Develop your career in France

The French cultural exception isn’t a myth — it’s true!
Understanding how things are done in France will save you a lot of time when it comes to building your career in our entertainment industry. Whether you live in France, want to move here or are looking to work here, we provide an overview of the French market, including its various opportunities, contacts, organizations and leading institutions, and work with you to:

  • identify and expand your network: who, how, where, when and why, plus what usually happens in France
  • prepare to shine at every occasion: general meetings, festivals, previews, premieres, callbacks, etc…
  • convey the right messages, clearly moving beyond your home country
  • develop the marketing tools your contacts expect (website, headshots, demo reel, CV, portfolio, etc.) and make sure that they’re right for France’s entertainment industry
  • communicate on social media like Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to improve your profile

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Imdb, Allociné… and me !

For all entertainment industry professionals, IMDb and AlloCiné are two platforms that need to have the latest information about you.

Like any collaborative platform, there are rules and conventions, which can be hard to grasp, for adding information or correcting previous entries.

Relax, we can take care of everything.
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What to say on social media?

Social media run on algorithms that, in simple terms, give active and prolific users more exposure.
The more you post, the more chances you have of being seen. More chances of being seen means more chances of reaching your audience and going viral (via likes, shares and comments). And the more viral you go, the more exposure the algorithms give you… It’s a virtuous circle that makes it essential to post regular content that’s relevant to your audience.

And that’s where things get complicated. The theory may be easy, but in practice the content gets harder to produce over time. During our meetings / this workshop, we will explore together:
• The right platforms for your goals
• How web content differs depending on your chosen platforms: both style and substance
• What to post: setting editorial guidelines
• How to tailor the same content to different networks: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.
• Your posting schedule

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PRODUCING A SELF-TAPE

Do you need to send a filmed scene to a casting director or film director for a screen test? In French or in a foreign language? Come along with your memorised text and your acting proposal and we’ll do the rest!

  • Filming your presentation and your screen test with an HF microphone and a light source,
  • Choosing the best shots together,
  • Layout and presentation work for your selection (title card with your name, contact details, role, etc.),
  • Exporting the finished result and sending it on your behalf to your agent or directly to the end recipient.

All of these tasks are handled by Christophe on our premises, by appointment.

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Work Beyond Borders Internationally

Aimed at actors who speak several languages and want to go global with their career.

Drawing on our extensive experience in Europe and the US and our work with world-renowned actors, casting directors, agents, school and institutions, we can partner you to launch your career outside of France.

We cover several areas depending on where you want to go:

  • what draws you to the targeted countries and their industry
  • the opportunities onsite
  • the top contacts here and there
  • the steps to take
  • reviewing or, if necessary, designing and creating your marketing tools to appeal to the destination country
  • networking (who, how, where, when, why and what)

For the English-speaking market, Christophe is here to work with you on your acting skills as you prepare for a screen test or role, and our Franco-American Elyssa will help you with your accent and pronunciation. She’s also an ideal partner for your self-tapes!

Sessions with Emmanuelle, Christophe or Elyssa, depending on what you need.

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Professional Encounters and Events

Festivals, conferences, roundtables, debates and screenings are unmissable opportunities to find out more about what other people are doing and gain insight into the industry. Artists, funders, technicians, organizers, promoters… everyone comes together and networks. So this is your chance to broaden your horizons with impromptu meetings and discussions, see your contacts again and consolidate your relationships, and why not promote your work.

Attending is important and could be invaluable.
To take full advantage of industry events, you might as well prepare ahead.

The work we will do together will help you :

  • Choose what/who you absolutely have to see/meet depending on your network and ambitions
  • Identify events you could attend
  • Put together a provisional programme
  • Reactivate your network before even going
  • Arrange informal meetings
  • Prepare to introduce yourself, present your work, promote who you are, what you do, and your short-, medium- or long-term plans
  • Consolidate your network and make lasting connections
  • Check your marketing materials (digital and traditional)
  • And more importantly, put in place a methodology that you could apply to all upcoming festivals

Post-event sessions available to go over what happened and reconnect.

