Spotlight Career Advice for Members

Book a free career advice session with a Spotlight expert

Whether you’re just starting out or feel the need for a "refresher chat", Spotlight career advice sessions are your opportunity to have a 20-minute appointment to discuss your career. We've got sessions for performers and specialised sessions for young performers, and their parents. Anything is up for discussion, including photos, CVs, showreels, casting directors and agents (however, it is not possible for us to recommend agents!). This is a free service, inclusive within Spotlight membership and available only to members.

To book into one of the latest sessions, head to the events page.

Spotlight Performer Careers Sessions

Spotlight provides career session for our members to get free advice from the membership team. The event information (dates, times, etc) become available for booking on our website on the 20th of every month (under events) and are first come, first serve for our members only. The sessions can be face-to-face, on Skype or over the phone, depending on your preference.

About Emma Dyson

Emma Dyson trained at the Guildford School of Acting. After working in other areas of the arts, she became an agent for a leading West End actors agency and developed a broad understanding of the relationship between the performer, management and casting process. Her experience as an agent gives her an invaluable insight and perspective on portfolio photography, CVs, showreels and voicereels. As well as liaising with drama schools in the UK and overseas, Emma co-coordinates the Spotlight Prize and is an experienced public speaker, contributing on industry panels and discussions.

About Justin McDonald

Justin McDonald is an actor, writer and voice over artist originally from Tyneside in the north east of England. He won a scholarship to train at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, where he gained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Acting. Completing his studies early to play a leading role in a prime time television drama, Justin has continued to work consistently in film, television and theatre. With over ten years' experience of working in the industry, he has gained a valuable insight into many of the issues faced by actors today, including working effectively with agents, casting directors, headshots, CVs, showreels, self tapes, LA pilot season, managers, visas, tax, audition prep, drama school, branding, self promotion and voice overs.

About Carl Proctor (for Irish members)

Carl trained as an actor at RADA and now works successfully as a casting director and headshot photographer. He works mainly in film and TV and his film credits include Shadow of The Vampire, The Wedding Date, Blood Creek and Trevor Nunn’s Twelfth Night. Carl is currently casting several films, a pilot for a comedy series and commercials. 

He has been conducting regular one-to-one career advice sessions with actors through The Actor's Guild in the UK for a number of years, and in Dublin through Filmbase. At these sessions, Carl can advise on showreels, voicereels, CVs, photos, self-taping, agents, casting directors, your general game plan for the industry and on opportunities in both Ireland and the UK.

Spotlight Young Performer and Parent Careers Sessions

We also have new one to one sessions for young performers and parents with Ellie Samuels and Mel Brown of the membership team. They will be on hand weekly to answer any questions you might have about your career as a younger performer or for parents with children looking to make their name in the performing arts. Sessions with Ellie and Mel are available in person at Spotlight HQ London, over the phone or on Skype.

To book into one of these sessions, head to the events page.

About Ellie Samuels

Ellie is the dedicated account manager for young performers. She trained at the Guildford School of Acting and her extensive experience in the industry - as a performer in musical theatre, a teacher at Pineapple Dance Studios and 15 years at Spotlight - makes her the ideal person to guide you on the ins and outs of the performing arts. 

About Mel Brown

Mel comes from five years of experience as an agent for young performers. She graduated in drama from Loughborough University and then moved straight into the industry.