I can assure you that my acting skills are far better than my diary-keeping skills! Apologies for the long pauses between posts... My intention is to document as much as I can however time has been spread somewhat thinly for me.

This past month has been a month of immense changes, all positive, and some serious learning curves. Again, all positive. It has been a month of making it to recalls, final twos, fourth rounds of auditions and however close fate tempts to dangle a bone in front of me.

Not booking the jobs can always been seen as a negative, but scientifically it's an opportunity to rewire circuits that need improvement. I can compare it hugely to a video game level you just can't quite pass despite your best efforts... you need just that one little improvement and slightly faster skill to make through.

That's what I'm working on. The fact that I am making it to recalls means that I'm doing something right, and I'm about to do something better.

Lessons to share:

Think 'American'. The actors over the pond have their skills honed more than us Brits do, and it's them we are competing with for international jobs. Let's raise the bar a little.

The only other thing that I can stress is confidence. If you don't think you are capable of doing the job then no one else will. The industry is not a place for students who are eager to learn and earn brownie points with casting directors/directors, they want someone who is going to create art. Can someone make money out of the art you are creating?

- Taya De La Cruz

26th August 2012