Two weeks ago, a selection of lucky Mandy Singers members attended a Musical Theatre workshop with acclaimed casting director Jim Arnold.
Jim Arnold is an Associate Casting Director for Pippa Ailion Casting, where he has worked on several West End musicals including ‘Wicked’, ‘Bend it like Beckham’, ‘Gypsy’, ‘Dreamgirls’, ‘Billy Elliot’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Charlie & The Chocolate Factory’, ‘Memphis’, ‘Motown’, and ‘The Book of Mormon’. He has also worked on several plays including ‘Oh What A Lovely War!’ (Theatre Royal Stratford East and UK Tour) and ‘The Rise And Fall of Little Voice’ (co-production with Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Our members worked on their songs with Jim and left with some crucial pointers to work on for their next auditions. Here’s what you missed:
"Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity last night! Absolutely loved it... was so lovely to hear honest feedback from Jim himself and was just interesting to hear what he had to say, not just from a personal point of view but to every individual! Something that really caught my attention and something I feel us performers should remember that everything is 'subjective'!"
- Fiorella Osborne
"I can’t thank you enough for having me at the Jim Arnold workshop. I loved being in that supportive environment and learned so much… Not only from Jim but from each and every performer. It was nice hearing Jim say this was the time to mess up! I loved his no-bullshit/tell it like it is the approach. Genuinely, these workshops are a solid place for actors to meet and learn not only from the Industry Professional but from each other. Thank you also for making it free!!! This business throws so many costs at us (I’ve done workshops before and on average they are about £30) that it was so nice that you guys went out of your way to “treat” us. I felt like it was my birthday when I received Abigail’s acceptance letter!"
- Candice Palladino
Would you like to get a chance to brush up on your audition skills and get free 1-2-1 time with an established industry expert? Check out the list of Mandy surgeries currently OPEN to submissions: