Akara Heart

Actor, Model, Influencer, Dancer, Teacher / Choreographer,… more

Bristol, United Kingdom
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Sample reading voice of Akara Heart

Here's an audiobook sample of a book I was recently commissioned to read as voice over.

01Sample reading voice of Akara Heart

Physical Attributes

Height:
167 cm / 5ft 6in
Weight:
51 kg / 112 lbs
Ethnicity:
White / Caucasian
Chest:
81 cm / 32 in
Skin color:
Olive
Waist:
63 cm / 25 in
Hips:
81 cm / 32 in
Dress size:
UK 8 / AUS 8 / US 4
Eye color:
Blue
Hair color:
Brown
Hair length:
Long
Hair type:
Wavy

Credits & experience

2015
  • 2015 to 2019 : Presenter & co-host for international documentaries. Fashion designer & stylist, bespoke clothes & costume creator, shop owner of unique vintage pieces. Danced in movies, dance facilitator, writer, fashion model & brand ambassador, voiceover work.
2010
  • 2010 to 2015 : Co-founded a performance troupe called Eclectica that toured Australia & Europe, offering stage productions, dance collaborations with music producers. Tribal bellydance fusion, hip hop, contemporary, aerial hooping, fire dancing, freelance fashion model.
1999
  • South East Derbyshire College : BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts, specialised in Contemporary Dance.
  • 1999 - 2001 South East Derbyshire College - BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts : Acting, drama, contemporary dance, stage shows, theatre productions. Model and dancer for various clubs in Ibiza, won Miss Derby in 2000, promotional model and brand ambassador for many promo agencies. Extras work, eg BBC 1's Dalziel and Pascoe.
1988
  • From 1988 to 1999 Tiptoe School of Dance and Drama : Drama studies, tap dancing, Jazz, modern, contemporary and singing. Also took part in various stage productions.

Acting

Acting experience

Extra


Languages
  • English

Accents
  • Australian
  • UK English
  • UK Posh
  • French
  • Indian
  • Spanish

I trained in acting, drama and performing arts from a young age, and have taken the lead in various theatre productions and stage shows. I have also appeared as an extra in many popular television productions including Crossroads (ITV1), Doctors (BBC1), Dalziel and Pascoe (BBC1) and, most recently, in the Jane Austen period drama Sanditon (ITV1), which has just been screened.

I have also been commissioned to record various audiobooks where characterisation is required. I have featured as an actress/dancer in a number of music videos and short films too, as well as in the forthcoming feature film Last Night in Soho, directed by Edgar Wright, which is being distributed by Focus Features, and is scheduled for release on 25 September 2020 in the USA.

Modelling

Modeling experience

Part-time model - paid commercial work


International freelance model since 1999 to the current day, working in UK, mainland Europe and Ibiza, as well as Australia and Asia.
Extensive experience in fashion, lingerie, swimwear, editorial, commercial, art, dance, plus magazine features including 'Like a Lion' and Mystical Magazine, as well as specifically advertising high-end fashion.

I model for my own vintage shop: Etsy Akara Heart

Currently representing as a fashion model and brand ambassador for high-end fashion brands:

Peruvian Connection

Tulle and Batiste

Asherah soul clothing

Nomadica clothing

Tribal Antara

Stone Age Jewellery

Music

Guitar ability

Intermediate


Vocal ability

Lead singer


Vocal range

Falsetto


Singing styles
  • Pop
  • Classical

Favourite genres
  • Indie
  • Electronic
  • Classical

Influences: Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Florence & The Machine, Norah Jones, Ayla Nereo, Bob Marley, Deya Dova, Erykah Badu, London Grammer, Jeff Buckley, Rising Apalache, Queen, The Staves.

I sang vocals on all the tracks of Sirian's album called Havona, which was released in 2017 by Merkaba Music.

I write my own songs and play acoustic guitar.

Dancing

Dancing ability

Expert


Teaching or Choreography ability

Expert


Dance styles
  • Bellydance
  • Contemporary
  • Jazz
  • Tap
  • Hip Hop

Classically trained in modern, tap, jazz and contemporary, between 1988 and 1999.

