Well-being and the television actor: challenges and coping strategies

Hogg, Christopher and Smith, Charlotte (2018) Well-being and the television actor: challenges and coping strategies. In: Exploring Television Acting. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781474248587

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This chapter explores the complex nature of health and well-being for actors working in the contemporary British television industry. Through the analysis of interviews conducted with three female actors at different stages in their television careers, the chapter seeks to identify and better understand some of the factors which impact upon their health and well-being. Moreover, the chapter considers a number of individual differences that mediate the degree to which such factors are experienced as stressful and influence the development and employment of coping strategies. In addition to identifying a number of key coping mechanisms currently employed by these television actors, the chapter’s findings indicate that there is a need to address deep-rooted barriers to providing and seeking support presented by the existing industry culture. Consequently, the chapter calls for psychological well-being to be afforded the same level of significance and attention as physical health for television actors.

Keywords:Well-being, Television, Acting, Mental health, Stress, Coping strategies, Industry culture, Interviews
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N600 Human Resource Management
W Creative Arts and Design > W410 Acting
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P301 Television studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:13 Sep 2017 13:55

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