Tag: soft skills

  • ​​An Actors’ Survival Guide to Side Jobs

    ​​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​…

  • Advocating for Yourself in the Workplace

    Advocating for Yourself in the Workplace

    ​​​How to recognise an unhealthy working environment and stand up for yourself when working as an actor​​. Unhealthy working environments can exist in any profession and unfortunately, acting is no exception. Whether it’s on set, during the casting process, or while you’re touring a production, you could find yourself in situations where someone or something…

  • Top Tips for Creating a Professional Acting Website

    Top Tips for Creating a Professional Acting Website

    An actor website can be a useful tool to help you to showcase the parts you’ve played and the performer skills you have. We share advice about how to set your website up and what you should include on it. ​​When I was in my last year at drama school in New York, I took…

  • Sean McGinley’s Tips for Learning Scripts

    Sean McGinley’s Tips for Learning Scripts

    Advice from the ‘Braveheart’ actor on how to start your acting career and learn a script Donegal-born actor Sean McGinley has had a career that spans decades and roles in countless well-known productions, including Braveheart, Gangs of New York, Shetland, The Alienist, and, most recently, the independent film Wait for Me. We had the chance…

  • Nutrition Tips for Performers to Prevent Fatigue and Injury

    Nutrition Tips for Performers to Prevent Fatigue and Injury

    What you should eat to boost your energy, stamina and recovery when acting and how to add variety to your diet Performers, we are artistic athletes. This means that we often have the same energy requirements as many athletes in professional sports but are in the unique position of having to balance those requirements with…

  • How Do I Market my Acting Career?

    How Do I Market my Acting Career?

    Casting directors and agents share their advice for how to promote yourself as an actor and why Spotlight is an important tool for this When it comes to the performing arts industry, you – the actor – are the product. And as with any product, marketing yourself well will increase the chances of the right…

  • How to Network as an Actor

    How to Network as an Actor

    Tips from casting directors for how to successfully network yourself as an actor and get connections in acting In the performing arts industry, who you know can be just as important as what you know. Casting directors have fantastic memories and will keep actors they’ve met in mind for future roles. Anyone you’ve worked with…

  • 3 Exercises to Prepare you for an Audition

    3 Exercises to Prepare you for an Audition

    Simple exercises you can perform before auditions to keep calm and gain confidence We can all use an extra kick of confidence before something as important as an audition. It can be daunting to enter the room or record a self-tape, armed only with a few pages of a script (if that!) and our own…

  • How to Write a Play

    How to Write a Play

    Writer and founder of ‘Write Like a Grrrl’ Kerry Ryan shares the essentials for writing a play and taking care of yourself during the process. Have you ever wanted to write a play but felt too scared to begin? When I first started out, fear and self-doubt held me back. My inner critic was relentless. I would…

  • How to Handle Criticism

    How to Handle Criticism

    Eight steps for handling feedback, whether it’s constructive or misguided As actors, feedback is a necessary part of our craft. We can’t see our performance from the outside, so we rely on teachers and directors to guide us. However, criticism is sometimes less than constructive. It can be ill-intentioned, clumsily put, misguided or plain unhelpful.…