Very new and in need of some help please!

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    Hi All!

    I could really do with some help or some insight into how to even begin working in this industry. I'm very new to this profession, and have very recently graduated from a 2 year intensive conservatory programme in New York. I'm now back in London trying to work, getting an agent is very difficult as they all have said they would like to see me in something which is of course understandable, so I'm now on that step to try and get work. I've applied for a lot of work, paid and unpaid on casting call pro, I seemed to have gotten a lot of profile views but absolutely zero response. I guess the question I'm asking is, does my profile need sprucing up, or are my headshots not up to par or is my cv not upto scratch. Majority of work on my cv is stuff I did during training. And finally are the above all actually fine and is this just the ruthless nature of this industry? I would really appreciate any insight, being very new this is quite a daunting prospect.

    Thanking you all in advance!

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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    Student films "can" be good source of showreel fodder...however, I hear so often you wait ages and ages for the footage and then it can often be rubbish...footage is often unavailable for ages if at all....or just does not show you as an actor off well enough.

    I shoot reels from scratch...listed under resources etc. If you share the costs with an actor or actress who contrasts with your casting type....and split costs .....its works out cost effective...and saves you trying to gain footage from students who chose to disappear into the wilderness once you have provided your services!

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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    Oh...and I don't charge a penny till the actors are 100% satisfied with the edit!

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  • Rebecca Probyn

    Actor

    The aim is to get the credits from your training off your CV.

    Ideally your CV should only show professional jobs which is obviously tricky when starting off!

    It is a hard slog and unfortunately there is no magic solution to it.

    I would keep applying to jobs on CCP and also networking can help. I have landed auditions from friends of friends, people I have worked with before and one time from going to a fringe theatre production and chatting with the director afterwards!

    The first year out of drama school is a difficult one and many people don't last because it is too hard going.

    The thing to do is be pro-active and remain positive. There will be times that you feel like the world is against you (its not!). You will get there if you are professional and treat people with respect (and needless to say, a good actor!)

    Many actors forget that you are essentially a one man business and you need to put the work in and remain professional.

    A good training is going on Tour. Be it TIE or Panto of which there are always plenty of tours about.

    TIE may notbe for everyone but I would say it is an excellent "training" experience.

    You learn a lot and not just about the touring experience. You will certainly learn to bite your tongue when it comes to some of the people you may have to work with.. a worthwhile learning experience in itself!

    I shall top rambling now but I wish you all the best and just keep slogging away, you will get there.

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