Top tips from Amanda Tabak, casting director of Kidulthood

Last week Casting Director Amanda Tabak visited The Mandy Network to host our latest Mandy CV surgery, where she gave one-to-one career advice to a selection of actors who applied to attend the event. Amanda is a member of the CDG and BAFTA and has casted for some renowned projects such as Kidulthood, Honeytrap and Balcony.

Top Tips from Amanda

  • Make sure the opening scene of your showreel is your strongest.
  • Your showreel needs to grab the CD’s attention in the first 10 seconds.
  • Do not rely on your agent to get you to the next level - network.
  • Get feedback on your showreel - it’s hard to judge yourself.
  • Streamline credits and skills on your profile.

Testimonials from the actors:

"Good breakdown of what to do to improve chances of getting work. Great insight from Amanda." Conor Charlton

"I received some great tips from Amanda, she was very personable and analysed my cv carefully - thanks Mandy for organising these!" Blain Neale

"Great session. She was really to the point and has given me a million and one things to think about. Thanks for organising this, what a fab opportunity for actors." Shona Graham

"Very useful. She didn’t sugarcoat anything which meant we got to go through a lot and it felt honest. Amanda was warm and spoke frankly which was perfect - I’m a big fan!" James Mcclelland

"It was good to get a professional perspective on how my CV came across. Thank you." Amy McAllister

How do I attend #MandySurgery sessions?

#MandySurgery sessions provide an opportunity for actors to get free one-on-one career advice from key casting directors in Film & TV. These events are run exclusively for Premium Members. Not a Premium Member? Sign up today to receive 30 days Premium trial and apply to attend our next Mandy Surgery for FREE!