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It’s 1999 all I’ve ever wanted to do with my life is act. It’s been 3 months since I left Uni to try acting for a year (In my naivety, I thought a year was enough) I’m about to start the pilot of Metrosexuality which is called Heterosexuality and I think I’m untouchable.
How very wrong I was.
I asked if I could audition because the whole point of me going full time in the gym was to try and get into acting somehow with a flexible job like this I could get it done. I was kind of too old to play a 16 year old, but he told me if I could look young then I could go along.
Cue-shaving face-head and legs (shut up)
Anyway, because there is only so far a gym wage can take you, after bills and living, and because for whatever reason I’d spent a lot of money that month, I could only really get a bus one way.
I decided to get the bus there so I wouldn’t arrive sweaty. I smacked the audition and was walking home when I got the call that the CH4 producers were happy for me to be the lead. I had no agent or anything but it was a job… A start.
Weirdly though, I thought that was it. Like a lot of young actors do, I thought that was it, and once you were in you would just be doing films and TV whenever you wanted. I never really thought about the rejection after rejection, after rejection, after rejection, after rejection, after rejection, after rejection, that you get as an actor. Truth is 90% of actors don’t work.
It’s hard. You have to want it, because it’s you. Because it’s all you are… Not for fame or money or anything like that. It has to be a part of you.
Anyway, so the job itself was great. I didn’t think it would ever become a series, but after the pilot channel 4 commissioned a 6 part series and Metrosexuality was born.
It was a vibrant colourful show straight from Rikki’s mind. he acted, wrote and starred in it and it is from him that I take a lot of my work ethic. It was also the first time I met a mr Mark Davis (4321) and a young lady called https://twitter.com/preeyakalidas
We became friends and have been friends ever since. Not a lot of people know that.
Being a multi cultural, multi sexual show, the show itself caused some controversy and I had a lot of shallow so called friends dropped off, not really wanting to associate with guy in the “gay” show.
It was tough round the manor and I did think about not doing it. I was never scared to be an individual, my mum taught me that. But that’s when me and my real boys, actively started our fuck em mindset. “it ain’t even an issue, you ain’t with me, I do my thing myself”. (Big Up PHIL, DES, GEOFF, and DAVIE)
So once I came to my senses my mindset was this. In the future are any of these people telling me not to do this job going to pay my bills for me?
NO! So Fuck em! (more on them hater… Sorry later)
So I did what I wanted to do. I did the show and enjoyed every minute of it. I still chat to Rikki and still shout him in interviews. If it wasn’t for him putting his faith in a gym instructor/wanna be actor I would not be here today. (maybe literally) I definitely wouldn’t be doing the job I’m doing.
I love the show… it was the beginning of my career, and once I realised that unless you land lord of the rings, no first job is really gonna put you where you strive to be… It was a learning experience that was the beginning of my plans.
Metrosexuality - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212216/
Official site http://www.noelclarkeofficial.com/noelclarke/