The platform for professional performers

Known across Europe as the most prestigious casting platform in the industry, Spotlight connects you with the casting professionals and roles to help you have a successful career. As a member of Spotlight, people within the industry recognise that you have the skills and experience to make it as a professional performer. You’ll get access to exciting acting opportunities and benefit from discounts and continued development as a performer.

You’ll need to meet standards based on your experience or training in order to be eligible for Spotlight membership. Find out if you can join below.

Join Spotlight to get...

  • Spotlight profile

    Your gateway to connect with the industry and access acting opportunities. Your profile can be searched by casting directors looking for performers with the right skills and characteristics

  • Discounts

    Exclusive savings from high-street retailers and services for professional performers, all because you're a member of Spotlight

  • Development and Events

    Our articles, videos and event programme will help you meet industry experts and other performers so you can continue developing your skills, wherever you’re based

  • Advice and Support

    Our team of industry experts are available to you throughout your membership, with one-on-one career advice sessions available every month and advice from our membership support team

From £172.50 per year or pay £15.60 per month*

*Membership discounts are available to Deaf and disabled performers. Please contact [email protected] for more information. Deaf and disabled performers are also invited to join - a free video database service (both for actors and industry users) hosted by Spotlight and the National Theatre, designed to champion and showcase Deaf and disabled talent. 

The membership criteria you need to meet

There are a number of ways that you can qualify for Spotlight membership. You can find out more about our membership criteria here.

You can also find out more about our application review and appeal process here.

Experience or Qualifications

You have at least one featured role with an Equity or equivalent union contract or two professional performance credits or have completed at least a year of full-time professional performance training equivalent to an RQF level 5 or two years of part-time training



Or have been recommended by a Spotlight registered agent or a party that’s a member of one of the following professional organisations:

Casting Directors’ Guild, Casting Society of America, Casting Directors Association

Your professional name

As a professional performer your name is your brand, that’s why it’s important to choose one that’s unique. Search below to get started. 

See our guidelines on choosing the right name for you here.

If you have a query about a name please email [email protected]

Check your name is available

Just remember that our network is changing all of the time, so we can’t always guarantee that a name will be available when you apply.

Every name is cross-checked manually so although the name checker can give an indication it can only ever be a guide. 

It’s advisable wherever possible to have the same name as your union membership, but as we do not share databases, you may secure a name with Spotlight that is not available with Equity (UK) or another union or vice versa. We each give precedence to our current members.

Your search will appear here. Check to see if your chosen name is likely to be available. Just remember that our network is changing all the time and we will undertake further checks around name availability. So, we can't always guarantee that a name will be available when you apply.
*Don't forget this is a temporary check. The final check will be done when you join. Please note: For safeguarding/privacy reasons Young Performer names are not included in this search.

Looking for more information?

One or more of these forms may help speed up your application process.

Training confirmation form

Recommendation form

Confirmation of credits form

We are always here to help. We have helpful articles for you to read about what to expect from your Spotlight membership and an FAQ about getting started as a Spotlight member.

If you have any questions just ask us by calling 020 7437 7631 or emailing [email protected]

If you don’t meet our entry criteria yet, there are lots of ways you can develop a career in the performing arts. Take a look at our Contacts listings for specialists across the industry. You can also find out more about our application review and appeal process here.

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