Going global

An irresistible attraction to films, TV shows and plays by foreign directors and producers? Fancy a change? You may or may not be bilingual. What do you need to do? Who should you contact? How can you keep in contact despite the distance? Moving abroad or between here and there?
A web conference to help you make decisions, have the right reflexes and understand what can happen in your target country.

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Who?

For all actors who want to work internationally.

How?

You can join this web conference from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device.
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Why?

  • To give yourself what you need to succeed
  • To prepare for overseas travel and/or procedures

What?

Requirements: fluency in at least one foreign language.
During this web conference, we cover all the following points:

  • Where to go?What are your ambitions, opportunities, possibilities, spheres, registers… as well as the good reasons for moving into other regions, what are the market realities and genuine opportunities available to you? Moving abroad or remaining based in France? Focusing on co-productions and/or surfing on the wave of emerging international platforms? Presentation of this booming niche market. European and international overview.
  • How to target your contacts and work with them remotely. As with any market, there are specific contacts but who are they? How can you identify them? How do you contact them? Make them aware of your work? Build bridges? We share our tips and techniques.
  • Finding the information needed to better understand the marketWhich platforms, locations, institutions, resources and structures in the various countries can be invaluable sources of information for taking the market’s pulse, better understanding how it works, its key players and how to approach it?
  • Methodology to develop your cross-border networks: Once your goals have been set, contacts identified, necessary steps listed, marketing tools tailored to the target markets and message sharpened, all you need do is arrange a meeting and get on the plane or train to reap the benefits of all your hard work!
  • How to activate your network in your home country : As there are several possibilities depending on the scenario, we provide plenty of ideas, suggestions and ways of working so that everyone can find their own. There’s not one way of doing things but several, depending on you.
  • Laws within the countries : The French cultural exception is an exception, as the name suggests! A few reminders of the legal and administrative aspects of other countries, European and international, that you need to consider to work abroad.
  • Different marketing tools: Every country is different, or are they? Review of the major differences between the tools that will help you in your efforts and make you visible to your contacts throughout the year. How and where to access accurate information depending on the target country.

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Forming a support system: agent, coach and other important collaborations

To build a career, it’s best to be well supported and, contrary to what you might think or what the market seems to suggest sometimes, you have a choice… a choice that may seem slim or relative at first, but a real choice all the same: you can choose your agent, coach, photographer, press officer, etc. It shouldn’t feel like a unilateral choice made by one side, but a mutual decision to work together because you click and are on the same page.

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Who?

For actors, throughout their career.

How?

You can join this web conference from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device.
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Why?

  • To be supported effectively
  • To make an agent aware of what the artist offers
  • To work with your agent
  • To acquire a methodology of action
  • To start taking steps to find an agent quickly.

What?

The agent: a constant companion

  • How to identify a talent agent: since January 2016, when the licence to work as a talent agent was withdrawn, the number of agencies has more than doubled. Why go more towards one than the other? How can you choose from an ever-longer list? Who is who? How can you tell them apart? How do you know who to contact?
  • How to approach a talent agent and with what message: Meeting them at an event? Emailing them? Contacting them by social media? Calling or stopping by their office? We explore all these situations so that everyone can find the one(s) that suit them best. Once that’s been decided, we see how to approach them and what to say to gain their attention and make them aware of your work. We can then work on the content of the meeting/email/post, etc. Because that’s clearly what makes the difference!
  • Which marketing tools to use: When opportunities for face-to-face meetings are few and far between, all the marketing tools you have up your sleeve will be your showcase, such as your CV, photos, demo reel, social media, etc. But how and when to use them in the right way? NB: we will only be taking an overview rather than exploring in detail how they’re put together (see the web conference “Marketing tools for working in France” and/or “Social media and marketing strategy”).
  • How to keep track over time: for various reasons, finding an agent takes time. So, how can you stop losing the thread? And keep going to benefit from your hard work? And react to negative, ambiguous, surprising and/or positive responses?
  • How to prepare an initial meeting with a talent agent: The idea is to get to know each other better, want to see each other again, motivate both parties to work together for better or worse and lay the foundations for a lasting relationship. Let’s calm those first date nerves!
  • How to work together: your agent is your ally, your collaborator, your ambassador and your wingman! It’s best if you complete, complement and understand each other, moving forward without stepping on each other’s toes, providing mutual support, mutually opening doors and showing mutual trust. The aim being that you work together over and over again until you decide otherwise!

