As most of you will know, one of the trickiest parts of becoming an actor is finding a flexible job. Regular acting work is often hard to come by and so you need to find another job to earn you some income in the meantime. But how do you find a job that will allow you to have time off for auditions, sometimes at a moment notice? At this year’s Surviving Actors event we have 8 exhibitors who understand this conundrum and are there to help: Make Believe have schools throughout London providing high quality education in performing arts to thousands of young people aged 3-18. They want their students to be taught and mentored by the best people in performing arts and are always looking for actors to join their team as teachers, producers, writers, technicians or administrators.
RSVP are a call centre with a difference – they only employ Actors! They believe that there are no better people for a job rooted in communication than Actors. Actors can adapt their manner to fit whoever they are speaking to, which allows every call to be a positive, personal experience. RSVP understand that your performing career comes first, which means that you can attend castings at a moment’s notice!
Protocol Education is a leading supply teaching agency who find jobs for teachers and teaching assistants in schools throughout England. They offer training and development for teachers and teaching assistants and help them to find support jobs which are flexible and enjoyable.
Beauty Consultants Bureau work with some of the most prestigious beauty and fashion brands in the UK. They pride themselves on flexibility, offering employment that suits their consultants. This is a perfect temp job for actors!
Impact Teachers is more than an education recruitment agency; they are founded on the basis of providing global learning opportunities to schools, teachers and youth around the world. At Impact Teachers, “teacher” can mean any of the following: Primary, Secondary, or Special Needs teachers (SEN), Cover Supervisors, Learning Support, Teaching Assistants and Nursery Nurses. Whether you are a UK-trained or overseas-trained teacher and whether you are looking for a long-term or short-term position, Impact Teachers is enthusiastic about meeting your needs.
Activate is an independent group of specialist sales and marketing businesses. Each individual in the business provides their specialist skills and as a whole the company works to create total brand engagement for other ventures. This is perfect flexible work for actors who also have an interest in marketing.
Tradewind Recruitment and Sanza Teaching recruit Primary, Secondary and Special Needs Teachers plus Support Staff to work in schools and pre-schools throughout the UK. They match your needs to specific jobs so flexibility is not an issue. Ultimately you can have a rewarding job while still having time to attend those vital auditions!
Finally, Ann Summers is the UK’s original Party Plan business. As an Ann Summers Ambassador you will have the support of one of the UK’s strongest brands, so you’re in business for yourself, but not by yourself. As an ambassador you will receive free and exclusive training to become an expert bra fitter as well as a fabulous new business Starter Kit containing top selling products, catalogues and business tools. You will also receive a market-leading and pioneering career plan including integrated car plan, to make sure you get the most from your business sales; real rewards and attainable bonuses, all cleanly and simply designed to add cash to your commission and COMPLETELY FLEXIBLE working to suit your commitments. Whether you want to do just a few hours a week or turn it into a full-time career, they will support you!
So, there are plenty of jobs out there which can support you in your acting career while allowing you to utilise your other skills, such as teaching or sales. Backstage also offers an insight into some of the best jobs you can apply for as an actor:
This article from the Guardian is also a great resource if you are feeling down and reminds us that we are all in this together!
The site careerealism also offers some humour and enlightenment on jobs you could try your hand at whilst maintaining your acting career:
Stagemilk too offers some more creative job ideas that you could work on while waiting for that big break:
Actors and Performers have not only compiled a book with all of the ‘need to know’ industry contacts, they have also written a brilliant article on the different kinds of jobs you can do as an actor, breaking them down into 3 categories depending on what you are looking for:
From personal experience, Cory Huff has compiled a list of 10 day jobs he has seen work out the best for actors:
If you’re still unsure or need more advice then check out some of these sites:
We wish you all the best of luck in your job search!