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Getting Started with Showreels and Voice Clips
Performer Success Manager Mel Brown’s advice on creating a showreel without professional footage and ideas for your ‘Audio’ section. As a Spotlight member, you have space on your profile for at least 20 minutes of video and 20 minutes of audio. That’s 20 minutes for various clips and reels – all of which can showcase […]
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The Industry
Actors Talk About Their Favourite Roles

Actors from ‘Wonka’, ‘Happy Valley’ and ‘Harlots’ tell us about their favourite roles from their acting careers. As actors, there are many factors that contribute to your overall professional experience when working on a production. While landing a role and having your talent acknowledged will always be considered a success, it’s the external elements that […]

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The Essentials
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 […]

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Spotlight
How to Help Casting Directors Find You on Spotlight

Practical tips to improve your chances of being found by casting directors via Spotlight search. As well as using the Spotlight Link to send breakdowns to performers and agents, casting professionals also use Spotlight to search for performers. There are 5,000-10,000 searches carried out every day, and with specific attributes, accents, skills or credits all […]

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Into the Spotlight: Dance Competition Finalists

We’re thrilled to announce the 20 finalists for the first ever ‘Into the Spotlight’ Dance Competition. We’ve seen an incredible response to our monologue competitions over the years, so this time we wanted to showcase a new skill: dancing! The first ever Into the Spotlight: Dance Competition was exclusive to our Spotlight Graduate members, but […]

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The Essentials
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​​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​ […]

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The Industry
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Top 7 Easter Eggs to Look Out for in Films

From Pixar and Marvel to ‘Barbie’ and ‘Star Trek’, here are our favourite hidden references to find in films. As April nears, a lot of people will hear the phrase ‘Easter egg’ and think of an oval chocolate shell wrapped in colourful foil. However, in the context of the entertainment industry, an Easter egg means […]

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