actor interview series | josephine helen
She has never watched Titanic but has met the Queen! Meet Actress and Singer Josephine Helen
Josephine recently came to our London studio for her new actor headshots. A graduate of Chichester University’s Triple Treat course, she is now in London, looking for an agent and starting her career. We spent a couple of hours getting to know her and capture a range of looks. As you can see, she can go from girl next door to a much darker look! It was lovely to meet her and I hope you like this interview with this aspiring singer and actor.
Tell us a little about yourself….
I’m Josephine – an Actress and Singer based in London. I’m very versatile and my casting bracket is often quirky full characters (including men and animals)…not sure what that says about my casting bracket!
Where did you study and do you think that a formal education in performance is essential to being successful?
I trained at Chichester University on the Triple Threat Course, I believe formal education is a great tool to help you get into the business but isn’t essential as often shown by individuals who are working and didn’t train. Education was essential for me in order to help me grow as a person and a performer before reaching the ‘real world’. I was taught by industry professionals who were able to guide me and show me where my strengths laid, I was also introduced to certain aspects that I didn’t know about before – immersive theatre, being self employed, Spotlight, Mandy etc.
What inspired you to be an actor / performer? Was it a person or a particular event?
Whilst growing up my sister Megan was in a wheelchair, my brother and I were always creating shows for her, or games with her – I became very creative through this. My dad also played story telling games with us – a technique I’ve since used in the business. Growing up with Megan could sometimes be tough for my family – and so we often sang to Grease songs and turned negatives into positives – I think my childhood is why I became a performer, and Megan’s with me every step of the way.
What is the hardest role you have ever played, and why?
It was a character called Jodie who recently lost her brother to suicide – she was a very tough character with a foul mouth and the worst hangover of her life, who woke up one morning to find herself locked in a toilet cubicle. I found this character challenging because I had been doing a lot of comedy running up to this, the character was very different to me, and I found it hard to tap into her raw emotions, as I think as a person those as emotions I don’t like to have. This role taught me what I am capable of and I’m looking forward to playing similar characters.
Tell us three interesting facts about yourself
I’ve met the Queen! I can do any accent on que (it’s now my party trick!) I’ve never watched Titanic. (Yep you read that right, I’m sorry.)
What is your dream role and what do you think you could bring to it?
I always find this question hard to answer, because there are so many roles I’d love to play! But I think the dream would be Penny from Hairspray, I could bring a fresh, humorous, charming and strong feel to the character – as I believe she is often ‘dummed down’ but she has a lot of inner strength and knows who she is as a person, and I think I could bring this out in her.
Do you have a job or side hustle to support your career and if so, what do you do?
Yes I do, I think all creatives do as our industry isn’t consistent for work. I’ve done a variety of things, from bar work to working with promotional agencies, most recently I was taken on by an agency who provide extra staff for nursery’s and schools.
What is your greatest claim to fame?
…Meeting the Queen! Sorry to drop that again, but you really can’t get better than good old Elizabeth!
Whats next for you? I hope to find myself a new Agent who can work with me to get me to the next step in my career, I hope to do a variety of work, from television, theatre and immersive work. Wish me luck! (And I wish you luck too) Josephine. X