To celebrate our sponsorship of the wonderful Women in Film & TV UK networking sessions, we put some of their members in our Hot Seat – and who better to kick off the series than actress Anke Sabrina Beermann.
What’s been your best career moment so far?
I was selected as a Cannes Talent by the Cannes film festival in 2018. It was my first time in Cannes and I had a wonderful festival. Due to the program I had the chance to meet filmmakers from all over the world and I made many new contacts.
What’s your latest binge-watch or big screen obsession?
Winter is coming! and in winter I need Comedy! I love Call my Agent – the French humour and sarcasm are incredible. Of course Fleabag (but who didn’t love this one 😉 ) and Love Sick. I love the fact that they are so well written, that they don’t need a huge budget or fancy effects and they work.
If you could work with anyone who would it be?
Reese Witherspoon. I think she is one of the smartest people in the industry. She was willing to take the risk to produce her own projects and she made it happen. The stories she brought to life are intelligent and have amazing multi-layered female characters, an actress’s dream. Thanks to Women in Film and TV I saw her last Friday at the apple tv talk including a screening of “The Morning Show”. I really liked the series; every character was so human and multi-layered.
If you could play any character who would it be?
I would love to play Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby. I still admire and honour that movie and her character. How she first fights for her dream to become a boxer and later on for the right to decide about her own life. It is an intense, question raising and at the same time entertaining movie and after more than 15 years still an important topic.
One thing you’d tell your 16-year-old self…
Trust your gut. Because whenever I decided not to and went with my head instead, it didn’t turn out well.
What attracted you to begin a career as an actress?
Before I became an actress, I studied veterinary medicine. I’m still interested in medicine and sciences, but after not having the freedom to decide and fulfilling what others wanted me to do – after 6 years I needed my freedom. I wanted to see the world and experience how other people see it. And what gives you a better opportunity than being an actor and switching your point of view and mindset with every character?
Of all the roles you have played in the past, which is your favourite?
It’s hard to say. I think at the end of the day you love them all, a bit like your children. All of them are a part of you.
Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
Depending on what we are talking about. As an actor, you always have to be honest. Never lie. Make up a fake reality and be honest in it. In real life: Honesty is very important for me. It´s the base of every personal relationship. In business? I think it’s smart not to be too honest sometimes if it could come across brutal or it´s just not the right moment. It all comes down to how you present your point of view and sometimes it´s better to say nothing, take a step back, think about it and try to come back with a solution, instead of being too honest and direct about another persons idea, project or whatever in the first place. But if a person is asking me specifically for my honest opinion? They will get it right away 😉
In which area would you like to improve as an actor?
I would love to play more smart, intelligent, multi-layered characters in female-driven stories. I would like to work more with similar minded people, people who want to get those stories on screen, so that one day those stories won’t be so rare anymore. Tell me something I may not know from reading your resume. I´m really, really bad at loosing a game. I just hate it and I will seek revenge over and over again until I win.
Bio: Anke is an established German TV and Film actor with multiple TV series reg roles, now based in London. She was selected as a Cannes Talent at the Cannes Film Festival (2018) for her screen work throughout Europe. Anke played series reg role Amalie in one of Germany’s most popular TV series ‘Alles was zählt’, and played Charlotte in Germany’s longest running TV drama ‘Tatort’, which has featured a number of Hollywood stars including Christoph Waltz (‘Inglourious Basterds’) and Sir Roger Moore (‘James Bond’). Other screen credits include series ‘SOKO Wismar’ alongside Tom Wlaschiha (‘Game of Thrones’), ‘Frühling’ opposite Nadia Hiller (‘The Walking Dead’), series reg in ‘Kaiser! König! Karl!’, ‘Die Bergretter’, ‘Unter Verdacht’ and ‘Verbotene Liebe’ which has also starred the likes of Daniel Brühl (‘Rush’) and Joan Collins. Anke studied acting in Munich and at Ivana Chubbuck Studio in LA.
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“Please mind the gap between the train and the platform” I hear as I enter the tube for the first time on my own. I, luckily, find a seat, pop my headphones in, and start to play music to match my excitement for the day to come. This was just the beginning of a semester that I will never forget.
I am a Public Relations student pursuing a Minor in Music Studies and Film Studies at the University of Oregon who had the desire to work and live in London. So, in order to achieve that, I applied for a London Study Abroad programme that included an Internship. I was then placed at Franklin Rae Public Relations and have been loving my time here ever since!
When I am not in school, I live in my hometown of Los Angeles, California. I have had previous Public Relations internships and can confidently say that PR in London is like no other. The fast paced and dynamic environment is something I thrived on. No two days are the same and there are always a variety of tasks that need to be done and, sometimes, a curveball changes all my priorities – I’ve had to learn how to cope with that too.
From reading the trade press, learning about the UK TV industry, right through to the creative services are just some among all I got to experience at FRPR. Attending speaker events, sharpening up my writing skills, and creating content for the Instagram were some of my favourite aspects of the job. During my first week, I was tasked with creating graphics and copy for the Instagram page. This was my favourite project because I am very passionate about social media design and marketing, so this was right up my street. I have also been able to network with other women in the entertainment and PR industry, such as actors, PR executives, and even producers. Talking to these people about their work and learning more about British work culture has opened my eyes to new ways of thinking and has taught me so much about the industries that I am interested in working in.
This internship has taught me so much about Public Relations, Marketing, the Entertainment Industry, work ethic and London as a whole. In my time, here I have learned that I can write a press release, that I can put together a social media schedule, that I love reading about UK Television and that I LOVE mince pies! I will miss my amazing coworkers so much – they have been the main reason this internship has been so amazing – so I am eternally grateful to them for everything that they have done for me.
So, to anyone who is interested in working in PR, go for it. You will not only learn so much about a fascinating industry, but you will also learn so much about yourself and will have a fabulous time doing it.
I now say goodbye to London as I embark back to the warmth of Los Angeles, but I do so with a bittersweet feeling of sadness that I won’t be able to go do things like to Camden Market every weekend and get millions of food samples, but with the happiness of knowing that I have just had the experience of a lifetime.