Emma Eckton - Actress
We reached out via social media to find inspirational women, who are in the creative industry and are parents. Emma is an actress who went back to acting later on in life after having children this is her story.
I’m 42 and a mother of 3 children (18,13,10) two boys then a girl. I’m an actress who returned to the industry 5 years ago after dipping my toe into supporting work. I left college when I was 16 after a couple of months to support my mum.
I Ended up working in retail. I worked up the career ladder and finally came to a head when I couldn't go to work due to stress of doing something I don’t love.
Being on set just made sense to me and my life, I felt Happy, alive and comfortable, the eagerness just consumed me and I had to make the decision, do I live unhappy and miserable for the next 40 yrs or be brave and just immerse myself full time into building my acting career.
To financially support my career I work in events and hospitality industry which again I absolutely love. I’m building experience and credits slowly but surely. Making connections too as that’s part of the journey. Looking back I’ve had a great career so far, Being on set of Emmerdale and Coronation Street (which are both my favourite soaps) Being involved in Coldfeet was also incredible as it’s one of my favourite drama's. I was even lucky enough to work on Bulletproof.
I regularly communicate with Jason Maza and Ashley Walters after using twitter to connect with them.
I was also luckily enough to work on Boiling Point short film by Philip Barantini featuring Stephen Graham as lead.
Since Covid-19 landed all my work stopped on the 17th March and I’m so looking forward to getting back out there. I’ve also like the other ladies onboard, had to endure homeschooling! Wow that’s just so not my bag? Daily arguments about it is grounding me down some days. I’ve also used this time to enjoy my family and home like I’ve never appreciated it all before.
I have a great supportive husband who tells me to sort my s**t out if I have a monologue or selftape to prepare for. I’ve been teaching myself accents. Abit of Spanish too, reading more books and keep practice reading and sight read better.
I’m a social huggy person and can’t wait for life to get back to some sort of new normal. I feel, because I can’t see or hug people I’ve “fallen out” with everyone and I does upset me.
This hub of talent is a great idea and can only bring strength, connections and work in the near future.
At the beginning of lockdown I’ve made a short film which is available on youtube and has over 1k views! Receiving nice reviews too. Here’s the link
It’s about a grief stricken mother who’s do something terrible and can’t move on. I’ve also entered a few casting comps and selftape to show different sides to my acting. I currently attend Zoom acting classes or webinars with Act4Tv and First Take Drama School, which helps routine.
I’m a total chatter box and wear my heart in on sleeve kind of woman. I love watching and listening to people. I am dyslexic so reading and hearing isn’t my strongest way to learn. I’m a kinetic (movement) learner.
Here’s my spotlight
I’m represented by TTA in St Alburns London.
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