The Actors Centre

I'm Still Here

WHAT IS IT? This workshop is specifically geared to help experienced actors, with previous theatre, film and TV experience, who are returning to the profession after a prolonged absence, re-establish their identity with new agents and casting directors who may not be familiar with their previous work. Given the time lapse between professional engagements Phil will help actors to re-evaluate their brand image in terms of casting range and access key skills and media resources in order to maximise employment prospects. HOW WILL IT WORK? Advice will be given about headshots applicable to re-evaluated niche market, revised C.V., covering letter (structured to take account of professional absence), casting directors, agents, networking, (corporate, radio, commercials), audition monologue (applicable to revised marketing niche), and re-evaluation of USP (unique selling point) within the parameters of current casting. Improvisation in addition to your monologue will assist in verifying your niche, 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 and give you a fresh perspective on your ‘new type’, together with a high end marketing plan, so that instead of being the one who slipped through the net, you can confidently and productively interact with casting director and agents, and generate a positive response, knowing that you still have something valuable to offer the profession because new faces are always welcome (the luminous Liz Smith didn’t start in the business until she was in her 50s!). Please bring headshot portfolio, resume and covering letter, and also prepare a short monologue based on your casting type. Price: £18


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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