Actorpreneur: how to financially survive a career in the arts
Actors attend drama schools, endless amounts of classes and workshops with the goal of increasing their skills and becoming a well-rounded performer. However, they are not shown how to actually survive a career in the arts. They are told to persevere and keep going, regardless of if they are struggling or working for very little, or to ‘build up their CV or show reel’. Many actors eventually get to the point of no return and take a full-time job, nothing to do with the industry, just to pay their rent, and in turn end their dream of performing. If they were taught the skills to market themselves as a business, or how to set up a business in the arts, this would support their acting ambitions and career whilst making them financially secure.
Ricky will explore his ‘IDEAS’ process; ‘invent, develop, explore, appear and sell’. These cover the basic business skills you need on your road to entrepreneurship.
Ricky Fox attended The BRIT school of performing Arts, and then graduated with BA in Acting from East 15 Acting School in 2009. He has toured with theatre shows, did a West End run with the ‘The Hobbit’, been featured in several adverts and landed a role in the feature film ‘4 AM’, which was aired on London Live a few months ago.
Ricky now runs two successful businesses, one is ‘Captain Fantastic’, voted the UK’s number one children’s entertainment company in the UK, providing over 50 children’s parties per week, holiday camps, mindful afterschool clubs, and huge corporate events for companies like JP Morgan, Pokémon and the BBC. His newest venture is a Dance school in North London called ‘UKDC’, already with over 150 students and their own brand of clothing.