‘If she didn’t like be­ing on set, she wouldn’t be there’

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MOLLY MC­CANN

Molly Mc­Cann from Maynooth is seven years old and plays the role of Madi­son in Roddy Doyle’s film

Rosie. She also filmed this year along­side Emile Hirsch and John Cu­sack for a fea­ture film Never Grow Old (due for re­lease in 2019). Since her first acting job in a McDon­ald’s ad­vert aged five, the lit­tle girl has per­formed in nu­mer­ous theatre and film pro­duc­tions. Both of her par­ents (ac­tors Noella Bren­nan and Ron­nie Mc­Cann) are in the in­dus­try and mum Noella ex­plains how her daugh­ter’s acting ca­reer came about. “Molly never showed an in­ter­est in ‘star­dom’ but al­ways loved to sing and dance. We never had to en­cour­age her to get in­volved as she loved play­ing drama games. She joined Bren­nan Per­form­ing Arts when she was three years old and also per­formed many times in school shows. “Over the years, she has been for­tu­nate to work with great pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies and if she didn’t like be­ing on set, she wouldn’t be there. It would be like putting your child in a foot­ball team if they didn’t like foot­ball, there’s no point. It’s not for ev­ery­one but she loves it. “She can be shy when meet­ing new peo­ple and she doesn’t talk about her work with friends or her teacher as the idea of fame or star­dom would mean noth­ing to her, nor should it. “Acting can be a dif­fi­cult enough pro­fes­sion and you have to re­ally love it and be able for the highs and the lows. At the mo­ment, Molly is so young, if she gets more op­por­tu­ni­ties, that’s great be­cause she does love it, but if she doesn’t, that’s grand too — she’ll be just as happy in school with her friends and do­ing all the things that young chil­dren love to do.”

GLEN NEE

Glen is orig­i­nally from Gal­way but now lives in Kil­dare. He has been acting since he was seven years old. His parts have in­cluded nu­mer­ous shots for DIT grad­u­ate films (in­clud­ing

Ground­less with Aoib­hinn McGin­nity which won best new short at Gal­way Film Fleadh 2017), a Voda­fone com- mer­cial, Riper Street, Drop Dead

Weird and his first full fea­ture film role of Ver­non (the bad­die) in Zoo. “My favourite things about per­form­ing are play­ing very dif­fer­ent roles,” says Glenn who is now aged 17. “It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing to read a new script and be­come that character - and I love the ac­tual film­ing - ba­si­cally I re­ally love be­ing on set with the whole cast and crew. And what I’d re­ally like to hap­pen is to fol­low acting as a ca­reer and be­come very suc­cess­ful.” His mother Tina (who is mar­ried to Der­mot and also has a 19-year-old daugh­ter called Laura) says Glen loved drama from a young age and it has been re­ally ben­e­fi­cial to his de­vel­op­ment but says it is im­por­tant not to take it too se­ri­ously or set out to be­come fa­mous. “The pros of hav­ing a child in­volved in acting are nu­mer­ous. It has given Glen self-con­fi­dence, has taught him pa­tience and helped him be­come ar­tic­u­late and po­lite and doesn’t let the word “no” knock him back. He has had amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and trav­elled to won­der­ful places and made very spe­cial friends. “The cons are few but you do have to have a thick skin. He could do four au­di­tions and be told he’s “on pen­cil” and then get the news that it didn’t go his way. “But when the next au­di­tion comes along, I’ll ask if he wants to do it and the an­swer is al­ways ‘yes’.”

ON THE MONEY

Ac­cord­ing to agent Vincent Lambe, the rate of pay will vary de­pend­ing on the type of work un­der­taken. “For fea­ture films and TV shows, it would be a stan­dard daily rate of around €250-€350 per day plus a chap­er­one fee of €100-€150 per day,” he says. “With TV com­mer­cials, in ad­di­tion to the daily rate, there will al­ways be a us­age fee which can range from around €1,000-€3,000 (de­pend­ing on how fea­tured they are) al­low­ing ad­ver­tis­ing agen­cies to screen the com­mer­cial for up to one year. “If they de­cide to re­new the com­mer­cial at the end of the li­cence pe­riod, the same us­age fee would be payable for year two and so on.”

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