The 98% is a podcast that will make you laugh, nod along in agreement/frustration, bring you comfort and help remind you that you are not alone in an industry that can, at times, feel impossible.
We started The 98% because we felt that the daily frustrations of being an actor had to be kept under wraps. In a time where social media is taking over, actors feel like they have to constantly be "on" and any signs of vulnerability or broadcasting the times you're not on set or in a rehearsal room seem nowhere to be seen, for fear of being viewed as not a 'proper, working actor.' But with only 2% of actors earning £20,000 a year from acting work that leaves 98% of us with uninspiring day jobs, less than 24 hours to learn 10 pages of script for an audition, trying to figure out how to pay for our Spotlight subscription and waiting for the phone to ring...only our stories are never heard. Whilst listening to interviews with actors who are well known can be interesting and inspiring, their stories of the hard times are usually looked back on in hindsight. We are in the thick of the hard graft, laughing and lamenting about the realities of being an actor. Being part of The 98% may mean that we aren't working consistently but there's still a lot of laughs, lessons and value in our experiences...and we're here to share them.
Series 1 episodes
S1E01 - Introduction
S1E02 - 'Resting Jobs'
S1E03 - Agents
S1E04 - Mental Health In The Industry*
S1E05 - Resilience and Keeping The Faith*
S1E06/7 - Auditions*
S1E08 - Advice For Graduates
S1E09 - Musical Theatre*
S1E10 - Special 10th Episode!
S1E11 - Drama School
S1E12 - Commercial Castings
S1E13 - Working For Free*
S1E14 - Directors*
S1E15 - Being A Woman In The Industry
S1E16 - Moving On From Acting*
S1E17 - Season Finale
+ Bonus Callback episodes and Tipsy Truth episodes
*Episodes include interviews with guests and industry professionals
Listen to the individual theme songs we write and perform for each topic covered in episodes here!
Series 2 episodes
In Series 2 of The 98% we are introducing “Green Room Episodes” where we talk to members of The 98% about experiences perhaps more unique to them. However, we aren’t here to list of their CV’s and acting triumphs - you can use google for that! We’re hear to explore the experiences around their journey as an actor and they are valid coming from someone with a jam packed CV, or not!
S2E01 - We’re Back!
S2E02 - Body Image*
S2E03 - Self Tapes*
S2E4 - Green Room - Elliot Langridge and being a dyslexic actor*
S2E5 - Making Your Own Work*
S2E6 - Green Room - Robyn Holdaway and being a non binary actor*
S2E7 - Masculinity and Sexuality*
S2E8 - Green Room - Mike Rogers and being a viral twitter sensation*
….More to be revealed!
Listen to The 98% wherever you get podcasts, including Spotify, or on our website here!