Come along for a 10-minute chat with one of our industry professionals! A chance to get honest, and helpful feedback on your next steps. Come prepared with questions and supporting materials if needed! All Career Mentors have volunteered their time, and there is no charge to actors.

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Guy Allon
Producer
11am - 1pm
Guy Allon
Producer
11am - 1pm

Coming from a line producing background Guy Allon is well versed in all aspects of production and has extensive experience working with Asia and the Far East.

In 2006 Guy associate produced the feature film ‘In Your Dreams’ starring Dexter Fletcher, Linda Hamilton and Susan George which was picked up by US sales agent Shoreline and sold around the world.

In 2007 Guy joined Dean Fisher on the production of ‘City Rats’ as a Line Producer which went on to achieve great financial success selling more than 400,000 DVD’s in the UK upon its release.

In 2010 Guy joined forces with Obelis Productions to co produce the first ever UK-Israeli co production for the feature film ‘Lipstikka’ which went on to competition at the 2011 Berlin Film festival and had a European release in several countries.

The ‘Halo-Nightfall’ mini series was shot for the Microsoft Channel and executive produced by Ridley Scott which Guy unit production managed several of those episodes.

In the years that followed Guy got involved in several Far Eastern films including ‘Dear Enemy’; ‘Triumph in the Skies’; ‘Passage of My Youth’ and Jackie Chan’s film ‘Vanguard’ which all had a massive following in China and Hong Kong.

In 2016 and 2018 Guy produced the Chinese feature films ‘Goodbye Mr. Vampire’ and ‘Grandest Wedding of Royals’ respectively which had a Chinese release and clocked up more than 10 million views online.

He then went on to line produce the 4th instalment in the successful martial arts franchise of the IP Man Saga which was released theatrically in the winter of 2019.

More recently he has line produced the second season of the BBC comedy show ‘The Other one’ and also worked on the Amazon Christmas feature film ‘Your Christmas Or Mine’ which came out on Christmas 2022.

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Showbiz Accountant
11am - 2pm
Showbiz Accountant
11am - 2pm

Whether you’re in front of or behind the camera, working in entertainment is rewarding but precarious. You never quite know when your next job will come in, have to be ready at a moment’s notice, and may even have a few side hustles. That’s why you need your finances on point.

The Showbiz Accountant is here to help. Whatever your involvement in the entertainment industry, we can help you achieve financial stability. We look after the complicated stuff so you can concentrate on what you do best.

The Showbiz Accountant.
Making your money perform.

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Carla Guttmann
A List Festival Coach
12pm - 2pm
Carla Guttmann
A List Festival Coach
12pm - 2pm

Carla: Carla B. Guttmann is an Canadian director and writer whose films have premiered at Toronto film festival (TIFF), Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Sacremento, Boulder film festival amongst several others. She is a member of the German Directors Guild (BVR) and now resides between Berlin and Stockholm. Her focus as a director is on developing layered and pioneering roles for women.

She has directed and written eight films including the award winning dance film “The Double Woman” which is now streamed on Herflix and the documentary “Making Heart of Fire” which was broadcast on the Bayerischen Rundfunk on German television. Her films have given her a chance to attend A-list festivals around the world, pitch her scripts to top producers at markets and find vital partners for her upcoming feature film “The Bra.”

In 2017, Ms. Guttmann began her coaching company A-LIST FESTIVAL COACH precisely to share her knowledge with actors about navigating A-list festivals and markets. Her clients have felt much greater empowerment while attending Berlinale, Cannes, TIFF, Locarno, and Gothenburg film festivals, met new international directors who invited them to auditions, found development producers to back their projects, and enabled them to sign with first, second, and third agencies outside their home country.

Her most recent success story includes an actor who was initially rejected at Cannes on an actor’s accreditation, who then attended Cannes through the Marché du Film, signed with a UK agency within 48 hours, had six scripts sent to him by an American screenwriter, and obtained a one on one meeting with the Netflix producer of the Oscar winning “All is quiet on the western front” after attending her Cannes Bootcamp.

