FAQs for Young Performers
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How can a young performer join Spotlight?
A young performer wishing to join Spotlight must be a minimum of 4 years old and a maximum of 25 years old. This means you can join as a young performer until the date of your 25th birthday. A young performer must also be represented by an agent, and the agency should be registered with Spotlight. The agent can either complete the application for Spotlight on behalf of the young performer, for which full parent consent is required, or they can send an invitation directly to the parent/guardian to complete online and submit to us.
How do I know if an agent is registered with Spotlight?
Speak to your agent and if they are not registered they can contact us at [email protected] for more information.
For all your commonly asked questions not on this list, take a look at our article answering all your questions!
Can I, the parent, act as my child's agent?
No, you are unable to represent a young performer. Representation must be by a registered agent.
Being an agent is a full time job and requires a good level of industry knowledge and experience. All agents registering with Spotlight will need to have been in business ideally for a minimum of one year. A website and a business email address are required and having a registered company number is always advisable.
Established contacts with casting directors would be expected, experience negotiating contracts, obtaining child licenses and each agent would need to hold an up to date DBS certificate. Once an agency has been approved they’ll need eight Spotlight clients to trigger the casting briefs being sent.
Do I need to give my consent to my child’s agent to register them as a member with Spotlight?
Yes. Agents must always have a parent’s/guardian’s authorisation as set out in our terms. Alternatively, the agent can send you a Spotlight young performer ‘invitation’ for you to join your child online and submit directly to us.
Can I link more than one agent to my child’s profile?
Spotlight doesn’t recommend this as one agent should be sufficient. It is always important to check with the agent too, as many will specify sole representation only. Listen to our podcast about having multiple agents as a young performer.
An agency has asked me to pay an agency fee when I sign my child with them – is this normal?
If you are asked to pay money when you sign with an agency you should always ask what the fees quoted are for and review the information in detail to ensure you are happy before making a payment. You can also check this page for further information that may be of help. Please note that this advice does not apply for drama schools in regard to drama training costs and similar.
If an agency will be processing a Spotlight entry for you, you can verify the current price for Spotlight memberships on our joining pages, in particular this one for our Young Performers.
Can Spotlight provide information regarding jobs my child has been suggested for across the Spotlight Link?
Spotlight isn’t able to provide this information for legal reasons, so please contact your child’s agent to discuss submissions that have been made via Spotlight and any other casting systems or processes.
What if I have more than one child on Spotlight and have used the same email address/password for them?
If you have used the same email address for your children the system may not allow you to sign into all of their profiles as it will remember the profile you initially signed into. To resolve this you can either clear your browsing history or use different browsers for each child.
If you have used the same email address and password you will be unable to sign into both profiles with these details. Please contact our Membership Support team who will assist you with signing in.
For Young Performers
How do I sign in?
To sign in, please go to the Spotlight website and click the sign in button in the top right hand corner and then press ‘Performer’. Sign in with your username and password. If you have any problems signing in please email our Membership Support team on [email protected] who will be happy to help.
How do I access my Spotlight View PIN?
To find your/your child’s Spotlight View PIN, you’ll need to sign into the account, where you’ll see ‘Link to my CV’ in the left hand column – this will lead you to a page with a green URL in the centre of the screen. This is the link to your profile, which also contains your View PIN.
Can Spotlight provide information regarding jobs my agent has suggested me for across the Spotlight Link?
Spotlight isn’t able to provide this information for legal reasons, so please contact your agent to discuss submissions that have been made by them via Spotlight and any other casting systems or processes.
Do I need to give my consent to my agent to register me as a member with Spotlight?
Yes. Agents must always have an individual’s authorisation as set out in our terms. Alternatively, once you’re 18, the agent can send you a Spotlight young performer ‘invitation’ for you to join online and submit directly to us.
Can I apply for jobs on the link board?
Your young performer membership does not give you access to the link board, so you will be unable to apply for jobs or view the link board. Only your agent can access casting breakdowns. Your agent will be responsible for all submissions so please speak to them about the roles you have been put forward for.
My school won’t allow time off for auditions, what should I do?
Education is immensely important and although you may enjoy performing, each school will have a different view on granting time off for auditions. Every local council has different guidelines on time off for auditions, so we recommend that you speak to your local borough who will be able to outline their guidelines. Make sure you always communicate with your agent regarding your availability to work.
I don’t want to be a Young Performer - I want to join Spotlight as an adult. What do I do?
You can re-apply here. You will need to be a minimum of 18 years old and meet the criteria, in order to be eligible. Adult membership requires a minimum of four professional acting credits in film, television or theatre, or professional drama training. If you are not eligible don’t worry, young performer membership is available to you until you are 25, so you have time to gain the acting credits required for adult membership. Feel free to call us and ask for our Key Account Manager for Young Performers, Ellie Samuels, to discuss your eligibility further.
I’ve been a Spotlight member before and let the membership lapse. I have agency representation and would like to join again - do I have to do a new application?
Possibly not! We’ve had a 'Reactivate my Membership' feature in place since 2015 so you may be able to simply sign in to your previous account and start the membership up again. Remember you do need to be represented by a young performer agent registered with Spotlight first though. Please give us a call if you aren't sure when you were last a member, or if this applies to you.