Advice from Performers

Welcome to The Spotlight Podcasts featuring advice from actors.

Here you'll find tips and advice from a range of actors and performers, who share their experiences of the industry, in easy-to-digest bite-size podcasts under 15 minutes long.

We release new podcasts regularly. As well as covering general career advice, we interviewing industry professionals on their top tips and advice for performers.

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  • 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.
  • Chariots Of Fire: The cast's tips for interpreting character and text
    Simon Williams, Nicholas Grace and Tam Williams from the cast of Chariots Of Fire give their tips on how to approach playing well-known characters and plays, and finding your own interpretation from the text.
  • Controlling your career after drama school
    Jessica Pidlsey (Highly Commended, 2009 Spotlight Prize) shares her advice on staying positive and making your way in the industry in the months after graduating from drama school.
  • Business essentials for actors
    Actor / director Bill Buckhurst (Shakespeare's Globe, RSC, Spooks) gives his top tips for mastering the business of acting - from securing an agent, to writing to casting directors, to staying focused between roles and auditions.
  • Top tips for succeeding as a TV presenter
    Liz Ekberg - former producer, director and reporter and now agent at Waring & Kenna - gives her top tips on how to break into television presenting and succeed in the industry.
  • How to approach Shakespeare auditions
    Experienced Shakespeare actors Bill Buckhurst and Tam Williams give their tips on how to master the Bard and land that Shakespearean role.
  • How to audition for commercials
    Actors Tam Williams and Andrew Greenough - both seasoned commercials performers - share their top tips and do's and dont's to impress when auditioning for commercials.
  • Top tips for UK actors wanting to work in Los Angeles
    Actors and former LA residents Tam Williams and Alexandra Boyd give their dos and don'ts for actors considering moving to Los Angeles to work - includes important practical advice, as well as the subtleties between US and UK casting.
  • Expert tips on how to become a presenter
    John Byrne, career adviser to The Stage newspaper, and Kathryn Wolfe, senior lecturer in media performance at the University of Bedfordshire and author of So You Want To Be a TV Presenter?, give their top tips on how to start a career as a presenter.