As two of the UK entertainment industry's key organisations with more than 180 years' experience between us, we are delighted to be working together in New York to support our members who are based in the area or just visiting for a while.
Our career development event is for professionals who are members of Equity UK or Spotlight (or both) and is focussed on practical advice and information. All sessions are free but places for each part of the day are limited so make sure you book early.
14.00- 15.30 How to Network and Promote Yourself
Successful actors work hard creating and maintaining relationships. Pippa Harrison (Spotlight) and Louise Grainger (Equity UK) invite you to take part in a practical session on professional networking. This will cover various types of networking skills and techniques from the traditional to the digital.
We will look at the tools you need to become an efficient networker, providing you with information to enable you to get more meetings whether it be with agents, casting directors, producers or directors.
Join us for this and never again worry that everyone but you is a successful networker.
16.00 -18.30 One-to-One Advisory Sessions
Whether you’re just starting out or feel the need for a "refresher chat", this is an opportunity to have a 15-minute appointment about your career with Pippa Harrison, Head of Casting and Client Relations at Spotlight.
Anything is up for discussion, including photos, CVs, showreels, casting directors and agents (however, it is not possible for us to recommend specific agents).
19.00 -20.00 Q & A with Thom Goff, Executive Director, Breakdown Services
The Breakdown Services family of companies includes Breakdown Express, Actors Access Talent Link, Casting About and more which provide far reaching services to all facets of the entertainment industry and cover the entire casting process from Submissions to Auditions. Their websites allow talent representatives to submit their clients for roles, Casting Directors to cast their projects faster, and directors and producers to stay connected to the entire process. In addition, actors can maintain an online profile and submit themselves for roles when allowed by the Casting Director. Thom knows a lot about who's who in New York and how casting and representation work here - come and bring your questions.
Thom began working for Breakdown Services in 1989, taking over the running of the office in 1995. As Director of East Coast Operations, he oversees all aspects of the company’s subsidiaries in the New York market and on the east coast, including Actors Access. Much of his work consists of conducting seminars for actors, speaking extensively on the casting process and marketing yourself as an actor. Before Thom started with Breakdown Services he was an actor who performed at many U.S. stock and regional theatres in a variety of musicals and plays. He was a founding member and Managing Director of The 11th Hour Theatre Collective, which was housed at New York City’s Synchronicity Space during the early 1990s, and produced new sketches, plays, and forgotten works. Some of his own writings were performed by the Collective.