Returning after a long break

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    Hi,

    I'm hoping for a bit of advice on my current situation - I am wanting to return to performing after a long break and am hoping to find representation.

    I graduated 10 years ago from drama school. Upon graduating, I was looked after by the school's agency and spent the next few years struggling by before retraining as a teacher.

    As a result of this, I have no recent credits and most of them are during training. So, I have the CV of a recent graduate, but I am not recently graduated!

    Has anyone come across this before? How do I turn this potential negative into a positive?

    I feel that I should be writing to agents and am doing all my research. Is it worth writing if you don't have any performance to invite them to? I feel like I should be proactive, but I don't want to waste anyone's time if no agent is going to consider me without seeing my work.

    Thanks in advance for any advice!

    Maia x

    • 27th Feb 2017
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  • Sue Parker-Nutley

    Actor

    My advice would be to do some student films in order to get show reel footage. Most Agents won't touch you without a show reel. At the moment you only have audio on your page, so no-one can actually SEE you acting.

    Good Luck with it all - and by the way, I didn't train, and didn't even become professional until 6 years ago, but have managed to achieve a very extensive CV.

    Sue

    • 7th Apr 2015
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  • Farah Sardar

    Actor

    Do it. Do it NOW!

    • 7th Apr 2015
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  • Farah Sardar

    Actor

    Use a webcam/playbook, whatever and create your own stuff to show everyone what your made of. You can edit in Windows Movie Maker Live.

    This is the quickest way. I have received jobs and auditions from home-made stuff - one of them being an audition for Citizen Khan.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QvXe6cR5sA

    Easy Peasy Lemon squeesy !

    • 7th Apr 2015
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    Thank you both! I definitely need to brush up on my showreel... Only got two things so far and that was during training. Worth putting up??

    • 7th Apr 2015
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  • Christina Balmer

    Actor

    Hi Maia

    Good on you for taking the plunge! I have returned to professional work after a break of more than 15 years!!

    I have home filmed stuff on my showreel because I had no screen credits to show so I would definitely recommend this. You can find TV scripts online - on the bbc website which is really handy. Doing a student film is also an option. However, I have found most casting directors say to let them know when you're in something...very frustrating if you can't get the first gig! I was lucky as an agent saw me in the first pro show I did - but that WAS luck! Apply for profit share theatre so you have current credits and something to invite directors to.

    BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! Good luck!

    • 8th Apr 2015
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    Hey Maia,

    This getting to be a 'Return to club.' LOL. I have returned after a 9 year brake and like you it is very early days for me. As the ladies have said the showreel is the thing!You could also think about applying to some of the guy's on here who are looking to share scenes with fellow actors for their reels. Have a look at the Actors studio sight, they offer a weeks course and you will leave with a very glossy showreel. It's not cheap, but what is!

    If you attend the actor's centre, get to classes and workshops, keep the acting muscle honed and network.

    Actors have to be intrepid and no one more so than the RETURNED !

    God speed.

    Bren

    • 8th Apr 2015
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    All round musician? If you can play an instrument you need to push that, it seems like shows with actors playing musical instruments are all the rage.

    • 8th Apr 2015
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    Thank you so much for the advice and support - CCP is such a valuable resource! It can feel like you're the only one going through this; it's nice to know there are others :)

    I'm sure I will be venturing back for more advice soon - I hope I can return the favour!

    Maia x

    • 8th Apr 2015
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  • Rowena Meddeman

    Actor

    Hi Maia, I've also returned to the industry after a looong break! It's really tough out there and so many people doing it now compared with when I was younger. You could audition for a showcase or see if any other fellow actors would like to collaborate on some showreel scenes? I was lucky enough to get cast in a short film last year which I then used to help get me an Agent. Since then I've had a bespoke showreel done which I'm really pleased with. Hoping more TV and film castings will now come my way. Best of luck to you.

    Rowena x

    • 9th Apr 2015
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  • Mairead Armstrong

    Actor

    Student films and new head shots

    • 9th Apr 2015
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    Hi all,

    Thanks for all your feedback - I am applying for all sorts now! It's good to hear from people going through the same thing and having a positive experience.

    Mairead, would love your opinion on the headshots - any pointers would be great.

    Cheers!

    Maia

    • 13th Apr 2015
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    Hi Maia

    Welcome to my club lol!

    I didn't really take a complete break from acting, it never really goes away! However ended up doing lots of office work just to get by over the years as acting never kicked off for me.

    The last pro work I did was 2009 and before that I did some corporate work and a Screen Acting Post Graduate at drama school. Managed to get a decent showreel, which is now fairly old. Fortunately I don't look massively different. which is good :) anyway, I've been going through the same thing, applying to jobs on Casting Pro but no luck so far. Wondering if it is the gap.. Back in the spotlight and thinking about doing a monologue with them which is currently £50 :( Had new head shots and starting writing to casting directors. I would say you're definitely not alone. If you need someone to do showreel material, be happy to help.

    • 13th Aug 2015
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  • Brian Croucher

    Actor

    Don't make a long break an excuse..........."If Maia Has Talent" and a show reel she will get into the next round. You are never tooo old to make a comeback look at Rocky, and me at 73 still bobbing and weaving!!

    BCx

    • 20th Aug 2015
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    Hi Brian

    I think you may be absolutely right :)

    • 20th Aug 2015
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  • Brian Croucher

    Actor

    ........right on! BC

    • 20th Aug 2015
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  • Jack Baldaccino

    Actor

    Hi Maia, I'm in the same situation myself and what I'm doing atm is 1. Doing any low budget, student films so I can get to 2. Having a showreel to 3. Sending off for agents so I can 4. Get an agent and go for the bigger jobs :) I've had 4 years out but just got my first part in a student short the other day. It's more exciting when you're starting from scratch, you have a lot to go for and can build up again! Set yourself attainable goals and with talent and hard work, I hope to see you in a movie this year ;)

    Jack

    • 23rd Feb 2017
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  • Ian Jareth Williamson

    Actor

    Hi Maia

    All of the above is what I had to do.

    Since returning i just did as much as I could

    to get back into the flow of things. I did a lot of stuff with a team of students from cambridge film school so I didn't have to travel much. Lucky for me they are a very talented bunch.

    I was trying to get myself as many different roles/characters as I could with a view to getting as much show real material as possible.

    As Jack said do as much as you can and enjoy it too

    Ian

    • 23rd Feb 2017
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  • Ben Gardner Gray

    Actor

    You brave woman, all power to you! :)

    • 24th Feb 2017
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  • Corey Malone

    Actor

    Hello Maia!

    Welcome back. Loving all the responses that are coming in for you. What I'd say is that you need to come at it full force. Just because you're starting out does not mean that you don't have the right to brand yourself. Official Social Media Pages, Business Cards, and Gaining a Network are all within your realms right now! Yes, a showreel is great, but you need the professional confidence to seal the deal. The more established you look, the better your chances are to lock down parts and opportunities.

    Another piece of advice (and I should really practice what I preach on this one) is to create your own video content. Whether this be vlogs, 'how to' videos, monologues, etc. Those who are very successful are making their own work and getting themselves recognized.

    Please please please head the words of all the others and get an agent, a showreel, more classes. Just remember you can do all of this and begin to promote yourself at the same time.

    • 26th Feb 2017
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