Podcast spin-off to film emerging actors for video series

Emerging Actors Roundtable producer Jonathan Harden
Emerging Actors Roundtable producer Jonathan Harden. Photo: Ori Jones
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A new online series following a group of emerging actors over the course of a year is to be created.

The project is a collaboration between casting services company Spotlight and audio project the Honest Actors' Podcast.

It will be filmed as a series of roundtable discussions between emerging actors entering the industry through various routes, including conservatoire training, university courses and without training.

The series will then be available on YouTube.

Honest Actors' Podcast creator Jonathan Harden, who will be producing the series, said the idea was to give people entering the industry an "honest impression of what it's like" and what they can realistically expect.

The filming will take place at Spotlight's headquarters in central London in November, with applications for the first cohort of performers now open.

Lauren McKinnon, who is head of marketing at Spotlight, said: "The Emerging Actors Roundtables are a great opportunity to tell the story of actors who are just embarking on the industry – the expectations, challenges, highs and lows, that many actors experience in the early stages of their career."

"It can be a daunting and overwhelming world to emerge into, and we want to help actors see the different ways in which you can approach it," she added.

Earlier this month, reality series Stage School was criticised for its unrealistic portrayal of drama training.

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