The Spotlight Podcast

Spotlight produces a series of regular podcasts to provide our members with useful career advice and tips in easy to digest bite-size podcasts.

Each episode is under 15 minutes long and explores one particular subject or question.

We release new podcasts regularly. You can get the latest episodes automatically by subscribing to The Spotlight Podcast in iTunes.

As well as covering general career advice we interview industry professionals for their top tips and advice for performers.

We're also keen to hear from our members on which topics you'd like us to cover - you can suggest a topic through our Facebook members page or by telling @SpotlightUK on Twitter.

The latest and most popular podcasts are below. We've split up our podcasts into separate pages for advice from casting directors, agents, actors and Spotlight staff, so you can browse at your leisure.

To listen to and download individual podcasts, please use the links below or check out our podcasts with casting directors, agents, performers and Spotlight staff.

  • Sooki McShane's essential casting advice for actors
    Sooki McShane (CDG) discusses the casting process for stage productions and gives advice to actors preparing their showcases
  • John Summerfield's advice for actors
    What are the key things an actor needs to know about finding an agent? If you're a performer looking for representation or a final year drama school student, then learn from one of the best in the business - John Summerfield from Waring & McKenna
  • How to find an agent
    Spotlight's Emma Dyson talks you through every aspect of finding an agent, from researching potential agents, to making contact with the agent, to a typical contract between agent and performer
  • Debbie McWilliams' advice for film castings
    Skyfall's casting director Debbie McWilliams shares advice on how to impress in film auditions, what actors need to be aware of when self-taping and her top do's and don'ts for screen castings.
  • Making the most of your Spotlight membership
    Spotlight's Pippa Harrison talks you through ways to ensure your CV and Spotlight profile is selling yourself to casting directors - and the added extras you may be missing out on.
  • Top tips for screen castings and auditions
    Casting directors Victor Jenkins and Kelly Valentine Hendry give us their tips for actors auditioning for film and television on everything from showreels to self-taping and more.
  • Top tips for a career as a TV presenter
    Presenter and journalist Martyn Andrews talks us through the essential skills any TV presenter needs and how to gain experience, as well as advice on pitching to television.
  • Amanda Redman's training tips
    Amanda Redman (New Tricks, At Home With The Braithwaites) discusses continuing your training after drama school and how to keep your skills sharp.
  • Agent Daphne Waring's advice for actors
    Daphne Waring, director of leading agency Waring & McKenna, gives her advice on how graduates and performers seeking representation can catch the eye of an agent.