During the year we will arrange for a trusted professional headshot photographer to come and take headshots. We'll also teach you what makes a good headshot, and how to get noticed! You'll learn the common headshot mistakes, and be able to talk to real casting agents and directors about what they look for in headshots.
Our course is unique in that we record many of your weekend sessions, and our editor assembles those scenes for you. This means you can see your progress throughout the year, while also learning what editors look for in acting performances. Seeing yourself on screen, seeing what choices an editor makes - and learning why they choose or discard takes - is a vital part of being an actor. Plus, you'll have a growing library of scenes you can use for your showreel!
Throughout the year we will hold seminars, workshops and Q&A sessions with industry professionals. People like Luke Brady from Casting Networks, who worked in casting on shows like Game of Thrones and movies like Prometheus. Or David Schaal, who you'll recognise from shows like The Office, The Inbetweeners and The IT Crowd.
Throughout the year we will run workshops with professional actors, directors and producers, creating original work and helping to round out your knowledge and experience. You'll learn movement techniques from the team who work with Andy Serkis, voice techniques from Naomi Todd (Mama Mia), the Meisner technique from Skye Hallam (RADA) and lots more!
Acting is as much about networking and making connections as it is about learning to act. Throughout the year, we'll invite you to networking events, screenings and workshops to help you grow your professional network and get your face in front of the people who matter.
One-to-One Career Advice
Throughout the year you'll receive one-to-one career advice sessions where we'll review your progress, discuss your options, look at your strengths and weaknesses, and help you plan your acting career.
As the year progresses you'll learn and perform scenes from scripts written specifically for the course and in many cases specifically for you. The scripts are designed to provide increasingly challenging roles to help you practise what you're learning as well as providing you with a variety of performance styles.
If you're interested in writing, you'll have the option to learn the basics of screenwriting and even contribute to the writing throughout the year - this is your course and we welcome your input!
As actors, you need to be able to work with directors with a wide range of directing styles. We teach you how to talk to directors, how to understand their notes and instructions, and how to form relationships that benefit the entire production you're collaborating on.
The Short Film
The year course culminates in a professionally written and shot short film that YOU have created, along with your classmates, under the guidance of our professional tutors.
The film will give you the opportunity to put everything you've learned to the test, and give you the ultimate showreel footage, as it will be produced professionally and be submitted to film festivals.
All of this is designed to provide you with the tools you need to get started in the industry.
We want you to succeed. Lots of our students have been signed by agents and cast for roles – and we hope you can help us make that record to continue.