's really funny :) if you fancy a look please click on the link below.
Some of you may have noticed on Facebook or Twitter that Ghost Nets won BEST LOCAL FILM at the Two Cliffs International Film Festival this last month. We are so super proud of the film and all the people that contributed and worked to make it happen...here's to more awards please!
I am working on a Corporate shoot this week and I am delighted to be in a new Beauty Campaign Commercial which we are filming in the next couple of weeks where you basically play " match.com " but with make up, not another person.. Haha!
Thanks for reading and if you want to find out what in up to on a more regular basis you can follow me on Twitter @cmounter
It's been a whirl wind of a year so far, I honestly can't believe we are in October already. I'm relishing the colder nights now lighting my candles and getting all cosy for the Winter! Not so nice when your up at goodness knows what time and it's raining but hey ho beggars can't be choosers eh! ;)
Talking of early starts I shot a great commercial recently for Green Flag Car Insurance with the amazing psychic Sally Morgan. She was so much fun and such a lovely lady, it was a send up of her psychic powers and we spent best part of the day driving around London getting heckled. It was a really fun shoot and the commercial should look great as it was shot on an Arri Alexa camera so I'm really looking forward to seeing it!
Some pics below from the shoot.
I have many loves in life and one of my biggest passions is food so I was delighted to go to yet another food festival in Canterbury, Kent recently ! We had a great time, lots of food, bubbles and my son Hugo got serenaded by the buskers! A few pics below including some of me stuffing my face below ;)
I have a couple of films doing really well on the festival circuit at the moment. Ghost Nets is having amazing success having been selected in the New York Chain Festival, the Two Cliffs Festival, Barcelona Planet Film Festival and it's also up for Best Short Film at The Misty Moon International Film Festival.
Although we were runner up we also managed to pick up a few awards at the Monkey Bread Tree Awards - BEST ACTOR for Joe Sowerbutts and BEST EDITING for Roberto Nicastro, well done guys!
That's all from me at the moment, blog again soon!
As we welcome September I am actually very excited about the Autumnal months ahead with the warm clothes, hot drinks, chilly brisk walks and conker quests! However, I'm not quite ready to let go of the warm weather quite yet, I would still like a few more weeks of sunny days and al fresco dining! :)
I was lucky enough to be cast for a shoot in Milan recently. It was a really quick turnaround of flying out, getting to my hotel room and having a LARGE glass of what tasted like prosecco (I did ask for wine - so I was delighted when I got this super sized glass!) :) :) After that I had a quick shower and got myself straight to bed; with a call time of 7am there unfortunately wasn't much of a chance to enjoy the hotel or Milan itself.
The next morning the weather was warm and surroundings beautiful and off I went to the shoot. The shoot itself was a commercial for Italian Medical Healthcare providers. It was all really good fun and quite intense as we had to fit it all in within a short timescale and I finally wrapped about 6pm! Just enough time to get myself back to the airport and back home to my family! In my opinion the best place to be in the world :)
I have a couple of films doing really well on the Festival circuit, Ghost Nets, which I did last year has now earned another Laurel from the East Coast Film Festival making that a grand total of 4! So delighted and proud to be a part of this film not only has it got a great cast and crew but my talented husband directed it and I couldn't be prouder :)
I had a great day out at the Faversham Hop Festival this weekend just gone! I went with my boys and I enjoyed a couple of cheeky drinks, some yummy food, a dance and a delightful display of hops in my hair!
You can see above Hugo (our son), he is 3 now and he loves nothing more than making "pretend" ice cream. I've had all matters of concoctions going on this last week... Vinegar, salt, pepper, banana going into the bowl, "All topped off with a bit of chocolate Mummy" he said! No surprises, the chocolate didn't make it to the bowl, reached his mouth OK though!! I am loving this age, lots of fun and laughter (and hard work!! )
We had a photoshoot together recently too which was a wonderful experience, he's a natural in front of the camera and already loves performing for us at home, can't think where he gets that from! ;)
That's it from me.
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Another busy few weeks for me, always seems a lot busier when you are trying to juggle work and motherhood all whilst doing your damn best at being a domestic goddess too.. 😜
I would say auditioning is where an actor really earns their money, it can be fun, gruelling, joyful and demoralising...sometimes all in a single day! There are many different types of audition too - from acting auditions to commercial and corporate video auditions, all requiring you to go into a different part of your acting toolbox. It's a craft and for me I'm always learning , always trying to get better. It can be very demanding learning lines and getting that focus right for a short period of time in an audition room. Never the less I love what I do so I will ( hopefully ) always be doing it!
I'm lucky that I get to do a variety of different things, I had a photoshoot the other week which was great fun - it was for a fitness company promoting a healthier lifestyle! I got to stand around and cook up some nice food whilst also reaping the benefits of being able to eat some afterwards! A few pics below :-
I was also delighted that Ghost Nets ( a film I did last year that my hubby Directed) is doing so well on the festival circuit. The film will be premiering in New York on August 11th and we have just found out that we will be in competition for Best Short Film at the prestigious Two Cliffs International Film Festival in Kent! Fingers crossed for a winner :) From an actor's point of view it is always great to see a project you were involved in fly, knowing I'll be on the big screen in the Big Apple is a buzz and makes the freezing cold days on the set worth it!
Poster below with a rather windswept lady on the front of it :p
Recently I did a shoot for an interactive experience that will be based in Kent. My role is playing the Commander, telling the gamers what to do! It was great fun and hopefully the experience should be open soon. A couple of pics below.
Before I sign off im excited to be doing a shoot in Milan in the next couple of weeks! I'll make sure I take plenty of pics and if you fancy following me on Twitter you can @cmounter I'm not that interesting but my job can be 😜
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Much love xxxxx