By Alexa Morden and Katie Elin-Salt
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A podcast for actors, by actors; The 98% explores what life is *really* like for the majority of actors and performers who, rather than trying to find an outfit for the Oscar’s, are trying to find an outfit that makes them look as close to an 1850’s aristocrat as possible for an audition in 24 hours. In a world where we only really hear from successful and well known actors it can often feel like you're the only one working a day job and changing in a fast food restaurant public toilet for an audition on your lunch break - that is not the case! We share anecdotes, interviews, advice and laugh, lament and talk openly and honestly about the real #actorslife *Disclaimer* - Our podcast does not include disturbing content (unless you count toe curlingly embarrassing stories as disturbing) but it does have some swearing which is why episodes are marked as explicit!
||Clean'Twas the night before Christmas...||Happy Christmas to all the wonderful listeners of The 98%. May 2019 bring you all that you hope for and more! Thank you for all your amazing support of the podcast this year, see you soon for Series 2! In the meantime follow @the98percentpod on...||23 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChristmas Special! With The Show People Podcast.||“3 years of actor training to Dettol Santa’s grotto.”||12 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCall Sheet||Exciting tease!! Hopefully you've missed Alexa and Katie's voices since they've been on a post season 1 break because here's 10 minutes of Alexa talking at you ending with a tease of something coming up that's exciting! Keep up to date with The 98%,...||1 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1E17 - Season Finale - "Sir Tom is off his t*ts"||The curtain falls on Series 1 of The 98%! Katie and Alexa finish off the series by telling a story that happened to them recently that absolutely sums up life in The 98% and the REAL #actorslife Keep your eyes peeled for Series 2 & in the mean...||4 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1E16 - "Life's too short to spend it feeling.......awful!"||"Never give up on your dreams!!!" But at what cost? For the penultimate episode of Series 1 Alexa and Katie talk to this weeks guests about a part of the performing industry that is rarely broadcast - moving on from acting and leaving this crazy,...||21 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1E15 - "Don't you mean acTRESS?"||Underrepresentation, stereotypical characters, less roles but more people, sexism everywhere from the casting call to the rehearsal room and spending more time worrying about if you're too tall, too small, too fat, too thin, too old, too young, too...||7 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1E14 - "You just go on the smell"||This episode is a bit over the hour mark but there's so much good stuff in it, particularly towards the end! This week Katie and Alexa speak to award winning director, Matt Holt, about various topics including the actor/director relationship, being on..||24 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1E13 - "We need to remember that we are shiny carrots."||A big issue for those in The 98% of actors is working for low or no pay. In this insightful and important episode Alexa and Katie speak to Emmanuel de Lange who is Equity's Industrial Organiser of Low and No Pay about how common this is, whether...||10 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTipsy Truths Round 2||A bonus episode where Katie and Alexa have drunk 2 bottles of prosecco, which is apparently enough for them to forget (even more so than usual) about the risk of putting your foot it in when talking openly about being an actor. t: @the98percentpod fb:..||2 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1E12 - "What IS a 'pencil'? I WILL GIVE YOU A PEN!"||This week we speak to Michael Cox, one half of Hammond Cox Casting who work on all sorts of projects but are commercial casting extraordinaire’s. Katie and Alexa ask the questions all actors think regarding commercials and lift the veil on a part of..||26 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1E11 - "Twenty of us walking around the room leading with our genitals"||Listen to what happens when Alexa and Katie drink a bottle of prosecco whilst talking about drama school. Need any more enticement than that?! What's the most ridiculous thing you did at drama school? We want to hear it!...||12 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1E10 - "#GotTheFlaps"||It's the 10th episode of The 98%! Katie and Alexa have a 'check in' chat and read out some listener emails that start them off on the sorts of musings and thoughts you must be used to hearing by now! Thank you for all the amazing emails, tweets and...||29 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTipsy Truths Round 1||A bonus episode where Katie and Alexa are a bottle of prosecco deep and telling the real happenings behind a day in the life of a jobbing actor - in this case...a last minute commercial casting. If you'd like to hear more tipsy tales let us know...||21 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1E9 - “Oh you do musical theatre? Do you ever want to try REAL acting?”||Chances are most actors first experience of watching and falling in love with theatre was bopping along to a musical. Katie and Alexa talk to this weeks guests about the musical theatre world. What goes on behind the razzle dazzle and how it differs...||15 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1E8 - “Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred headshots”||Advice for graduates||1 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1E7 - Auditioning Part 2||Leggy Actresses Required||17 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1E6 - Auditioning Part 1||"Zip Zap Boing? REALLY?!"||10 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1E5 - “We are made of friggin titanium”||“It’s a tough nut to crack isn’t it?” Muggles (non actors) say about the industry. “Yes. Yes it is.” You reply through gritted teeth. This week Katie and Alexa talk about their experiences of having to be resilient and how they got...||3 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCallback Episode 1||As promised in Episode 4, Katie and Alexa read out some inspiring stories from fellow performers. These personal accounts are worthy of their own episode rather than being breezed past in the main episode, so here is The 98%'s first mini bonus...||30 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1E4 - 1 in 3||Mental health difficulties affects 1 in 3 of us in the performing arts industry. Performing artists are twice as likely to attempt suicide, and depression is five times higher than the general population. Awareness about this issue is on the rise but...||27 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1E3 - "Joey, it's Giselle"||Advice for those looking for one, insight for those who already have one, a Q&A with some that provide helpful answers and personal stories from Alexa and Katie that will either make you laugh or curl your toes in embarrassment. We talk…*dun dun...||20 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1E2 - The Girls With The Pearl Necklace||This week we talk “resting jobs” (in heavily inverted commas!) We all have them, hate some and love others/find them mildly tolerable. Alexa clears up something that’s been literally keeping her awake at night from Episode 1, Katie...||13 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1E1 - "The acting bug is real. Disinfect your child immediately."||Before we get into structured episodes on particular topics in Episode 1 we share some general musings, stories and thoughts about being an actor. Find out what Katie does in a hair emergency pre audition, why Alexa cried at a stranger and what it...||6 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 98% Teaser||Episode 1 coming soon!||1 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
An excellent podcast!!
Alexa and Katie somehow manage to work humour, pathos and positive energy into this very amusing hour of chat. Highly recommended!
Thank God for this podcast!
So I’ve decided to use this review as my platform to thank the two girls personally, in the hope that they’ll read it.
Alexa and Katie, thank sweet six pound and seven ounce baby Jesus that you both decided to do this podcast.
The honesty, charm and frank discussion that comes at me from your show is the single piece of media that I look forward to above all every week.
You have managed to make me feel like I’m a valid part of this industry while helping me check and balance the privilege I was born with as a white male, always in a positive, constructive and progressive way.
Your stories make me laugh, your banter makes me gag(in a good Rupaul way) and the message self worth, positive action and self care is something that is so important in this modern industry so I would just like to say thank you to you both.
Congratulations on 10,000 downloads, keep controlling the controllables and keep doing what you’re doing because I can’t tell you enough how much I am rooting for you both.
All the best,
Funny, informative and so refreshing in its honesty.