To contact Ms. Guttmann, please follow her on Instagram @A_list_festival_coach or write her directly at: carla@a-listfestivalcoach.com.

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Mel Brown
Success Manager at Spotlight
12pm - 3pm
Mel Brown
Success Manager at Spotlight
12pm - 3pm

Mel studied Drama at Loughborough University, before heading into the industry and interning at a number of places including Hubbard casting, the National Student Drama Festival and a number of performer agencies. She then took up a full time job as a young performer agents assistant at YAT Management, where she remained for five years and worked her way up to being a Junior Agent.

In 2016 she moved to Spotlight and started on the membership support team as Membership Coordinator and then moved to Senior Performer Executive. Mel then became part of a new team where she undertakes the role of Customer Success Manager for Performers at Spotlight.

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Deborah Shaw
Agent at Nylander Shaw
1pm - 2pm
Deborah Shaw
Agent at Nylander Shaw
1pm - 2pm

Deborah originally trained in sales before she became a publicist in the late 1980s for Lynne Franks PR. From 1993 to 2003, Deborah developed her career in Los Angeles where she worked as a Talent Manager for seven years. Initially working for a small company, she then joined the prestigious John Crosby Management team and worked closely with clients such as Rene Russo, John Hurt, Charlize Theron, James Denton (Desperate Housewives), Orla Brady (BBC’s Mistresses).

It was in this role that Deborah met and signed Shia LaBeouf in her first month. In 2015 she set up Kismet Gold agency in London and built up her client base of British and international talent, before setting up Nylander*Shaw in August 2020.

Deborah prides herself in being straight talking, on building long-term personal relationships with her clients and ensuring they have a collaborative long-term vision and plan for success in accordance with their individual strengths and goals. She aims to bring a problem-solving, proactive, and practical hands on approach to talent management.

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Edwin Lowe
Agent at 1 Artists Agency
2pm - 4pm
Edwin Lowe
Agent at 1 Artists Agency
2pm - 4pm

Edwin is from the North East, having come to London to study fine art. After producing immersive theatre he began work as an agent in 2017, opening 1 Artists’ Agency in 2019.

He prides himself on having a straight forward, straight talking honest attitude, believing this direct approach is the best way to see how the industry really works at each level. He endeavors to help actors understand and navigate their careers in a professional manner, while establishing a supportive creative network around them.

He is currently rewatching HBO’s The Wire.

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Carla Guttmann
A List Festival Coach
3pm - 4pm
Carla Guttmann
A List Festival Coach
3pm - 4pm

Carla: Carla B. Guttmann is an Canadian director and writer whose films have premiered at Toronto film festival (TIFF), Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Sacremento, Boulder film festival amongst several others. She is a member of the German Directors Guild (BVR) and now resides between Berlin and Stockholm. Her focus as a director is on developing layered and pioneering roles for women.

She has directed and written eight films including the award winning dance film “The Double Woman” which is now streamed on Herflix and the documentary “Making Heart of Fire” which was broadcast on the Bayerischen Rundfunk on German television. Her films have given her a chance to attend A-list festivals around the world, pitch her scripts to top producers at markets and find vital partners for her upcoming feature film “The Bra.”

In 2017, Ms. Guttmann began her coaching company A-LIST FESTIVAL COACH precisely to share her knowledge with actors about navigating A-list festivals and markets. Her clients have felt much greater empowerment while attending Berlinale, Cannes, TIFF, Locarno, and Gothenburg film festivals, met new international directors who invited them to auditions, found development producers to back their projects, and enabled them to sign with first, second, and third agencies outside their home country.