Coaches and other important collaborations

  • Working on screen tests with an outside eye: we will say what we want, but… any criticism will be constructive!
  • Photographer / editor / hair stylist / makeup artist / press officer / image coach / community manager / personal assistant: a team working for you… it’s up to you to surround yourself with professionals who will follow you, support you and understand you, and who you can trust when you’re at the top! A career isn’t built singlehandedly and two heads are better than one. As you meet more people and gain more experience, try to spot who could help get your plans off their ground. All these collaborations are chosen and the choice is yours.

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Expanding and maintaining your professional network: the tools for success

No more post-it notes, contact details jotted down on scraps of paper, notebooks you never read or printed phone books, let’s go digital and damn well enjoy it!
After this web conference, you will have a tool that will help you not just keep track of your network, but also to check the correlation between your network and goals, and see exactly where you are versus your ambitions, targets and initiatives.

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Who?

All actors who need to develop their network.

How?

You can join this web conference from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device.
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Why?

  • To manage and track contacts: methodology
  • To create and seize opportunities

What?

  • Maintaining an overview of your network: Take a closer look at the steps you take or don’t take, the connections you have or don’t have and what does or doesn’t help you move closer to what you want to do tomorrow! We explore the tools you need to thrive and stick with your goals throughout your career…
  • Keeping in touch with your contacts, those acting partners you bump into on rare shooting days, at a festival, at an event: what’s the point? How? What tools do you have to create the network you need?
  • How to expand your network:
  • When you know where you are, all you need do is head to where you want to go. But when and how? How can you use your existing network? Are there other possibilities? Can you ever feel like a fish in water swimming in those circles? That’s what we see in practical detail at this stage of the conference.
  • Necessity versus opportunity: how not to fall in the trap.

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Attending professional events: the specific case of festivals

Festivals are popular with professionals; recent productions are presented here, often exclusively and sometimes alongside debates and specific gatherings. But you don’t (always) feel like you belong there. And you don’t (always) know how attending can benefit you, especially when you don’t have a film that’s being screened or you’re not performing.

Watch this webinar and you will understand everything that attending a festival can bring you.

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Who?

Everyone in the industry: actors, directors, producers, writers, screenwriters, etc.

How?

You can join this web conference from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device. Internet connection required.

Why?

  • To be prepared to go to festivals: organization and checklist of what there is to do
  • To get the most out of attending festivals, whether or not you’re performing
  • To choose the festivals to take part in or attend

What?

We will explore the following key points together to work out how to take full advantage of your festival and come back raring to go again:

  • A festival needs to be prepared: together we list the things you need to do or prepare to feel as comfortable as possible and get maximum benefit out of your festival.
  • We review the onsite organization: making the right choices, artistic versus strategic.
  • Marketing tools (physical and digital): which are essential, good to have or not important?
  • We present a few of the festivals in Europe, including Cannes, San Sebastian, Namur, the Berlinale, Avignon, Edinburgh, La Rochelle and Luchon: highlights, programming, etc.
  • Meetings or get-togethers during a festival: how to handle them with the different scenarios we present.
  • How to introduce yourself: a tricky time that you either love or loath!
  • How to choose the right festivals for you depending on your goals.
  • And finally, we will of course see how to network onsite and what to do after the festival to build on the important contacts.

NB: Given the large amount of information in this module, please also see: “Attending professional events whether or not you’re performing” which covers everything other than festivals.