Subsequently undertook a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts, specialising in Contemporary Dance from 1999 to 2001.

Danced in a 70s revival troupe that toured the country in 2000.

Worked as a podium dancer in the UK and Ibiza in various clubs from 2001 to 2008.

During 2010, I co-founded a performance troupe called Eclectica which toured Australia and Europe, and I still dance with them in Europe.

Eclectica's range includes aerial stage shows, fire shows, animal embodiment shows, burlesque shows and intricately choreographed dance prayeformances incorporating tribal belly dance fusion, with elements and influences of classical Indian, Egyptian and Arabic styles, dance fans, sacred temple dancing, serpentine, hip hip, popping and locking, street, contemporary, improvisation and freestyle.

Stage shows, solo performances, troupe offerings and collaborations with huge music producers and artists internationally include -

Desert Dwellers,
Liquid Bloom,
Symboloco,
Shpongle,
Kaminana,
Hang in Balance,
White Bear,
Grouch,
Ace Venturer.

Have performed at many major festivals in Australia, Europe and the UK, including:

Rainbow Serpent,
Ozora,
Boom,
Earthcore,
Earth Frequency,
Metreiaya,
Strawberry Fields,
Psy Fi,
Sunrise,
All About Love Gathering

Recent work:

Undertook a dancing role in the forthcoming film Last Night in Soho (directed by Edgar Wright; being distributed by Focus Features and due for release in the USA on 25 September 2020).

Offering ceremonies and dance workshops, exploring different archetypes and ancient goddesses.

Facilitating sacred ritual dance classes, tribal belly dance fusion and contemporary dance training.

Hair, Makeup & Styling

Fashion Styling ability

Expert


Although I haven’t been formally trained in hair styling or make-up, I have gained plenty of practical experience on shoots over a long period of time, and I’m therefore very confident about being able to do both my hair and make-up to a high standard if needed. I am also careful about choosing the make-up I use, and have experimented extensively in the past, learning what looks good on camera… and equally, what doesn’t!

I am very interested in fashion, and have worked as a designer and seamstress for the past five years. I design, pattern-cut and create my own pieces, and also do so for other people too, working with various clients based not just in the UK, but also elsewhere in Europe, including Belgium and Norway. I am currently working on designs for a clothing collection using sustainable fabrics which will be going into production next year.

I also regularly create costumes for shows, including head pieces of various types. I love to style my own shoots, and can coordinate and accessorise clothes as required, bringing my own unique flair and style to shoots. It also helps that I can select from my own extensive wardrobe of beautiful clothes, which includes many stunning coats, jackets, dresses, costumes, pieces of jewellery, head pieces, vintage treasures, accessories, fabrics, shoes and boots as required.

I also have a vintage clothes shop on Etsy where I style and model all the pieces that I offer, and have them photographed professionally. I sell both bespoke pieces that I have created and vintage items to customers around the world. In fact, I have bought and sold vintage treasures since my early 20s, and have had several successful online shops over the years, including burnt-orange-vintage.

Presenting

Languages
  • English

Accents
  • Australian
  • UK English
  • UK Posh
  • French
  • Indian
  • Spanish

I have been undertaking much more presentational work over the last couple of years, in the areas of television and corporate work. I have enjoyed this greatly, and it has inspired me to start working on some filming ideas myself as well.

I am presenting Back from the Past for television (Raging Bull Productions), which has the endorsement of Julian Fellowes (Lord Fellowes of West Stafford), and I also have another television project about pets and animals in development, which I will be co-presenting.

In the corporate field, I have presented a consumer video about the award-winning Vividarium housing unit, and I’ll also be undertaking further corporate pet-related filming during 2020. I am also involved in an ongoing series of films, promoting Barberyn Health Resorts internationally.

During 2018, I co-presented a film for SriLankan Airlines about the remarkable elephant migration that takes place on the island there every year. This has been shown right across their fleet of planes and on their social media platforms around the world too. There is also an accompanying book which I co-authored.

A further wildlife film set on the island is currently in development, again in association with SriLankan Airlines. Further filming elsewhere in Asia is currently under discussion as well, both for television and with corporate clients.

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