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It's been a difficult year all round, and now Tamzin Outhwaite has revealed she's selling her posessions online to pay for her mortgage after the pandemic stopped her acting gigs.
The actress, who celebrated her 50th birthday in November, has had to find new ways of making money as she confessed her work has been hit by the pandemic.
Speaking to The Sun, the former Eastenders star shared: "I'm in a situation at the moment where I'm starting to sell things.
"I'm about to set up a website for things that I've either created or bought and don't need anymore. Home things, clothing.
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"I just think this is going to be probably how I'm going to pay my mortgage and exist for a while, until our industry comes back," Tamzin explained.
"I'm not snobby or proud about what I do. I love a car boot sale, but everything is online. I'm thinking of ways of: 'How do I do that now?' I'm not proud. 'Oh god, influencers make money, how do you go about doing that?'
She added: "I'm working out ways I could maybe do that. I'm in a decent situation. I can put my career on hold for a while and we can still eat."
The soap star, who said she doesn't watch Eastenders, went on to reveal her fears for the long-term future of the performing arts industry and what it could mean for her children if they want to act.
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"I worry about my own children, how their future is going to be because at the moment if one of them did want to act I would say: 'No. Don't go there at the moment.'
"I worry about my theatre community that I grew up with and trained with, the kids that are younger than me who are just coming out of college who have all these skills, and their skills won't be sharpened and polished for a while," she expressed.
"I worry about my musical theatre family. Mates that I know are delivery driving, and I think: 'Good on you.'
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"We're all trying to earn our living at the moment, but I don't know how long we can sustain it as a community.
"The joy and the passion and everything I get from it is still there but I can't look on Twitter or Instagram and see a choir singing without crying at the moment," the mum-of-two emotionally said.
"It will come back and it will come back bigger and better, but there will be a period where it's going to be sad."
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