How to Make the Most of Your Membership
Spotlight's own David Flynn recaps our top benefits to help you make the most of your membership. Here are the take away tips from us at Spotlight!
On Friday 20th July, Spotlight attended the Actors Centre to talk through the ways in which your membership can give you value as an actor. After all, your Spotlight membership buys you more than an online profile and access to exclusive breakdowns!
Discounts on everyday items
Spotlight offers discounts on a wide range of services, from cinema tickets to mobile phones, car leasing, interview coaching, and even travel. We also now offer a specially designed benefits scheme with IPSE which, for a heavily discounted fee, will supply you with the type of benefits easily missed out on when not in full-time employment - such as private health insurance, mortgage services, and a pension scheme.
Your best possible acting profile
Your profile includes several key things every actor requires: information about you, your best headshot, and all your credits.
You may not realise it, but a majority of the information you enter onto your profile is searchable, and so we have a dedicated team who check the spelling and grammar of every credit you upload – usually as many as 900-1000 per day! Over 100,000 searches are carried out by casting professionals every month, and we want to ensure that you appear in as many of those as possible. For more tips on creating the best profile, we have a variety of advice online for both adult and young performer members.
You will have access to plenty of helpful content for all your headshot queries, whether you’re after advice for upcoming sessions with your photographer, want to know what makes a great headshot, or if you’re just curious to know what casting professionals are looking for. We also list recommendations of what not to upload to your profile, and have our own technical standards to ensure that every photo displayed is of a reasonable quality and makes you look good. Everything else you need to get started can be found on our website.
Showreel services and advice
Likewise, we have content to assist you with creating your showreel, including a hilarious and informative video that breaks the process down into easy-to-follow steps. We even have our own professional editing service for once you’ve found all the footage you need.
A place to find everything else you might need
Spotlight Contacts is our database of everything you need for a career in entertainment. Looking for a set designer for an upcoming stage production, or some voice over coaching? Searching with Contacts will make all the relevant listings display in order of proximity to your location. Or, if you have an entertainment-related business alongside your acting career (such as drama coaching or headshot photography), you can create your own Contacts listing for free!
Free events and workshops to keep skills sharp
Spotlight runs various events throughout the year which are free for our members to attend. We host open houses, which give you the chance to ask questions and interact with our carefully selected panels, run summer school workshops for our young performers, and offer monthly career advice sessions which can be attended via Skype, over the phone, or in person at our London HQ. We also have a presence at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Kilkenny Subtitle Film Festival each year.
We know an acting career can be challenging, and so it’s Spotlight’s greatest hope that the benefits we offer to support our members can help make it less so. Be sure to take advantage of everything available - it’s all there for you!