A look into the exciting life and career of performer Danielle McCormack. Here's what she had to say:
Please introduce yourself to the readers:
I’m Danielle and I’m an actress and singer/songwriter from London, England. I was born in Yorkshire and moved to London at the age of 11 to pursue my acting career. Since then I have worked on many stage, television and film productions, as well as also being an established singer and host with numerous residencies in London. A trained classical dancer, I’ve also been lucky enough to dance with Wayne Sleep and The Royal Ballet and perform at the Royal Albert Hall and Buckingham Palace for the Queen!
How and when did you first get into performing?
When did I ever not perform?! I was always a strange child, ready to sing at every family function and never needing a reason to drape myself over the furniture in a dramatic fashion. School plays, dance shows, the school playground, you name it. If there were people watching, I wanted to put on a show….
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
As a kid I grew up watching the old musicals, so Liza Minnelli and Julie Andrews were my absolute idols. My grandfather also had a great record collection so I taught myself to sing listening to all the jazz and big band greats: Ella, Billie, Julie London. I wanted to be just like them, singing in some smoky jazz club in an amazing dress. I lived in a complete fantasy world and luckily for me, my mother and my grandfather encouraged it.
What kind of training have you done?
When I was little I did the usual dance classes but it wasn’t until I was 11, when I was awarded a 100% scholarship by The Stage Newspaper to attend the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School, that I had any sort of formal training. It was while I was there, that I got my first big role in Oliver! at The London Palladium, directed by the Oscar-winning Sam Mendes.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
That’s such a hard one! I have honestly been so lucky over the past 15 years and I’ve had some really amazing roles but I think it would have to be ‘Mel’, in the multi-award winning My parents are Aliens, that has been my real career highlight. It was a major role for me. It ran for 6 series, we filmed over 100 episodes and it achieved global recognition, being played on channels such as Nickelodeon and BBC America. I learned so much about my craft on that show, and about myself. It wasn’t just a highlight of my acting career but it has been a huge part of my life. I formed some amazing bonds with some amazing people and it was an experience that I will never forget.
What projects do you have coming up?
At the moment I am concentrating on finishing my first official album, which is very exciting for me. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my writing and I want to get it just right.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
I would LOVE to work with Christopher Walken. He’s just the most incredible actor. I just think it’s the way he submerges himself fully in whatever part he’s playing. He was brilliant in True Romance. It's my favorite movie and he’s a big part of the reason why.
What are your plans for the future?
I’d like to get my teeth into a really great film role but I’m also currently working on a one-woman show; a little comedy, a little music, a lot of drama and a large number of costume changes!
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
You need to love it and I mean really love it! Performing is one of the hardest jobs you can do. One day you’ll be elated and on top of the world, the next you’ll feel like you’re at rock bottom. You can’t play at being an actor so you have to decide how much you really want it. If you really want it then you just have to get out there and show them what you've got!