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Behind the Lens #4: Lisa Bridge!

An absolute super star with heaps of experience in musical theatre, Lisa Bridge knows exactly what she’s talking about when it comes to this industry. Read below to find out what makes Lisa such a success.

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Let’s start with something fun to set the scene! What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?

When I was 10 years old I wanted to be a famous tap dancer and dance in all the black and white films, until I realised they didn’t make black and white films anymore… a tragic day. So then I moved into wanting to be either John Travolta or Olivia Newton John in Grease. I used to watch the video on repeat and sing along with my karaoke mic singing all the parts. I  watched the video so much my dad recorded over it so I would stop singing the house down everyday. I hasten to add that did not stop me!

Is there a specific moment in time that made you realise “yes! I want to be an actor!”

I’ve always loved dressing up and pretending to be other people, but the moment I realised I wanted to be an actor was when I played Maria in West Side Story at school. Harnessing that emotion through song, and conveying a story through words and music made me feel alive … I thought hmmm I like this feeling. Is it possible to do this for a living?

What was your first gig? What have been some of the more memorable ones since then?

My first professional job was Guildford Pantomime directed by Christopher Luscombe.  I remember covering illness over the Christmas period and had to play the princess, a dancing carrot and the back end of Daisy the cow all during one performance!  Charlie and The Chocolate Factory was a career highlight as it was the toughest dance swing job I have done due to the Oompa Loompa costumes being so heavy and restricting – But it was the most rewarding when playing Mrs Bucket on The Drury Lane Stage and of course working with Sam Mendes. Bend It Like Beckham the musical I adored.  I loved the fusion of Indian and contemporary musical theatre score,  along with the celebration of London’s mix of cultures within the piece. I really enjoyed being a part of the creative process and for all the football skills learnt from the Tottenham Hotspur ladies football team. 

What did it feel like the first time you saw yourself on TV?

I’ve seen myself in commercials and musical appearances but am yet to play a role on a series or film. That will be a proud day indeed, although I’m sure I’ll be watching through my hands with an extremely critical eye. Bring on 2023 for castings!

Do you still get stage fright going on stage? Any tips to help with nerves?

Anxiety definitely gets worse later in life but at the same time you don’t put as much pressure on performances as you once did.  If I’m particularly nervous I put on my imaginary protective armor, slow down my breathing, remind myself why I’m doing what I’m doing and pretend that all my most supportive friends and family are standing next to me, cheering me on.

If you could be on screen or on stage with any actor/actress, who would it be and why?

Julia Davis. I love her. I think the characters she writes and plays are so layered and off the wall. I would love to improvise with her. 

What are you up to presently?

I’m currently singing at Thursford Christmas Spectacular. It’s been Christmas for me since September!

If you weren’t acting, what else do you think you’d be doing for a career?

I’ve just qualified as a wedding and funeral celebrant and excited to start in the new year alongside my acting career.  But in the future I’d like to live off grid and become a herbalist. 

Have you had any notable mentors in the industry?

Since working with Paul Whitehouse on Only Fools and Horses,  he has been a huge inspiration to me. His nuggets of comedy gold advice and direction have been invaluable to me. 

Can you offer 3 helpful tips for newbies trying to make it in the acting industry?

  • Resilience and determination are traits that you must have to be successful in this industry. 
  • Be true to yourself and sure of yourself.
  • You never know where the smallest job or connection may lead, so always stay humble, open and eager to any opportunity that comes your way.

And now…onto the more serious questions!

If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose, and why?

To fly would be incredible, to enjoy the panoramic beauty of the world. 

If you got to choose a song that would play every time you entered a room, what song would you pick?

I love you B****,  Lizzo

And finally….If you were a brand, what would your slogan be?

Unique blend of wild nature

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