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Social media and marketing strategy

“Social media is so time-consuming!” … “everything we put online is saved without us knowing!” … “lots of people just post rubbish!” … “it’s full of fake news!” … “I don’t want everyone to know about my private life!” … “I don’t have anything to say!”
It’s time that social media do you more good than harm!
This web conference will help you get more out of it and choose the right one for your visibility goals. Who are their audiences? How can you set your accounts and profiles to only get information that interests you? How do you send tailored messages to targeted recipients? How do you save useful information? How can you organize the messages on your wall and get rid of ones you don’t want? Finally, and most importantly, what should you post?

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Who?

Actors who are reluctant to use social media.

How?

You can join this web conference from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device.
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Why?

  • To better understand how each platform works to save time and stop wasting it
  • To introduce editorial guidelines to stop wondering what to post
  • To master the use of marketing tools and make them work for you

What?

  • Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/LinkedIn/IMDB.com
    In their own way, all these social media platforms can help improve your profile, maximize your exposure, reach your audience and communicate with your industry. We see how you can use them to achieve your goals: purpose, conventions, technical specifications and gaining recognition.
  • Setting editorial guidelines
    For many people, knowing what to post is a nightmare, so we offer you a very simple solution: explaining the point of using your chosen platforms and then it’s game on! We will work on that together and give you plenty of ideas…

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Screen tests: practice makes perfect

You may feel unsure when you receive a scene for one of your next auditions. Without knowing what the casting director wants, you struggle to take one direction more than another. That’s not unreasonable, after all: isn’t the actor supposed to be led by a director? But you have to make a clear choice, from which the casting director will decide (or not) to work with you on one or more projects.
This web conference will give you the keys to understanding how to prepare your screen tests and arrive fully composed, relaxed and confident.

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Who?

Actors who film screen tests (regularly or not).

How?

You can join this web conference from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device. Internet connection required.

Why?

  • To develop a working approach to preparing a monologue or scene (with or without information on the role)
  • To hone your instincts
  • To make the script your own
  • To understand what the actor can bring to the character
  • To rise to the challenge set by the casting director

What?

  • The first reading: the traps to avoid
  • Discovering the scene: understanding the genre and rhythm
  • Preparatory work at the table alone or with a partner
  • The “effects” of staging: room for manoeuvre
  • Actor’s approach: when everything is possible, which one should you choose?
  • The concepts of typecasting and casting against type
  • Clichés: to avoid them or not?
  • Common mistakes to avoid
  • Being prepared for meeting the casting director

Message and stance as an actor

As an actor, you have an image to construct and convey in order to progress in your career and be contacted for the projects that interest you and the roles right for you. All that is also tied up with your message and what your network knows and remembers about you, irrespective of the roles you’ve played up to now. This web conference will give you the tools to better define the artist you are beyond the figure people see on screen or on stage.

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Who?

All actors who want to steer their career towards more suitable projects.

How?

You can join this web conference from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device.
Internet connection required.

Why?

  • To understand the impact you can have on your network.
  • To raise your profile amongst the networks developing projects that particularly interest you.
  • To feel at ease everywhere you go.
  • To approach positively and prepare effectively for informal and/or formal meetings.

What?

(includes film, TV and theatre)

  • Being active and proactive (and not responsive).That’s the key to unlocking a career as an actor: you need to be a driver, a leader, and make sure that what you offer and who you are (and not necessarily what you do) make people want to work with you. Which levers can you pull?
  • The actor’s relationship to other professionals: how to be (or feel) equal to other artists, some of whom have impressive careers and profiles?
  • The actor and the environment: correlation between what you offer and your network, as there can’t be one without the other!
  • Your image: it makes you an “obvious” choice so that you’re considered for certain roles or projects. How can you convey the right “messages”?
  • How to prepare for and manage informal and/or formal meetings: how to nuance your message depending on the context. How to approach someone you “admire” or particularly want to work with. An introduction is best prepared, obviously. But are there rules? What are they? What do you need to do?
  • Hence the need to have a general understanding of the sphere or networks you want to move in.
  • Talking about yourself via your marketing tools and social media: How to maintain consistency between your career goals, message and tools. How essential are marketing tools and networks, and what are their limitations
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Attending professional events whether or not you’re performing