Sessions with Emmanuelle or Christophe in our offices, by Skype, at an agreed location or by phone.

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Building up your network of contacts

Your network of contacts can also help you get work! And a network needs to be maintained, built up and improved, in keeping with customary practices, with your personal obligations and naturally with your preferences. During our sessions, among other things we will work on:

  • Setting up a methodology and a simple but effective calendar to help you maintain and above all expand your network of contacts
  • Selecting contacts to be developed and maintained from among your own contact networks
  • The different opportunities available to you to make new contacts
  • Making your efforts to maintain your contacts more meaningful and effective
  • Expanding your network to include new targets
  • Helping you better organise the way you manage and maintain your contacts
  • Your communication tools
  • Choosing and using social networks

These appointments are handled by Emmanuelle and Christophe.

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A casting, role to prepare ?

Some screen tests/casting calls demand more preparation than others, perhaps due to the scale of the project, the difficulty of the role or because it’s your first one in a while.

Private acting coaching will help you:

  • put together or try out (depending on your work before the session) a pitch, making improvements and additions if necessary
  • check that you can interact with other actors
  • make sure that you bring who you are and what you do to the character
  • put all that to the test with some challenging direction
  • remain available to work with the casting director and meet his/her requirements fast

The best time to see us?

  • On receiving the script: the work starts with the script reading. Invaluable for important roles
  • A few days before the screen tests (maximum three or four days)
  • An hour before the screen tests: ideal for ‘warming up’

Sessions with Christophe in our offices (ideally), by Skype or at an agreed location. If you’ve worked with Christophe before, this could be done by phone (to be discussed with him).

NB: sessions in thirty-minute blocks, depending on the role and your requirements.

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Introduce yourself

“So, tell us about yourself ! “This is a tricky question that you are unlikely to feel confortable with. You try to make a joke, to wriggle out of the situation, but still, you can’t answer the question correctly and make sure everyone will remember you. So, let’s check together

    • ✓ What you could say
    • ✓ How to take advantage of a one-to-one conversation
    ✓ What information you could say first ?

We’ll put you in situation (in English first, then in French, if you want to) !

Role/casting in foreign languages

«Sincerity is universal.»

Drawing on his coaching experience in Hebrew, Swedish, Tuareg, Turkish, Arabic and obviously English, Christophe prepares you for roles in all languages. The directions are in French or English.

And for roles in English, Elyssa, our Franco-American, will be your best coach for the accent and pronunciation.
For other languages, we will not work on accents or pronunciation.

In the same way as for preparing for screen tests or preparing for roles, the work will help you:

  • step back from the script
  • check or improve the sincerity of your portrayal
  • find the right breathing technique for the spoken language
  • for some actors, overcome the language barrier and the diction it demands

The best time to see us?

  • On receiving the script: the work starts with the script reading. Invaluable for important roles
  • A few days before the screen tests (maximum three or four days)
  • An hour before the screen tests: ideal for ‘warming up’

Sessions with Christophe in our offices (ideally), by Skype or at an agreed location. If you’ve worked with Christophe before, this could be done by phone (to be discussed with him).

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Be ready for your interview!

TV, radio, press and even blog interviews are important moments in your career.
You have the opportunity to promote your values, ambitions and vision of a role, film or project.
Particularly when you’re involved in a project with a social (domestic violence, paedophilia, disease, etc.) or political message (ecology, extremism, etc.), you will be asked about the subject. And that demands preparation to avoid making a misstep that could go viral.

    At premieres and award ceremonies, you may need to address the audience. Preparing a clear, powerful and concise speech lasting around a minute is important.
    And so we can work with you to:
  • go over the project, how you pitch it and any concerns you may have
  • prepare for interviews with filmed mocks (with sync sound)
  • analyze your response after watching the mocks, highlight keywords and relevant ideas, define your message as an artist and citizen, and list the terms to be banned to avoid any ambiguity
  • emphasize your commitment to your industry, clarify your goals and look to the future.

One or more sessions, depending on how confident you feel, may be needed. Call us to talk it over.

These sessions are handled by Christophe in our offices, by Skype, by phone or at an agreed location.

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