Category: Self-Employment

  • Tax Tips for the Self-Employed Actor

    Tax Tips for the Self-Employed Actor

    How performers can register as self-employed and what is tax deductible as an actor. Being a performer requires a lot of work – you have to learn lines, film self-tapes and go to auditions – all while juggling the rest of your life. Self-employed actors in the UK also manage their financial aspects and are…

  • Financial Mindfulness – Budgeting Tips for Performers

    Financial Mindfulness – Budgeting Tips for Performers

    How to organise your finances and budget with ever-changing earnings. Money – or the lack of it – is not the obstacle to your success and goals but sitting blissfully in the ignorance of your financial health may well be. I can tell you from personal experience that by ignoring your finances and giving sole…

  • A Guide to Tax Returns

    A Guide to Tax Returns

    What actors need to know about tax returns, National Insurance, VAT and allowable expenses. Article updated December 2022. As welcome as the onslaught of conversations about kale and dry January, is the fun of the tax return. Here to break it down and make it less daunting, are Chartered Certified Accountants, Breckman & Company, on…

  • Pensions for Actors: How to Defuse the Savings Time-Bomb

    Pensions for Actors: How to Defuse the Savings Time-Bomb

    IPSE partner with Spotlight to give us their article on managing pensions (Otherwise known as ‘how to stop worrying and defuse the savings time-bomb!’) Pensions. They’re not a comfortable thing to talk about, are they? You don’t like thinking about getting to retirement age – let alone the ticking savings time-bomb you’re sitting on. But if you’re…

  • Tax for Actors: Get Your Tax In Gear

    Tax for Actors: Get Your Tax In Gear

    Cut through the tax panic attacks with these tips for all freelancers… What with us still reeling from the self-assessment deadline in January (or, what I like to call anti-Christmas) and going into a new financial year in April (or, what I like to call sad-new-year) what better time to dig our heels in and talk about our…

  • Between Acting Jobs: The Journey from High Pay to No Pay

    Between Acting Jobs: The Journey from High Pay to No Pay

    Actor John Currivan gives his advice on preparing for the big drop in income between acting work…   Steady and high paying acting jobs are rare in our business. Having them makes us feel like we’re flying high! We eye the start date of a long-term contract like a pilot eyes up their launch schedule.…

  • How to Secure Your Position in the UK After Brexit: Guide for Actors

    How to Secure Your Position in the UK After Brexit: Guide for Actors

    The Immigration Advice Service gives us a guide for self-employed European actors Published: February 2019 In October 2018, I wrote a piece for Spotlight to provide initial guidance for EU actors looking to prepare for Brexit. In it, I mentioned the EU settlement scheme – which remains the most viable way to secure your status in the…

  • Between Acting Jobs: ‘Low Pay’ or ‘No Pay’ work

    Between Acting Jobs: ‘Low Pay’ or ‘No Pay’ work

    Actor John Currivan takes us through the his considerations for taking on less than monetarily satisfying work… Please note: John is an actor, who has taken lots of kinds of jobs as an actor! he is not a legal professional, and this article does not replace legal advice regarding jobs you might take on. For any…

  • Between Acting Jobs: Staying Afloat with Your Side-Gig

    Between Acting Jobs: Staying Afloat with Your Side-Gig

    John Currivan talks us through the importance of the side-gig – and how to make sure it helps keep you afloat between acting jobs! The performance industry can feel like a wide lonely ocean. When we’re working, it feels like we’ve hopped onto a luxury cruise liner, we can barely feel the boat rocking. When…

  • Producing for the Fringe: The Not-So-Sexy Essentials

    Producing for the Fringe: The Not-So-Sexy Essentials

    Spotlight’s own Ilayda Arden on the essential but not-so-sexy parts of the Fringe: planning, finances and admin! Ahhh, The Edinburgh Fringe. The daddy of all arts festivals. The one that ‘You Have to Do Before You Die’ (as people kept telling me years ago). But for performers who want to try their hand at taking…