Her most recent success story includes an actor who was initially rejected at Cannes on an actor’s accreditation, who then attended Cannes through the Marché du Film, signed with a UK agency within 48 hours, had six scripts sent to him by an American screenwriter, and obtained a one on one meeting with the Netflix producer of the Oscar winning “All is quiet on the western front” after attending her Cannes Bootcamp.

To contact Ms. Guttmann, please follow her on Instagram @A_list_festival_coach or write her directly at: carla@a-listfestivalcoach.com.

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Lucy Aley-Parker
Agent at CCM Actors
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Lucy Aley-Parker
Agent at CCM Actors
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Time to Shine Agency has developed into one of the UK’s leading entertainment agencies for adults and children of all ages. We submit for all Stage, TV, Film & Modelling jobs in the UK and Internationally.

As two working mums, we set up our agency in 2015. Since then, we have worked hard (often into the small hours) to build a thriving agency and establish ourselves as a leading organisation within the creative/entertainment industry. We have a strong level of understanding from a parent’s perspective, which was gained from us having our own children working in the industry. Therefore, we can appreciate the level of commitment that it takes to gain success within!

We have worked with many leading brands, production companies, organisations & individuals etc. These include: Musical Theatre Productions such as Thriller, The Snow Man, Matilda & Bedknobs & Broomsticks etc. Organisations such as Heathrow, NSPCC, Channel 4, West End Play Productions, Kellogg’s, Nike, Pinewood Studios, Sky, Various Music Artists, Disney, BBC, Netflix & ITV etc to name only a few!

In 2020, we opened our brand-new Stage & Screen Academy! We run sessions twice a month on a Sunday with themed workshops, training days and casting director sessions. We offer dedicated Agency Time, the opportunity to practice scripts, film scenes and learn brand new skills. We have also achieved a low-cost partnership with a well-known London photographic studio. This means our chosen, selected talent can benefit from gaining the most up to date knowledge, experience and headshots in order to feel confident about the ever-evolving casting/booking process!

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Sarah & Karen
Agent at Time To Shine Agency
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sarah & Karen
Agent at Time To Shine Agency
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Time to Shine Agency has developed into one of the UK’s leading entertainment agencies for adults and children of all ages. We submit for all Stage, TV, Film & Modelling jobs in the UK and Internationally.

As two working mums, we set up our agency in 2015. Since then, we have worked hard (often into the small hours) to build a thriving agency and establish ourselves as a leading organisation within the creative/entertainment industry. We have a strong level of understanding from a parent’s perspective, which was gained from us having our own children working in the industry. Therefore, we can appreciate the level of commitment that it takes to gain success within!

We have worked with many leading brands, production companies, organisations & individuals etc. These include: Musical Theatre Productions such as Thriller, The Snow Man, Matilda & Bedknobs & Broomsticks etc. Organisations such as Heathrow, NSPCC, Channel 4, West End Play Productions, Kellogg’s, Nike, Pinewood Studios, Sky, Various Music Artists, Disney, BBC, Netflix & ITV etc to name only a few!

In 2020, we opened our brand-new Stage & Screen Academy! We run sessions twice a month on a Sunday with themed workshops, training days and casting director sessions. We offer dedicated Agency Time, the opportunity to practice scripts, film scenes and learn brand new skills. We have also achieved a low-cost partnership with a well-known London photographic studio. This means our chosen, selected talent can benefit from gaining the most up to date knowledge, experience and headshots in order to feel confident about the ever-evolving casting/booking process!

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Eki Maria
Agent at Artistes Collective Talent Management
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Eki Maria
Agent at Artistes Collective Talent Management
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Eki, is founder and director of Artistes Collective Talent Management, an agency and community for actors. Artistes Collective is proud to have recently had clients appear in Netflix, Apple TV, Amazon and HBO dramas, perform at The National Theatre, book international commercials, and to this year have appeared in the hit ITV drama, DC Ray.

Over more than ten years in the business Eki has been committed to helping actors develop their TV, Film and Theatre careers, and provided one to one and group business coaching programmes for actors.