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Jen Merchant

Actor, Model, Musician, Dancer

Guildford, United Kingdom
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Physical Details

Height:
180 cm / 5ft 11in
Ethnicity:
White / Caucasian
Weight:
58 kg / 127 lbs
Skin color:
White
Chest:
83 cm / 33 in
Eye color:
Brown
Waist:
66 cm / 26in
Hair color:
Brown
Hips:
86 cm / 34in
Hair length:
Long
Dress Size:
8 - 10
Hair type:
Straight

Credits

2007
  • University of Portsmouth : Creative and Performing Arts BA (Hons) 2:1

Acting

Acting experience

Previous paid speaking roles


Languages
  • English

Accents
  • Australian
  • UK Cockney
  • UK English
  • UK Scottish
  • UK Welsh
  • USA California
  • USA Southern
  • French

Union memberships
  • Equity

I I have had parts in lots of local/university productions such as 'The snow Queen', 'A midsummer nights dream', 'Oklahoma', 'Oh what a lovely war', 'Fiddler on the roof', 'Annie get yur gun', 'The Gondeliers', 'Crazy for you' etc

I have gained a l.a.m.d.a bronze award (grade 6)with merit.

I have a g.c.s.e in drama and an A-level in performing arts have a degree in Creative And Performing Arts BA (Hons) 2:1 at Portsmouth Uni.

I played the part of 'Sarah' in the Southampton Solent student film 'The Forgotten Night' (2009)

I was recently an extra for the Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant film 'Cemetary Junction' to be released in 2010

I played the part of 'Snout' and 'Moth' in a production of 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' with 'The Windsor Globe' (2009)

I played the part of Stephanie in the reacent Portsmouth based film 'Fit Boy' (2010)- currently in post-production

I was an entertainer at Chessington World of Adventures (2010)

I work regularly as a role play actress as part of the CASC psychiatry mock exam course (ongoing)

I recently worked for 'Revolver Entertainment' on an upcoming film 'Anuvahood', Directed by Adam Deacon. I played the part of 'Goon Girl', a girl who gets chucked off her chair by one of the main actors in a nightclub... a small part but a very comic moment (2010)

Woking Drama Festival- I played the part of 'The Beauty' in Agatha Christie's 'An Afternoon at the Seaside' (2010)

Thorpe Park- A character in 'Hellgate' a live action horror maze (2010)

The Cat's Grin Theatre Company- Touring production of 'Alice In Wonderland' to schools in the South East (2010) playing various characters including the Queen of hearts, Cheshire cat and the March hare

I was a siren in 'I am Harlequin's music video 'Sirens' (acting and stilt walking)- Stamp films (2011)

The Cat's Grin Theatre Company- Touring productions around schools and theatres in London and the South East of 'Myths and Legends', 'Wind in the Willows', 'Around The World In 80 Days' and 'Once Upon a Time' (Spring Term 2011)

Modeling

Modeling experience

Part-time model - paid commercial work


I appeared in Simon Webbe's video "Lay your hands" and also Sugarbabes Vs Girls aloud "Walk this way" comic relief video.

Entrant of Miss Windsor 2007. Model with divinity model management.

I was a catwalk model for 'fashion enter' at a fashion show in Barking.

I have done photographic modeling for 'picture this'photography company.

I was a catwalk model for designer Sheena Kotecha's salsa inspired collection at a fashion show in Portsmouth.

I was a model for 'eyesential lashes' promotional video

I have modeled for a bridal photoshoot in Southampton

I have also had lots of promotional modeling experience, particualrly promotion of nightclubs and events including leafleting, shot work, podium dancing, vip hostess, networking, ushering etc.

I was reacently a model for 'maiden voyage' burlesque/cabaret night posters/flyers

I was a siren in 'I am Harlequin's music video 'Sirens' (acting/modeling and stilt walking)- Stamp films (2011)

Burlesque shoot- MDO photography (2011)

'Trash the dress' shoot- MDO photography (2011)

Music

Guitar ability

Beginner


Vocal ability

Lead singer


Vocal range

Mezzo-Soprano


Singing styles
  • Pop
  • Classical

Favourite genres
  • Pop
  • Electronic
  • Hip-hop
  • Jazz

-Mezzo Sporano

-I have had vocal training (up to grade 5 classical and advanced jazz, pop and musical theatre)

- I am a strong jazz singer but also sing musical theatre, soul, pop, classical and rnb

-I have appeared in many concerts etc. I have a g.c.s.e in music and an A-level in performing arts.

-I graduated with a 2:1 studying music as part of my BA hons degree 'creative and performing arts' at Portsmouth university.

-I can read and write music.

- I have a good ear for harmonies and have experience singing in groups and choirs

-I have studio experience

-I am also capable of using musi software such as sibelius.

- I often perform at cabaret/burlesque nights under the name 'Scarlet Blush'

- I gig professionally, mainly as a jazz/soul singer and have my own PA system along with a retro style mic. I usually perform 2 x 45 min sets but this can certainly be negotiated.

Dancing

Dancing ability

Intermediate


Dancing agent

Daze Entertainment


Dance styles
  • Contemporary
  • Swing

I have had previous dance experience, mainly in contemporary and street dance but also commercial, podium, belly dance, burlesque and swing dance

I am a former member of surrey youth dance company and have performed in many shows etc and also a former member of enigma street dance company.

I have been a podium dancer for 5 years and have danced at various clubs in London and the South east.

I stilt walk and do fire performance (poi,fire eating, body burning and fire fans)

I have basic cheerleading training as a backspot, taking part in the national BCA competition in Telford 2008 with the Portsmouth University competition squad.

I also have experience dancing in various amateur/university musicals.

I was one of four dancers for the msa thai boxing event at the men arena in Manchester (March 2010) and at The Excel in London (June 2010)

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