Actors: how to earn a living

Course Dates: 10/05/20
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tanja Raaste

Get up-to-date information on how to break into professional performance and establish yourself in the industry with this series of workshops and masterclasses. Taught by a producer/theatre manager, these workshops cover a range of essential skills, from how get more work through networking, to managing your taxes.


What is the course about?

The reality of becoming a professional actor is far more demanding than many people realise. This course focuses
largely on how to market yourself as a professional actor and how to maintain a career in this business. Developing
an entrepreneurial attitude as an actor will help you get more, and better, work. We will be focusing on the most important issue… making a living. We aim to harness the skills you already have to develop employment opportunities for you.

What will we cover?

Keeping an income coming in at all times.
Keeping an income coming in at all times.
Applying for acting work yourself and being proactive.
Marketing yourself in a natural, non-pushy way.
Effective and enjoyable networking - building professional relationships (absolutely no horrible ’networking’ here).
Tax and being self employed.
Other employment opportunities that exist for actors that will fit in with auditions and your acting work.
Business basics - showcasing your work online, contracts, using social media for business.
Building resilience and motivation to see you through any tough times.
Planning for success.

Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Apply your knowledge about how and when to approach industry professionals for work.
Recognise the role and value of contemporary writers, directors and casting directors.
Judge with confidence what you should be watching and where?
Stay on top of tax. Know what you can claim for, filing early, how to pay and in manageable chunks.
Find opportunities for synergistic work such as corporate role-play, voice work, fitness/movement coaching etc.
Present yourself professionally in person, online, on paper and on social media.
Start putting your acting career plan into action.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Be open to a positive and proactive work ethic in order to make progress in a competitive field.
Read, watch and explore new mediums in contemporary theatre and films.
Take notes.
Be prepared to cover a lot of bases when applying for employment.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

No required work outside of class. However as this is a career-oriented course, you will make more progress if you start putting what you learn in class into practice. This also allows you to bring in any questions into class.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. Something to take notes with.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: DPP021

Please choose a course date 

Sun, day, 10 May - 10 May '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £69.00
Concession: £69.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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