How long does the training take?
Fast track training takes between 5-7 hours depending on your level of technical competency and learning speed. Training schedules are organised around your availability and we do understand that you will need to work during this time!
Is there a training fee?
We are currently offering free fast-track training to candidates who meet our immediate casting requirements and we do not charge for audition. For longer courses training fees range from £0-£195 depending on your experience, skillset and availability. When we invite you to audition we will guide you through the training options that suit you depending how much flexibility and freedom you want in your work with us.
What kind of acting experience is relevant?
We need actors with good character and improvisation skills. None of the
work is scripted, so our actors have to be able to draw the important points
from our client’s brief. Clients often want to play out the situation more than once in a session, so being able to adapt the character’s approach and reactions during the session is essential.
What skills will I need other than acting skills?
All our work is via video call so you’ll need to be computer literate, but we don’t need IT experts. You’ll also need to be able to facilitate the session, give feedback, and ensure you manage the session within the time allowed - but we'll train you in all this. We are always looking for development team members, so any other skills you have such as marketing or tv production are an added bonus.
What kind of equipment will I need?
You’ll need a reasonably new desktop or laptop computer and a webcam to
undertake the video calls. If you have a PC your computer will need to be running Windows 7 or higher (preferably Windows 10) and if you have a Mac then you'll need to update it reguarly. Please note that Actors cannot undertake work on any mobile devices (phones or tablets).
What sort of broadband connection will I need?
You should have the fastest broadband connection available - ideally a Superfast service. If you do not have Superfast Broadband try running a few tests with Skype at different times of day - you need a stable picture without pixilation and good audio/video synchronisation. You will need to be plugged directly into your router via an ethernet cable, so you are likely to need to be close to your router. When you're running a session you'll need to be able to tell the other occupants not to use the internet connection, so that you have maximum bandwidth. If you want to check your broadband speed go to www.speedtest.net and run their free test.
Do I need to be a member of Equity?
No, it’s not necessary to be an Equity member, but it is one of the factors we
take into consideration when selecting actors to begin working with us.
What does the audition involve?
We are looking for great actors who are exquisite listeners and fast learners. You will be asked to prepare a character for an improvised role-play, as well as give feedback on the role-play from the perspective of the character.
How do I apply for audition?
The application process takes roughly 20 minutes and has two parts;
1. Complete the online form : http://bit.ly/actor-application
2. Submit a 1 minute video
We cannot invite you to audition without both parts. We will only audition actors who have the right environment and suit our casting requirements.
How much will I get paid?
The rates of pay will vary according to the type of work and the kind of client. Whilst big corporates will expect to pay high rates for professional actors, we will also work for charities and other organisations for much lower rates. We expect to pay a minimum of £25 per hour of role-play work, rising to over £100 plus per hour for the most challenging work.
How can I get access to the highest paid work?
We offer the highest paid work to the actors with the best ratings, who are consistently trustworthy and professional. The best thing you can do is be available, always turn up, prepare well and perform brilliantly, and then you’ll be on track to get more and better-paid work.
How much work am I likely to get?
The amount of work you are booked for will vary depending on
- the amount of client work we have coming in
- your availability at times when clients want to book
- your skillset and casting
- your ratings (you will be rated by clients), similar to tripadvisor
What hours can I work?
We operate from 8am to 10pm seven days a week, so you can apply for work anytime between those hours. In future we expect to start working with international clients in different time zones, so eventually we will be operating 24 hours a day.
How long does each session last?
The shortest session we allow a client to book is 30 minutes, but some jobs require you to be available for up to 8 hours.
Where will I work from?
Via video actors undertake the work from home. You’ll need a private, quiet room
where you can work without interruptions or disturbances. We have some
standards that we set for the environment you work from including your
background and lighting. We’ll give you some guidelines and check your environment before you start training.
How do I make myself available for work?
There's no need to frequently update your availability, although it is useful for us to know if you'll be unavailable for a long period of time. You'll be notified when work that fits your casting comes in, then you can put yourself forward for the job.
What if I have to cancel a booked session?
We know that you're likely to get auditions and you can cancel a booking up to 24hours before. We simply ask that you give us as much notice as possible so we have time to re-assign the job to another actor and ensure we never let our clients down. Frequent cancellations at short notice will effect your future casting opportunities.