You’re not very sociable, you don’t enjoy hobnobbing, you have nothing to say to your contacts… OK, so stay at home and read a good book, look forward to the parent-teacher meeting, all of which are far more interesting, and wait for them to come and get you… But we’re not sure that that will work very well or for long… so put aside your preconceived ideas and overcome your fears…. there’s nothing like preparing to help you feel confident to do something — improvisation isn’t for everyone!
Given the large amount of information in this module, it’s divided into two conferences (please also see Attending professional events, the specific case of festivals).

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Who?

Everyone in the industry: actors, directors, producers, writers, screenwriters, etc.

How?

You can join this web conference from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device.
Internet connection required.

Why?

  • To better understand the point of attending industry events: regaining interest in your colleagues’ work and your own sphere
  • To choose the events to take part in or attend
  • To be prepared to attend industry events

What?

  • What industry events are we talking about? Flocking to them all? How can you choose? We take a look at all these incredible opportunities to see and be seen!
  • You might be performing or not, a special guest or not, directly or indirectly involved… There’s always a good reason to go and come back feeling glad you went.
  • How can you expand or maintain your network onsite? How do you meet the important people you’ve identified? That’s all part of preparing for the event and will be examined in detail.
  • Follow up on the event or not? What to do in various scenarios.

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Marketing tools for working in France

CV, photos, demo reels, business cards, social media and other platforms… Your marketing tools follow conventions that change over time and can also vary with the audience. They need to be tailored to the market (in this case, France), but also reassure the person seeing them as to who you are. They should reflect you as an artist but not close doors to the various opportunities that could arise. When are they really useful? What form should they take? How and where should they be distributed?

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Who?

All actors already working or hoping to work in France

How?

You can join this webinar from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device.
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Why?

  • To create tools reflecting what you convey and what you offer
  • To create tools tailored to the targeted market: here, France
  • To develop the tools over your career

What?

  • CV: Questions about CVs just keep on coming. How do you structure them, what rules should you follow? Do you need several different ones? Which information should you prioritize? In what order? Do you need a different CV for your agent? What do you do when you have lots of different entries? Should you include everything? Write everything down?
    Often compiled on the basis of opinions overheard here and there, without really knowing what the right solution is, what you should or shouldn’t do, CVs can be a real headache. During this web conference, we answer all your questions once and for all!
  • Photos: Clearly the most important and powerful of your tools. Photos are what your contacts look at first, what circulates online, what you present and what are given to production teams during the crucial audition phase or when preparing for the shoot. Meaning that your photos have got to be good. But what is a good photo? How do you get the most out of a photoshoot? How do you prepare for it? Which photo(s) should you choose? How many do you need? What about the infamous “neutral” photo? We tell you everything so that your photos start putting you on the radar and the right track.
  • Demo reels: Now an essential tool, often requested but not always watched, what exactly is a demo reel? What do your contacts really expect? What criteria should it meet? Can a demo reel work against you? What’s its lifespan? What can you do when you don’t have a demo reel or recent images? Pitch, edit and choice of scenes, length, distribution… we go over all the important points to ensure that the tool boosts your profile.
  • Business card: Not so common anymore but really useful on various occasions, we explore exactly how to use them!
  • Digital marketing: No doubt about it, you have got to go digital. You have to have a social media presence; be easy to find in certain industry directories; communicate via email or Messenger. Do you need a website? What’s the best email signature? Which networks, what posts? Which directories? How can you use all these tools effectively to network, get yourself known, and ultimately be considered for roles through your e-visibility?