Category: The Essentials

  • Rosalind Eleazar’s Advice for Spotlight Prize Nominees

    Rosalind Eleazar’s Advice for Spotlight Prize Nominees

    ‘Slow Horses’ star Rosalind Eleazar on what makes a good monologue and how to nail your acting showcase. Actress Rosalind Eleazar, best known for her role as ‘Louisa Guy’ in Slow Horses and ‘Agnes’ in The Personal History of David Copperfield, is a previous Spotlight Prize winner who returned to help judge 2023’s Spotlight Prize…

  • ​​An Actors’ Survival Guide to Side Jobs

    ​​An Actors’ Survival Guide to Side Jobs

    Potential side jobs for actors that can help you make a living while acting. ​​​When you ​​​​choose​​​ to pursue acting as a career​, there are many uncertainties in your path ahead. Financial instability is perhaps the biggest concern for many aspiring actors​​ and it’s common for creatives to have a hand in many different fields​…

  • 5 Tips to Bring Comedy to Your Improv

    5 Tips to Bring Comedy to Your Improv

    Five practical tips for being funny and improvising well. As recently shared while teaching ‘Comedy for Actors’ for Spotlight, improv is a really useful tool – whether trying to be funny or get booked. Oddly, to be funny, you don’t actually have to try. Don’t try to be funny, sexy, or clever – because you…

  • 10 Films to Watch on International Women’s Day

    10 Films to Watch on International Women’s Day

    10 British films from female filmmakers to watch this International Women’s Day. From comedies to real-life dramas and biopics of world-famous musicians, we’ve compiled a list of 10 British films directed by women to mark International Women’s Day 2024: 1. ‘How to Have Sex’ (2023) Nominated for three BAFTA awards this year, Molly Manning Walker’s…

  • How to Start Your Acting Career in London

    How to Start Your Acting Career in London

    How to become an actor in London, including where to find auditions, drama schools and the cost of living in the capital. London is the centre of the UK’s entertainment industry, making it a popular base for performers. Often referred to as the ‘theatre capital of the world’, it has around 40 theatres in and…

  • Everything You Need to Know About Voice Reels

    Everything You Need to Know About Voice Reels

    Tips and advice for creating a voice reel, including how to make one, why it’s needed and what you should include in yours. Voice over is becoming more and more of an accessible and exciting platform, with a huge wealth of work available that gives performers another way to build a successful, fulfilling and varied…

  • Getting Started in Voice Acting for Animation

    Getting Started in Voice Acting for Animation

    Voice actor Dian Perry shares her tips for becoming an animation voice artist and doing voice over for cartoons. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a professional actor with a Spotlight membership. Maybe you’ve already secured your dream job and, if so, that’s terrific! But perhaps there’s another acting genre that you’ve always been…

  • How to Deal with Nerves

    How to Deal with Nerves

    Advice from performers on how to overcome your nerves when acting on stage or during an audition. Being nervous is a part of every performer’s life. Whether it’s in our new studios waiting for your audition, on stage, or the moment before a director yells, “Action!” we’ve all experienced it – from award-winning, experienced actors…

  • How to Prepare for a Table Read

    How to Prepare for a Table Read

    Tips for preparation when attending a read-through and what actors do during a table read. Landing an acting role is a great feeling and there’s no doubt you’ll be eager to get started. Whether the part is for a stage or screen production, actors are often invited to a table read – this is an…

  • How to Have a New Year Mindset All Year

    How to Have a New Year Mindset All Year

    ​​​How to plan and achieve your goals, no matter what time of the year you’re setting them.​​  ​​As the New Year comes in​, many of us will be adopting the age old ‘​New Year​,​ N​​​ew M​e’ mindset. ​For actors, ​this means ​overhauling career prospects and aspirations​,​ and ​levelling​ up with work by getting organised. ​January…