My taller half is decidedly cynical with regards to those workshops and seminars that pop up on various casting sites and find their way into every actor’s inbox. His thinking is that for the acting graduate, the application of common sense will cover the most part of the content and the exorbitant fees capitalise on the naïveté of young actors who are willing to hand over their cash for a fast route to meeting those elusive CDs, who in reality are not too interested in scouting new talent but every interest in your wallet. Whilst they have their place, they are not it seems, for him.
To some extent I would agree with him; and so did Benjamin Warren, a well established actor and one of the founding members of The Actors Guild. Founded in November 2010 by a collective of like-minded actors determined to do things their way, the Guild describes itself as an organisation which provides actors with ‘access to the highest quality classes with key industry professionals, whilst offering an antidote to the enterprises that might be out to take advantage of actors. Providing a haven, a support network and the opportunity to work with, and get feedback from, the very people you meet in the audition room’ With no obligation to commit to a ‘block of six’, members are able to pick and choose which classes they feel would be of most use, and which industry professionals they may garner the most from working with.
Given the conspicuous absence of TV work on my CV, (nobody seems to care about my one, exceptionally memorable line “just a burger, please” in kids classic ‘Kerr-ching!’ Sigh….), I accepted the Guild’s invitation to attend a workshop on ‘Auditioning for TV’ with director Terry Iland.