Sector: TV and Radio
Rachel Teate was told her Middlesbrough accent would prevent her becoming an actor. But that only pushed her ambition further and after starring on TV show Wolfblood, she is now a regular presenter for BBC Radio Tees.
Where do you call home?
Middlesbrough is home for me.
Tell us about your role?
I am a radio presenter at BBC Tees.
How did you get to where you are today?
I wanted to be an actress but couldn’t afford drama school, so I went to a university to get a degree I could convert to a masters at drama school. I graduated, got offered my first professional stage job and kept on working. Then I worked for CBBC, the Disney Channel on a series for four years on a TV show called Wolfblood, had a baby and moved back to Middlesbrough. I saw an opportunity for a “New Voice” on BBC Radio Tees – applied, got to the final and was offered a couple of shows. I then became a regular presenter covering arts and culture and launching the Upload show.
What struggles or obstacles did you face along the way?
I was told I wouldn’t ever act with a Boro accent and not to tell people where I came from, which actually inspired me more to succeed.
Describe the moment you first got a feel for success?
Getting a phone call from my agent, telling me I’d got the job on Wolfblood. I didn’t get cast at the same time as everyone else – I actually replaced someone who was on the show and had to leave but they said my audition was so memorable they had to cast me! I was so excited – watching the first episode in my house was incredible.
Do you have any advice for aspiring young females?
Say yes to opportunities, allow yourself to cry at the rejections but always strive for more. Surround yourself with people who want you to succeed and who you want to succeed too. Try and get the right work life balance (something I still don’t have!)
What advice would you give to your younger self?
That every rejection was an opportunity to learn something and grow stronger.
What three words inspire you and encourage a positive path?
You’ve got this.
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