Without talent

Let’s have a quick review of the ’10 Things that Require Zero Talent’…

1. Being on time is important, whether you are a student or a professional. 

If you aren’t ‘there’ you don’t get to show how talented you might be. And, showing up late will take the shine off anything you might do after. What does it take to be on time? A clock/watch and the ability to plan your journey. It certainly isn’t rocket science, so there’s no excuse.

How to plan for a career unique to you

And there’s certainly no shortage of information to help you make these choices - whether for you it is an apprenticeship, progressing to college or university, or straight into a job-perhaps with training. Before you make your decision, remember that your learning and career journey is unique to you, so you need to make the choice that suits you best, 

As a start, here is a list of things to consider:

Your brand as a performer: what are you selling?

And that’s the crux of the matter: it’s always about selling a product and in the entertainment business, this product is YOU. If people have to pause and squint their eyes to understand what your product is, you’re much less likely to be offered an audition, let alone a job. 

Having a distinct casting type will help you get through the door, but for many of us, that type isn’t always obvious. Here are some ideas to help you define your product more clearly.

What does the Augar review mean for BTEC Higher Nationals?

It talks about the use of kitemarks to demonstrate which qualifications in this space meet employer-led standards - in the long term only ‘kitemarked’ qualifications will be able to charge up to the proposed £7,500 fee cap. These changes could be positive for the HNs, which are already designed and built on strong employer and professional body engagement.

Why presenting is like bungee jumping and how to take the leap

If speaking to an audience is like eating your veggies when you were 6 (you don’t like it but you’ll do it if you’re made to) you can probably simply rationalise it. ‘It’s only talking which I know I can do. With a bit of preparation I’ll know what I’m saying. It’ll be over in a few minutes and it won’t kill me’. But for many, it’s more like jumping off a bridge with just a piece of elastic between you and the ground. All the attention on you can cause real fear and anxiety, so you might need some more support to get over it.

Mental toughness in sport and what we can learn from it

It’s all about mental toughness

Mental toughness is considered one of the key attributes required in athletes as physical ability and talent alone are not enough to be successful in this field. This is a relatively new area of research to sport and, although the concept of mental toughness was first explored in 1957 (Raymond Cattel), it is only since 2000 that significant research has been undertaken.

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Streaming into the future - Part 3: Film & Television

What are you watching?

Within a relatively short period of time, services like Netflix have become giants within the film and television sector. Their role in providing access to 'back catalogue' as well as producing original content has made them a new kind of media company.

As with music, the shift to a streaming model of distribution and consumption is relatively recent. Netflix, currently the largest streaming video content supplier, began their shift from DVD rentals to streaming video in 2007.

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