A practical guide for actors who want to find work in the corporate sector, by a veteran with over 1400 corporate events to his credit.
Thousands of actors in the UK make their living not from treading the boards but in the conference centres and training rooms of the nation’s corporate sector.
In this, the first book to be published about the increasingly accessible and lucrative business of corporate acting, Paul Clayton shows how this sort of work – training, coaching, role-plays, Forum Theatre and live events – can keep you in paid employment, and your skills sharp, whilst you look for other acting opportunities.
He takes you through every aspect of the industry, with a series of practical examples and invaluable tips at every stage, including:
- What sort of work is available – and how you can get it
- The various role-play techniques you’ll encounter
- The dos and don’ts for offering constructive feedback to your clients
- What Forum Theatre is – and how to do it
- How to handle live events – and escape with your dignity intact
Written with humour and great insight, So You Want To Be A Corporate Actor? encourages you to look at your skills from a business point of view, enabling you to take control over your own career. It is a must-read for any actor wishing to broaden their skills and make themselves more employable at all stages of their career.
‘For actors wishing to utilise their theatrical skills within the corporate world, this book should be their bible. It is crystal clear, informative and irreverent – and lays out in simple terms how actors need to think and present themselves to be employable.’ Janet Rawson, Co-founder of Steps Drama Learning Development
Blog Entry: Paul Clayton introduces the world of corporate acting. 'So what is a corporate acting job and why would you want to do one as an actor? Surely what your drama school trained you for was to play Gorky at the National, or to don hessian and leather for 26 episodes of a historical swashbuckler on Sky...' Read on >>
'A real insight into the skills and preparation you need in order to succeed in the corporate world'
'Yet another helpful volume in this handy series... Clayton covers every kind of corporate gig imaginable... where it really scores is in relating the necessary skills for this job to those more familiar to actors, thus helping to make the transition that much easier'
Paul Clayton is an actor and director. Alongside considerable film, TV and theatre credits (including Peep Show, Coronation Street, Doctor Who, My Family and Law and Order), he is a veteran of the corporate sector as presenter, actor, and lately casting director, with over 1400 corporate events to his credit. He works with clients in the corporate sector on a global basis, and he is currently Chair of the Board at The Actors Centre in Covent Garden.