The Best Advice Roundup: 2017 in Review

Top advice from across the industry - enjoy our roundup for 2017! 

Whether it was a big year or a quiet one, 2017 is now almost over! At Spotlight, we have featured more content than ever - with plans to keep on delivering you the best possible advice on the entertainment and arts industry. Here is our roundup of the best tips and advice from the year:

Tips for Good Mental Health

In May we went all out for Mental Health Awareness Week. As co-founders of ArtsMinds, good mental health for performers is a topic very close to our hearts. Spotlight spoke to BAPAM’s Dr Carol Chapman to find out more about how to take care of ourselves and our mental health - especially in this unpredictable industry!

How to Self-Tape at Home

Self-taping is only becoming more and more common for performers! Learning to self-tape is therefore essential for any performer trying to land that gig. Lengthy train journeys be gone: your next ‘audition’ could come from the comfort of your own living room. Give yourself the best possible chance and watch our video on how to self tape at home:

Getting Started as a Voice Actor

The voice over industry is huge and only getting bigger. Our guest blogger, voice over artist Christopher Tester, offers up his expert advice on how to get started as a voice actor in this lucrative part of the industry - just in time for anyone making those New Year’s Resolutions…

Guide to Auditioning Safely

2017 was a landmark year in this industry, with more and more people coming forward to speak out against abusers, where previously many felt silenced. Alongside the #metoo campaign, it is important to continue the dialogue on this subject. Spotlight wrote a piece on just how important it is to remember your rights as a performer, and act on your instincts: auditions should not be threatening. Read more about auditioning safely, and take care of your fellow performers.

Casting director Ros Hubbard: How to Nail an Audition

Spotlight were delighted to speak with Ros Hubbard for a casting director’s take on how an actor can make the most of their next audition…

Your Questions Answered with Agent Nicola Bolton

Have you got questions you’d like to ask an agent? Our Liverpool Open House gave members a chance to do exactly that, asking their questions directly to Regan Management’s Nicola Bolton. Read more about Nicola’s thoughts on all the ins and outs of being a performer - how to approach agents for representation, get the best out of your relationship with your agent, and work proactively as a team to further your career.

The Actor’s Guide to Audition Prep

Regular Spotlight contributor Katie Redford wrote us this wonderful piece on all the things that help an actor in the lead up to stepping into the audition room! From one actor to another, she collects some of the not so obvious things that help get you primed and ready to ace your next audition.

How to Stay Proactive When You’re Skint

Feeling skint over Christmas comes part and parcel (hah!) with the season; Katie Elin-Salt wrote us this funny (and practical!) guide to making the most of your time and keeping up the energy, even if the wallet is feeling a little light…

The Casting Society of America on Showreels

Last but not least, Spotlight were honoured to speak with the Casting Society of America on all things showreels - an essential component of any actor’s profile! Watch below for all the great advice on ensuring your showreel shows you in your best light, to help you get cast:

Wishing you a happy holiday season and new year - bring on 2018! If there are topics you'd like to see us cover, questions you want answered, or a piece that particularly helped you out, tell us on Twitter.