Is Mandy worth it?

Hey I wanna know if you guys think a subscription for Mandy is worth it. I had it for 3months and realised I've applied for almost everything in eligible for, but I've only had two auditions and I've sent in a bunch of self tapes but didn't hear anything back.
Is it really worth the £20.40 per month?

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  • Lathaniel Dyer
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  • Tom Tunkin-Jones
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I've been with CC/Mandy on and off for the last 5 or 6 years. I've sometime's applied for lots of paid jobs and got a handful of Auditions and other time's I've applied for one job and walked out with it a week later.

As with all acting jobs, along with talent, and looks, there's always an element of luck involved. Some month's you'll be lucky and then you may go through a dry spell. I can tell you, I pay a lot more for spotlight and never got anything particularly good from it.
Where as on here, two years back I got an awesome theatre tour on here which paid well into the double figures. So I'd say yes but you just have to be persistent through the downturns.


  • Andrew Wright
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Been with CCP/Many since 2005 and its where most of my work comes from


  • Don Mcgilvray
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i fully agree with you Tom Tumkin Jones, you get spells of been viewed and better still under consideration the another time your still plugging away and still applying with no joy so overall Mandy is a great tool for our career, you have to keep plugging away but and its got to still be good for the small outlay, when i first finished training i competed two courses and hadnt done a full year and had only one credit to my name, i attempted to get on spotlight and they said i hadnt qualified as i would need to have done a full year or have four credits even though it would cost then £140, ive now got more than enough credits including IMDB mainly thanks to Mandy but ive no intention of waisting any hard earned money on spotlight.


  • Peter McCrohon
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For me, definitely. Looking at this year alone, I had a theatre job in January/February from this site, in the summer I had an outdoor theatre job (I worked for them last year having got the audition from Mandy) and am about to do a sixth pantomime season for a company who I auditioned for after seeing it on Mandy.. The previous were all paid jobs. In addition, I also got two filming jobs on here, which were only expenses, but good for my showreel. I've also had a communication today re ongoing work based on an application I sent yesterday on here.


  • Meryl Griffiths
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I've been with Mandy (or CCP as was) for a few years now and I think the quality of jobs offered and of course the associated fees has really deteriorated. There are very few jobs that are remotely of interest to me a the moment. . I've kept up my subscription just for the occasional (fringe) theatre job but that's it. I do have a commercial agent so get most of my work for them. But have in the past wanted to balance their primarily commercial work with other things - like theatre. But ...not sure it's worth it for much longer.


  • Meryl Griffiths
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I should also say, Joshua, that 3 months in the grand scheme of things is a relatively short time so don't lose heart quite yet! Let the year's membership run its course .... and hope something comes through. I decided when I first joined that it would be worth it for the 'shop-window' it offers... if I just broke even or even came in at a very small loss. Good luck!


I get most of my work from here and it's paid for itself ten times over for me - but I do know actors who aren't fans and say they get nothing. Overall, I think it's fantastic, although there have been a lot of tech-related issues recently that are making it less user-friendly and causing me some problems when trying to use it to further my career. As Meryl says, it is deteriorating, although I feel that's more down to the technical issues with the site than the quality of jobs - there's a lot of not great stuff advertised, but there's also a few gems, which I think are worth the fees. If you have the money to spare, it is cheaper overall to subscribe for the year, although that does mean you can't cancel halfway through. And (also as Meryl says!), three months is not that long overall - it could take you a few months or even a couple of years to build up to the kind of work you want. Speaking as someone who's been plugging away for around ten years now and is currently enjoying a decent amount of success, it's worth keeping going. Keep on trucking!


  • Meryl Griffiths
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Hey again Joshua
Just had a quick peek at your profile page. You do have a fabulous face (am I allowed to say that!!!) but you really do need to get yourself a show-reel. I know it's a bit of a catch 22 in that the best show reels will show you doing 'real' work but you might consider investing in a one through on of the companies that offer that service. There are a few in the resources page. I used Mark Kempner for mine (albeit to edit existing footage I already had). Have a look at what he offers - and there are others I am sure if you want to use one local to you.


Sure I'm the same. Not sure what to think, but there are some gems out there - that no doubt I mightn't get once I mention my disability.

Mandy.com should have a section for that, because otherwise the jobs I get are weird. Weird for me, that is.

I dunno either, but you might get a break. You might not. I know it does take a while, and I'm looking into other things; applying for the things I like the look of, and just crossing my fingers.

I know it's difficult, and it's even harder when 1) disability isn't really represented on screen, and 2) patience is not a word in my vocabulary!


  • Joanna Zwierzynska
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Hi,

From all websites similar to Mandy, I think mandy.com is the best. I got a few jobs via mandy but never via spotlight.. What do you think about spotlight?


Last I heard of Spotlight was they won’t take you unless you’ve done broadcast work, and there’s a list of ‘accredited schools’ that if you go to them you’ll get on.

Needless to say, N. Ireland doesn’t really feature. And Spotlight is quite expensive, too...


I think that it all depends on what you are after:
I think this is a fair way to break it down.

Mandy : jobs that do not get vetted properly, Everyone can apply and be seen, but there are so many that it may be the case that numbers will be in your favour

Spotlight: The main casting database - if you have a mediocre or slightly less competant agent, you won't really get much from it also - but it is a requirement now in the industry to be taken seriously

Most actors who are steadily employed get their work through their agent. The ones with the really good agents dont even need use these sites period.

So it depends on what sort of work you want to do, do you want to do low budget films/ corporate jobs then mandy is fine, it beats doing a day job anyway.

But if you want to be on stage in a west end theatre doing a 3 month run of a play, then I'm afraid no casting website will help you - those jobs go straight to agency and then in most cases someone will take it. It probably won't even trickle down to the smaller agents.

You have to remember that in this business everyone knows everyone - if you want the good jobs, make yourself known to the right people

Hope this helps


  • Cora Anne Williams
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Well is Mandy.com worth the money ,for me absolutely I work nearly all the time ,happy to say had some ( big ) paying jobs but then I’m a hustler looking for work going to Auditions Taping,etc .Im dedicated to my job as an Actor ,have to say I also have a awesome Agent


I've been applying for all kinds of things on Mandy for the past three months, so similar to your situation. I really plugged away at applications for the first month, as it was a free trial period - I ended up doing 4 things (all student productions, one was a main role), so I decided to pay for a whole year in advance, as it works out cheaper.

I've since done another 6 things which I got through Mandy, so it's not all that bad. One was a paid job (£60, but it was for just 4 hours' work), but they were all speaking parts. I'm just building up footage that I can then put together as a show reel.

Good luck... I recommend you just go for a whole year's subscription because three months isn't really representative of what's going on in the real world.


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