BA (Hons) Acting alumnus Sherolyn Luby tells us about her career since graduating in 2012.
“Most recently I have been part of an immersive dining experience in London. It was all very top secret and hush-hush, lots of improv and a mix of food and immersion in a theme. It was good; I was playing a Victorian Lady of the manor and I had a butler which was great to bounce off. We would have groups of 16 people come around every half hour. It was great to have these different groups to work with who all bring different vibes with them.
One time Graham Norton came in with his friends and he was great to play with. When it was announced I was the Lady of the Manor, he began to clap. He was very respectful of me and my role. He and his friends had a great laugh and were calling me over and we had a great time. It’s very intense, you have to have a lot of energy and make sure you look after your vocals. Your role is to entertain and you have to be on it, people are out to enjoy themselves they’ve paid a lot of money to be part of this experience, so you have to work hard and give it your all.
The first job I did when I graduated was a performer at London Dungeon. You have about 15 characters that you play, they swap around every three hours or so. You are telling stories about Jack the Ripper and the Plague Doctor, depending on your character, to groups of 40. It’s not unlike the immersive dining experience job. The great thing about this job is that I met a network of actors in and around London. People know people and, when I went to create my show-reel with AUB Film graduates, I used friends from the London Dungeon job.
This summer I was on a TV ad for Lidl. I didn’t feel it was acting because it was all hidden cameras so I felt it used more of my communication skills and generally interacting with people. Alongside acting, I sometimes work in customer service and I felt I could really put this experience to use in this role. It was great fun. I met so many interesting characters on the set, which was a brewery in Glasgow. I have also been up in Scotland for the Fringe in 2014 – that was on my bucket list. We went to up Edinburgh to perform a production written from scratch based on the Master of Glencoe. I was working with professional and amateur actors, so that was a new experience and it was great to experience the enthusiasm of the amateurs and how they really got into it. Later we toured it to London and Frankie Boyle was testing some material before we came on, so we like to say we were supported by Frankie Boyle. It was a short run, just three nights there, but I’m so glad I did it and it was for charity too.
From what I have told you, there could appear to be loads going on and, when there is, it’s really great but there are those times when months can go by and there’s nothing. There was a time when 11 weeks went by and I was auditioning all the time but not getting anything. So you have to think about how best to use your time. You hear that you just have to deal with rejection but I think that you can also work on how you approach things. I recently put together a presenting show-reel to broaden my abilities and allow me to go for more job opportunities.”
What is your One Piece of Advice?
“In acting you learn so much and there are so many transferable skills such as communication and team building, that maybe other graduates haven’t got. These are really useful to get part-time work to support you through the times when you’re not working in acting. I think acting is not just a career, it’s a lifestyle choice. You are always working on your craft, networking, writing emails, getting head shots done, doing show-reels, meeting people, doing taxes and invoicing. It’s ok to have a night off, even if you are not in a play that week.”