Auditions by Skype – Doncaster actor shares how the entertainment industry has changed due to the pandemic

An actor from Doncaster says that his new normal includes auditions over video calls, at home rehearsal sessions and productions without audiences.

By Laura Andrew
Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 1:53 pm

Joshua Takacs from Mexborough says his job has changed a lot in the last few months due to Covid-19.

The 32-year-old said: “I have had a lot of auditions over Skype which has been weird but good.

“I have to plan my home rehearsals around my wife who is working from home and also make sure I don’t annoy the neighbours with my singing practice.”

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Joshua Takacs is an actor from Mexbrough who is currenlty living in Malta.

Joshua is living in Malta as that is where he and his wife were living for work before the pandemic hit.

He says the country has been a wonderful place to spend the last five months.

“Most people are wearing masks in shops which I know has been a problem in other countries around the world.”

Joshua was set to play a role in the Matilda in Malta theatre show this year but it was cancelled due to Covid-19 and postponed to next year.

He said: “The show was in fantastic shape just before the announcement of the lockdown in Malta.

“We completed a full run through, so we had a show ready just needed an audience.

“It's such a shame for some of the children as they won't be able to be in it next year due to voice breaks and growing.”

Joshua was also set to perform in Christmas pantos in the UK this winter but they have been cancelled too.

Despite the setback, he is optimistic about his acting career.

“Things in Malta are slowly starting to get back to normal but there are still not many jobs for singers and actors.”

His only concern is the lack of an audience in post-pandemic productions.

He said: “Without an audience in the room it's going to be very difficult to tell if a joke lands or if they’re enjoying your singing.

You can follow him on social media here.

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