Interview with Richard Price
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
From a young age, I always had an interest in acting and drama. And coming from a family that had never really done anything performance-related before, it was always challenging to explore an industry no other family member had followed. My own personal drive was only encouraged by the lack of support from the career advisors at school. As they didn’t really encourage careers in acting or television.
I absolutely love that I’m able to do something I enjoy, it’s been extremely challenging at times as you have to be very self-motivated, and put yourself out of your comfort zone. But I don’t regret any of it for a second. I feel extremely lucky that I’ve got to have such a wide variety of opportunities.
Everybody’s journey is different with acting and whilst I never went to a drama school, I put myself out there, some people learn better in those environments but I’ve been lucky to be able to gain that invaluable on-set experience from a young age, and I feel I learn more by watching and being around industry people than I ever could have from a classroom scenario.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
I think one of the most notable experiences which everybody is always interested in hearing about is being a creature performer on the popular tv series Doctor Who. It’s a show I’m extremely proud of working on a number of times now, but I honestly don’t think I’d have had that opportunity if it wasn’t for the training and experience, I got being a parade and character performer for Disneyland in Paris. My time there taught me about restrictive costumes, characterization, and movement which was invaluable when you’re doing creature work on a show like Doctor Who, it has such a huge and loyal fan base, and I feel so lucky to have been able to play such iconic characters on screen, such as multiple versions of The Cybermen, The Judoon, The Kerblam Men, and The Sniperbots, as well as Doctor Who. I’ve had many credited roles on other tv and film productions as well as uncredited roles, from speaking parts to background extra work spanning the last 25 years, which has been an amazing achievement in itself. I’m always grateful for every opportunity I’m given. And I hope it inspires other young people to follow their passions.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Always go with your gut, try and push yourself out of your comfort zone as it’s the best way to grow. Also, try not to feel intimated by those around you, whilst it can be quite daunting and competitive, you are your own person so if someone has more experience don’t let that put you off, everyone has to start somewhere a lot in the acting industry is down to the way you look, your attitude and some times more often than not, who you know, with a bit of luck thrown in, so if you’re starting out try and do as much extra work, short films and acting bits you can to broaden your knowledge.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I don’t think there’s a particular person but being with a respected agency in the industry can really help, I grew up watching a lot of soap shows and spent almost two years in my 20’s in Sydney, Australia when I was younger, that’s a funny story actually I went out to Sydney when I was 23 years old on a 5 week holiday but took out a work holiday visa at the time, in the hope of doing some tv extra work over, there, as I had a friend who was on Home and Away. Literally, I had such a great holiday at the time as the last few days approached, I remember sitting in Westfield’s with Christie Hayes who played Kirsty at the time on Home and Away and I was upset about leaving. In one of the craziest decisions, I ever made after a couple of phone calls I’d made arrangements and I decided to stay in Sydney indefinitely, I left everything at the time back in the UK and literally started from scratch, I think that decision was one of the biggest on the spot decisions I ever made but that part of my life and experience gave me so much confidence in myself as an individual and I think gave me even more faith in myself to succeed at my work. It’s something I won’t ever forget.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I like to think so, I have had some really lovely people who continually look out for me in various films and tv shows that are encouraging about what I do. I feel very lucky to have been involved in some great productions. I loved working on Cinderella 2021 during the pandemic as one of the core townsfolk, and even got the opportunity for a line of dialogue alongside Camilla Cabello being able to film during the pandemic with the rigorous amount of testing I felt extremely lucky, as film and television productions were classed as key work.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
It probably sounds cliche but you have to learn to be quite thick-skinned, for every job that’s a yes, you’re probably told 20 no’s so don’t take the rejections too much to heart. Sometimes you’re just not what they are looking for so you just have to dust yourself off and try again I guess I’m a big believer in the statement “If at first, you don’t succeed, try again”.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
They can follow my (verified) Twitter @richard_price2 or my Instagram @richard_price2.