How to Start your Career as a Professional Actor in the UK & Personal Mentoring Programme
This course has been designed to help actors who have completed some training, to enter the profession. During this interactive course of no more than 15 students, you will cover a variety of topics which are designed to facilitate your progression into the acting industry. We know that this progression will be different for each individual and therefore the group sizes are small to ensure that everyone gets sufficient individual support.
Suitable for: Actors who have undertaken training and are ready to start working professionally.
led by award winning entrepreneur, talent agent and media psychologist
The programme is led by award winning entrepreneur, talent agent and media psychologist, Charlotte Armitage. Charlotte has helped to launch the careers of many British actors through YAFTA and will use her years of knowledge and experience to help you tailor your talent and offering as an actor to suit the current acting industry, whilst offering individualised guidance throughout the programme to help you understand yourself, who you are as a performer, and how to land your first TV role.

As a psychologist, Charlotte specialises in duty of care for those working in film & TV and therefore understands the unique pressures that actors face. In addition to the practical elements of this course, the space can be used to work through some of the challenges that you might be facing in your career.

This is an interactive course which will require all students to engage in the activities each week.
In addition to your weekly lectures, each student will have an individual mentoring sessions with Charlotte for 10 weeks of the programme. This time can be used to work on a variety of different matters, which you can discuss privately during your first mentoring session.
  • WEEK 1

    Overview of the UK acting industry. What tools do actors need to start getting work and what are the legal requirements for working in the UK.

  • WEEK 2

    Creating your personal brand. Who are you? What are your strengths? Writing your CV.

  • Week 3

    Marketing Tools for Actors and how to use them effectively.

  • Week 4

    Using social media to enhance your career. How to cope with the psychological impact of social media use.

  • WEEK 5

    Representation. How to find an agent. What should you look for in an agent. Contracts.

  • WEEK 6

    Creating your showreel content. What should you include on your showreel and why. How to structure your showreel content.

  • WEEK 7

    Castings- How do castings work? How do casting directors work? How do agents work? Creating your own casting director target list and planning your contact with them.

  • WEEK 8

    Auditioning- Understanding the audition process and how it works. Mock auditions for commercials.

  • WEEK 9

    Auditioning. Mock auditions for soap & drama

  • WEEK 10

    Practical self taping workshop. How to self-tape. Lighting, camera, set up. What are casting directors looking for.

  • WEEK 11

    Self tape auditions- feedback and critique.

  • WEEK 12

    Looking after your psychological wellbeing and mental health as a performer.

  • WEEK 13

    Short term and long term career goal setting.

  • WEEK 14

    Career planning. How to manage the reality of being a working actor in the UK

  • WEEK 15

    Final preparations and checks to ensure that you are prepared to start your career.

Suitable for: Actors who have undertaken training and are ready to start working professionally.
15 week course & weekly personal mentoring sessions: £1500
15 week course, no personal sessions: £750

Location: Online | Time: Friday evening, 7pm- 9pm | Start Date: Friday 26th February.

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