If you’re a performer, chances are that you’ll find yourself on tour at least once in your career, living on the road for weeks, months or even years. Perhaps you’re a comedian, playing to a tough crowd in a different venue each night? An actor, travelling the length and breadth of the UK on a […]
You’ve Had Some Success… Now What? For a hardworking performer, any role is a step up the ladder, but there are certain landmark jobs that finally allow you to sit back, breathe a sigh of relief and think to yourself: ‘Right – NOW this is going somewhere.’ So what should you do? Sit back and […]
Preparing for your first professional role First of all, congratulations! You’ve passed the first hurdle, and it’s one that thousands of performers before you haven’t reached. Unless you’re fortunate enough to be picked up straight out of drama or dance school, your first professional role is probably the culmination of weeks, months, years and possibly […]
How To Handle Rejection as a performer Bestselling author Stephen King famously said “By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing”. Working in the arts is notoriously difficult. It’s […]
Three cheers for the age of social media! Historically, one of the greatest hurdles any performer faces is getting their work out there, into the world, and seen. In 2016, with basic computer skills and an internet connection, you can use social media to build your fanbase, connect with like-minded professionals, and jumpstart your next […]
We’ve all come across a Career Networker at a social gathering, giving your business card a cursory once-over while trying to make eye contact with the CEO of Independent Talent over your shoulder, and scuttling away as soon as somebody more important walks past.
What does an agent do? Whether you’re an actor, writer, musician or dancer, an agent is someone who works on your behalf to keep you employed. Do I need an agent? The simple answer is this: you don’t NEED an agent, but a good one will make your life easier. The very best kind of […]
Performing is hugely physical, very tiring and mentally draining. Actors, clowns, dancers and singers push their bodies to the limits every day – and, just like athletes, it’s important to keep in peak condition. Exercise Exercise helps relieve stress and tension. Many performers find yoga and meditation useful as a way of clearing the mind […]
Jobs in the creative arts are notoriously unstable. The hours are long, and for every well-paid part in “Doctors” there are hundreds of others barely paying enough to cover travel to and from set.
As we know, media professionals face huge pressures to build up their CVs, especially when new to the industry. As a result, many will be willing to take up unpaid work.