Charlot Daysh - An Actor’s Online Presence Has Been Said To Be Somewhat Like A 24/7 Audition (Actor, Canada)


Self-care is key. You need to actively take care of your body and mind. Life truly is only as good as your mindset, and our body is the only place we have to live

1. Tell us about your background and journey.  

I was born and raised in Stavanger, Norway. My mother is Norwegian and my father is English. I always loved watching performers, they captivated me. I told my mother early on that I wanted to do the same. I landed my first part in a musical when I was 4.5 years old, and went on to perform in a new musical every year for almost a decade. 

When I was 11 years old, my friend Joakim Haukaaas and I wrote a song and submitted it to the televised singing competition “Melodi Grand Prix Jr.” We got selected and ended up winning. We then represented Norway in the Junior. Eurovision Song Contest. The years after held performances across the country, and I released an album. While still singing and working on songwriting projects, I started doing more acting. 

Over the span of my career I have been fortunate enough to work on a range of film and television productions in Norway, and internationally. For the last few years, I have been busy working in Toronto´s flourishing entertainment industry. Toronto is such an amazing city and Canada has become my second home.  

2. Did you ever think or dream of being an actor?  

Yes, for as long as I can remember.  

3. How can one approach their career and have the confidence and belief to become an actor? 

First of all, make sure that acting is something you really want to do because it's going to require a tremendous amount of work and dedication. It’s a tough and competitive industry, and you really need to give it you're all. Once you decide it's truly one of your life callings, get good headshots, train with strong acting coaches, find mentors, get a good agent, and make industry connections. 

Be actively engaged in your career and seek to make some progress every day. When going for auditions remember that rejection is a big and normal part of the industry, so it’s essential that you learn how to not take it personally. Be confident in who you are and what you have to offer. 

Importantly, make sure to make professionalism and conscientiousness your number one priority. Come prepared and deliver every time for auditions and when you are on set. And very importantly, always have a good attitude; because that's the kind of actor people want to work with. 

4.If not this, what would you be doing?

I think I would have wanted to be a life coach, yoga teacher and/or holistic practitioner.  

5. For a complete outsider with inroads, what advice would you like to give? 

 Put in the effort every day. Believe in yourself. Be light and treat people well. 

6. How can one take care of their mental health in this high-pressure glamorous field?  

Self-care is key. You need to actively take care of your body and mind. Life truly is only as good as your mindset, and our body is the only place we have to live. I meditate and do yoga every morning. I also exercise frequently, eat a wholesome diet, journal, take walks in nature and make sure I have downtime. All of these things are crucial for strong mental health. 

Continuously seeking to improve brain health and to keep it in a peak state is very important. The better the state of our brain, the better the state of our life because our brain literally determines everything we do.  

7.How important is social media validation in your profession? 

Firstly, one should never seek validation from social media in any profession. Self worth should come from within. However, social media can be a great tool if used right. For actors it’s a great way to build your personal brand and market yourself, to update and connect with your following, and to make connections with other industry professionals. The most important thing is to be mindful of your online presence and make sure that it doesn’t reflect badly on you. Some casting directors will absolutely look you up on social media. 

An actor’s online presence has been said to be somewhat like a 24/7 audition. When it comes to larger film projects, casting directors and marketing departments certainly pay attention to actors’ social media following and reach. In general, your social media presence is more important now than ever. The way we learn about people is by googling them, which leaves us with a certain impression. So make sure your online presence is working for you and not against you. Your social media presence and how you are managing it should support your goals and visions.  

8. What is the common misconception people have about acting?

That it’s all so glamorous. It certainly has its glamorous parts and moments but people often don't see the long hours on set, the countless sides you need to memorize, the rejection, and all the hard work that goes into auditioning and preparing for a role. It’s also a very unpredictable industry to be in. 

9. What are some of your future plans? 

I have the lead in the new feature film “Cry of Silence” set to shoot in September 2021. I will also be heading back to Norway this summer to work on some projects there and spend some quality time with family and friends.  

10. Throw some light on your YouTube channel, what is it about and why did you start it?  

I started my channel to give my following a behind-the-scenes look into my life and to share my holistic way of living. I am very passionate about wellness and empowering others and YouTube is a great platform to do that on. 

11. Which is your favorite book and why?  

I love reading and I have so many favorites, but one of them is Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins. It offers incredible insights, advice, and strategies on how to live life as your best self.

Charlot Daysh

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- Interviewed By Pearlina Marie Rein