Tag: finances/legal

  • Tax Tips for the Self-Employed Actor

    Tax Tips for the Self-Employed Actor

    How performers can register as self-employed and what is tax deductible as an actor. Being a performer requires a lot of work – you have to learn lines, film self-tapes and go to auditions – all while juggling the rest of your life. Self-employed actors in the UK also manage their financial aspects and are…

  • Spotlight Launches Member Assistance Programme

    Spotlight Launches Member Assistance Programme

    Everything you need to know about our free new service to ensure you get the wellbeing, financial and legal support you need. We at Spotlight are always doing our best to ensure you get the support and benefits you need, whether that be the latest industry news and advice, discounts, or a free year of…

  • Understanding Trans and Non-Binary Casting with Gendered Intelligence

    Understanding Trans and Non-Binary Casting with Gendered Intelligence

    Gendered Intelligence shares their insight into trans performer rights and what language is appropriate to use in breakdowns and the casting room Trans people and the creative arts are natural allies. As such, Spotlight has been working with Gendered Intelligence to improve their understanding of diverse gender expressions within the arts. It was important for…

  • What Parents Need to Know About Working with Their Child’s Agent

    What Parents Need to Know About Working with Their Child’s Agent

    The AYPA’s guide to best practice for young performer agents, and what parents and guardians need to be aware of in the industry It’s extremely important, as the parent or guardian of a young actor that you do your research when looking for an agent for your child. Unfortunately there are some dubious organisations out…

  • What Can Equity Do For My Child?

    What Can Equity Do For My Child?

    Find out more about the performing arts and entertainment trade union, Equity, and they can help your child if they’re a performer If your child is between the ages of 10 and 17, they may be eligible for Equity Child Membership and all the benefits that come with it. Here’s what you need to know! Equity is…

  • Spotlight’s Bursary Scheme

    Spotlight’s Bursary Scheme

    We recognise that one of the biggest barriers to entry into our industry is financial and we want to provide more options to help performers on their journey. We have introduced a flexible monthly Direct Debit subscription, which is available to both new joiners and existing performers. We are pleased to announce that Spotlight’s Bursary…

  • Cost and Budgeting Tips for the Edinburgh Fringe

    Cost and Budgeting Tips for the Edinburgh Fringe

    Top tips for costing and budgeting for your show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe How much does it cost to bring a show to the Edinburgh Fringe? It’s the hopefully not-a-million-dollar-question asked by every ambitious creative wishing to bring a show to the festival. Unfortunately, it’s also very much a ‘how-long-is-a-piece-of-string’ kind of question, and the answer is…

  • How to get Funding for Edinburgh Fringe

    How to get Funding for Edinburgh Fringe

    Top tips on how to raise funds to put on a show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe It’s no secret that putting on a show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe can be costly. Expenses you’ll need to plan for can include: Venue costs Registration fees Production costs Accommodation Travel Marketing, PR and press costs Living…

  • Financial Mindfulness – Budgeting Tips for Performers

    Financial Mindfulness – Budgeting Tips for Performers

    How to organise your finances and budget with ever-changing earnings. Money – or the lack of it – is not the obstacle to your success and goals but sitting blissfully in the ignorance of your financial health may well be. I can tell you from personal experience that by ignoring your finances and giving sole…

  • A Guide to Tax Returns

    A Guide to Tax Returns

    What actors need to know about tax returns, National Insurance, VAT and allowable expenses. Article updated December 2022. As welcome as the onslaught of conversations about kale and dry January, is the fun of the tax return. Here to break it down and make it less daunting, are Chartered Certified Accountants, Breckman & Company, on…