The Actors Centre

I'm Still Here

WHAT IS IT? Returning to the profession after an absence and re-establishing your identity can present a formidable challenge. These hour-long one-to-one sessions will help actors re-evaluate their brand image in terms of casting range, and access internet/media resources in order to maximise employment prospects. HOW WILL IT WORK? Person-centred advice will be given about head shots, CV, covering letters, casting directors, agents, networking, audition monologue, and how to strategically market your USP (unique selling point) and previous experience within the parameters of your casting. Some role play and improvisation will assist in verifying your niche market, and dispel the myth that you are at a disadvantage from not having been visible within the industry. Phil will help you identify ways in which to consolidate and implement this procedure. WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? Increased self-confidence to empower you at interviews, together with a high-end marketing plan, so that instead of being ‘the one who slipped through the net’, you interact productively with casting directors and agents, and generate a positive response. Please bring head shot portfolio, resume and covering letter - and also prepare a short audition monologue. Price: £45


Phil Shaw

 Phil trained as an actor at The Webber Douglas Academy and has worked in the theatre, film and TV industry for over 25 years. He was also an agent with ICM (now ITG) and has independently cast commercials for JWT, Great Guns and Ridley Scott Associates. His casting credits include – Marguerite Duras’ Days in the Trees with Corin Redgrave and Rachel Kempson (BBC Radio 4), People Are Living There and The Chalk Garden with Constance Cummings (Kings Head); The Turn of the Screw (UK No 1 Tour); The Last Post with Gael Garcia Bernal (BAFTA nominated; Grand Prize – Berlin Film Festival), Romans 12:20 (Grand Jury Prize, ARPA Los Angeles), Deckies (Channel 4); casting consultant on Leo Media Group’s Love & Virtue and UK casting on the feature Italian Movies. He’s currently doing principal casting on the epic TV mini-series 1066-Conqueror for 24 creator, Robert Cochran (Exec Producer) & Conquest Prods & Sky TV. Phil is also a casting consultant to the National Film & TV School, a guest tutor at Central Film School, voice/audition technique coach, a career marketing consultant at The Actors Centre, and gives casting seminars at RADA, Central, LAMDA , The Old Vic New Voices and Spotlight Stand Up Drama. He also runs an actors' one-to-one and Skype consultancy/mentoring service.  


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