Online Lives: Actress and blogger Rebecca Collis

Denise O'Donoghue speaks to Rebecca Collis about her blog and career.

Dublin-based actress Rebecca Collis set up her blog to share her love of fashion, food and more.

“I post about anything and everything that tickles my fancy including fashion, food (restaurant reviews and recipes), travelling and some beauty too,” Rebecca says.

Rebecca spent over a decade living and working in London before returning to Ireland.

“I moved to London straight after my Leaving Cert as I gained a place on the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Degree course at ArtsEd.

“I lived and worked in London for 11 years before returning to Dublin in September 2017 when screen opportunities became more prevalent for me in this country and I am delighted to have Dublin as my base again.”

She finds her blog, peppermintdolly.com, a welcome distraction from her day job and found other creative outlets through her writing.

My blog has a hugely positive impact on my life as it gives me a creative outlet to enjoy between acting jobs. It has also helped me become more confident in my writing and I have recently started dabbling in creative writing because of this.

Social media is a huge part of blogging today, and Rebecca says she uses it every day for both her blog and her career.

“I use social media daily and it is a huge part of both my life as an actor and a blogger,” she says.

“As an actress it allows me to network with my agent in London as well as casting directors and other professionals and as a blogger it lets me connect with readers all over the world more immediately.

On any given rainy day in Dublin I can send an audition tape to a director in New York and also give pointers to a woman in Australia about one of my recipes or a top I wore in a recent outfit post. 10-year-old me would be mesmerised by this interconnectivity, so I do my best to not take it for granted.”

One area she struggled with when she starting blogging in 2014 was comparing her blog to those of other bloggers.

“When I first started I would get disheartened by how well other bloggers were doing in comparison to me, but I soon realised that those bloggers were very different to me because being a full-time blogger was their life goal — where as mine is being an actor.

“Now when I hear that one of my blogger buddies is doing amazingly, I feel nothing but happiness for them, just like I know they supported me when I was performing in the West End.”

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