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The training

Simon Dunmore

Simon Dunmore is a freelance theatre director, writer and acting teacher with over 30 years’ experience of employing actors. He has been a director in both the drama school sector and the professional arena, having been involved with Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and Mountview Theatre School, along with many of the UK’s other leading drama schools. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Actor’s Guide to Getting Work

Methuen Drama, 2012

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...You’ve got over the first big hurdle – getting a place at drama school (and funding it). Your focus will be on classes and productions (initially internal ones), but there are many other things you should start thinking about and preparing...

Applying for training – the details

Simon Dunmore

Simon Dunmore is a freelance theatre director, writer and acting teacher with over 30 years’ experience of employing actors. He has been a director in both the drama school sector and the professional arena, having been involved with Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and Mountview Theatre School, along with many of the UK’s other leading drama schools. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Actor’s Guide to Getting Work

Methuen Drama, 2012

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...The paperwork Every drama school is different and it’s important to be clear about each one to which you decide to apply. Although a minority require you initially to apply through UCAS (just one form and one deadline), all have...

Other forms of acting income

Simon Dunmore

Simon Dunmore is a freelance theatre director, writer and acting teacher with over 30 years’ experience of employing actors. He has been a director in both the drama school sector and the professional arena, having been involved with Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and Mountview Theatre School, along with many of the UK’s other leading drama schools. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Actor’s Guide to Getting Work

Methuen Drama, 2012

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...Most actors have long had to resort to other kinds of (apparently) unrelated work to bolster their incomes. Bar work, waiting at tables, cleaning, office temping, taxi driving, labouring, painting and decorating, telesales and promotions...

Equity and Spotlight

Simon Dunmore

Simon Dunmore is a freelance theatre director, writer and acting teacher with over 30 years’ experience of employing actors. He has been a director in both the drama school sector and the professional arena, having been involved with Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and Mountview Theatre School, along with many of the UK’s other leading drama schools. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Actor’s Guide to Getting Work

Methuen Drama, 2012

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...There are two major organisations that are at the heart of the acting profession – Equity and Spotlight. They were established within a few years of each other (between the two World Wars) and although they have different functions...

Your promotional material

Simon Dunmore

Simon Dunmore is a freelance theatre director, writer and acting teacher with over 30 years’ experience of employing actors. He has been a director in both the drama school sector and the professional arena, having been involved with Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and Mountview Theatre School, along with many of the UK’s other leading drama schools. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Actor’s Guide to Getting Work

Methuen Drama, 2012

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... Also, get their title right. As an Associate Director I used to get quite irritated if a letter was addressed to me as ‘Simon Dunmore, Assistant Director’. Don’t write to the Administrator/General Manager, either. They may have power...

Directors, producers, agents and casting directors

Simon Dunmore

Simon Dunmore is a freelance theatre director, writer and acting teacher with over 30 years’ experience of employing actors. He has been a director in both the drama school sector and the professional arena, having been involved with Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and Mountview Theatre School, along with many of the UK’s other leading drama schools. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Actor’s Guide to Getting Work

Methuen Drama, 2012

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...Actors have probably existed since before the invention of writing; actors’ agents have only been around since the invention of the telephone, just over a century ago. Prior to this, work-seeking actors had to make themselves known...

Professionalism: the business of being an actor

Simon Dunmore

Simon Dunmore is a freelance theatre director, writer and acting teacher with over 30 years’ experience of employing actors. He has been a director in both the drama school sector and the professional arena, having been involved with Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and Mountview Theatre School, along with many of the UK’s other leading drama schools. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Actor’s Guide to Getting Work

Methuen Drama, 2012

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... more work, but I hope that it might make whole process of getting it a little fairer. A brilliant perspective: ‘An actor’s career is a marathon; not a sprint.’ < www.simon.dunmore.btinternet.co.uk > ‘But habit...

The casting point: interviewing and auditioning

Simon Dunmore

Simon Dunmore is a freelance theatre director, writer and acting teacher with over 30 years’ experience of employing actors. He has been a director in both the drama school sector and the professional arena, having been involved with Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and Mountview Theatre School, along with many of the UK’s other leading drama schools. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Actor’s Guide to Getting Work

Methuen Drama, 2012

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...So, your promotional material has attracted someone’s attention and you’re asked to a ‘meeting’, ‘interview’, ‘audition’, ‘casting’ . . . There are a number of ways in which this could work. The main possible elements are an interview...

Low-pay/no-pay ‘work’

Simon Dunmore

Simon Dunmore is a freelance theatre director, writer and acting teacher with over 30 years’ experience of employing actors. He has been a director in both the drama school sector and the professional arena, having been involved with Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and Mountview Theatre School, along with many of the UK’s other leading drama schools. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Actor’s Guide to Getting Work

Methuen Drama, 2012

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...This is commonly foreshortened to ‘Lo/No Pay’ and can offer opportunities to (a) keep your acting juices flowing, (b) add to your CV and (c) get seen by casting directors and agents who you don’t yet know. There are two main areas: Fringe...

If you really want to be a professional actor

Simon Dunmore

Simon Dunmore is a freelance theatre director, writer and acting teacher with over 30 years’ experience of employing actors. He has been a director in both the drama school sector and the professional arena, having been involved with Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and Mountview Theatre School, along with many of the UK’s other leading drama schools. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Actor’s Guide to Getting Work

Methuen Drama, 2012

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...People who aspire to become professional actors are of all ages and backgrounds, ranging from those still in primary education to those who have held steady jobs for decades but still have yearnings for the profession. Each group of people...