I nearly gave up my dream before landing Fair City role
ACTOR Conor Dan Ryan had almost given up hope on his TV dreams when his Fair City offer came in.
The new arrival to the long-running RTE soap has revealed that he had decided to throw in towel on his acting ambitions and start his own business, when he got the call to join the Carrigstown cast.
After trying his hand in the industry for eight years after attending the well-known Gaiety School of Acting, Conor became disheartened from the lack of work available.
As a result, he poured his energies into setting up a new business, but is now balancing the two.
"It kind of hadn't happened for me. It chips away at you and I guess you start to want something more than what you're doing. This past year I was actually close to giving up on acting. As with any job, as an actor you have good times and bad times and the last couple of years had been particularly lean. "Now that's possibly due to my own choices, sure, but still I was close to giving up the ghost. So I had decided to branch out and try some different things and then out of the blue my agent calls me to see if I wanted to audition for Fair City.
"The shackles were off because I had nothing to lose. Auditions always matter, whether they're big or small, but the pressure was off.
"I had taken it off myself at that point so I was able to express myself without too much baggage. And I think that's how I got the role.
"After eight years as a jobbing actor you're used to rejection. I was in a happier place, I felt like I was going somewhere, whereas maybe a year previously I was quite unsure of the future. I don't think I would've gotten the role had I auditioned then."