Previous paid speaking roles
Started at school (Like everyone else) did several theatre productions, only male singer at the Cape Cornwall choir (Great way to meet girls), at college did a few more theatre productions then went onto video shorts into the 90's. I switched to mostly behind the camera (Directing, producing).
Why I'm having a crack at acting again? Simple really. I'm the lovable fat white haired Dad character, the Father Christmas you wished you always met or the UK version of Leslie Nielsen. (The old one's are the best).
So acting wise, I've appeared in someway or other in a huge range of films and TV series from a Gardener, a drug dealer, doctor, car sales man, dad, builder (Builder's bum free of charge), drunk and a host of other characters. As a filmmaker when people don't turn up to set, you've got to bite the bullet and fill that space.
So in a nutshell I know how to ask for my eye line and yes I can tell if you're crossing the line. I'm not Sir Anthony Hopkins but I don't mind being a goof like Leslie Nielsen :)