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Careers Information Service

Our careers advisors are working members who have been trained to the national Matrix standard for delivering information, advice and guidance and they are fully accredited. You can now  contact them directly to book an individual advice session. 

The advisors can also be approached by schools, companies and other organisations who want to book professional workshops on industry careers related subjects or as guest speakers.

Your  individual session lasts around 1.5 hours and you will leave with a practical action plan.  The cost is heavily discounted  (a session costs between £40 and £50) and there is a free email advice available for after you have had a session. To select your advisor please see the information and contact details below and here are some comments from clients who have had sessions:

"I received valuable and worthwhile careers advice from an experienced advisor.  The session I had was excellent in helping to put my acting career back on track and they have given me an improved focus in my career" 

"It was a lifeline and professionally invaluable.  Armed with feedback and personal support I was newly charged and am working again"

"Within the hour I had so much more knowledge regarding my portfolio and the changes I needed to make to give myself an even better chance at obtaining work within the industry - and provided me with an action plan for the following months in order to achieve my goals.  I would recommend these sessions to any actor who needs support, whatever stage in their career"



Julie Fountain

Julie has been working in theatre and television as a trained dancer and actor for thirty years. She has broad experience of working in the creative industries and her career has spanned many roles including teaching in higher education; specialising in Theatre in Prisons; assisting casting directors for television and theatre; directing and producing newly written performance material and as a freelance drama tutor.

Based in the North West, Julie continues to work as a successful Stage and TV actress for the BBC, Granada and Yorkshire television. She has worked at the leading theatres in the region including the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Lawrence Batley as well as in a Royal Command Performance. Television work includes The Royal Today, June Baxtor in Emmerdale, Clocking Off, At Home with the Braithwaites and Fat Friends.

Over the past three years Julie has developed Acting on Camera workshops with leading casting directors and is developing two short films with groups of young people in the community. Julie also provides training through her theatre school EXIT 25; other areas of expertise include delivering advice on, 'How to set up and run your own Theatre School,' 'Fund Raising for Arts projects' and how to diversify your skills to survive in the ever increasing competitive acting industry.

In 2005 Julie became one of Equity’s Careers Advisors under a partnership scheme with Skillset (sector skills council for audiovisual industries) and funded by the Union Learning Fund. As part of this Julie answers questions on career development and training, delivers one-to-one sessions to Equity members and Student members and provides workshops.

You can contact Julie by email  



Paul Cawley2

Based in London, Paul's acting career is continuing to grow and develop into its third decade.  In 2014 he appeared in two award winning theatre productions, Wonderland at Hampstead Theatre, and ETT and Sheffield Theatre's tour of Translations, as well as reprising the role of Alan in the second series of The Wrong Mans for BBC2.  He has also been collaborating with Artangel on their next project, which will be announced in the summer of 2015.


Other theatre work includes appearances at Theatre 503, The Finborough, Southwark Playhouse, The Gate, The Arcola, BAC, as well as seasons at Chichester Festival Theatre, National tours, several appearances in the West End, and work at The National Theatre. 

On screen, as well as The Wrong Mans, he has recently filmed Partners In Crime for the BBC, which will be broadcast in 2015.  He began his screen career with eight series of Numbertime for the BBC, which he also worked on as a voice artist, and he has also appeared in Eastenders, Spooks, and My Family in the last few years  

Since becoming an Equity Careers’ Advisor Paul has led workshops on a variety of topics all over the country, and been a guest speaker at many Equity branches. He is also a regular tutor at The Actors Centre, and The Drama Studio, and has been a guest lecturer at The City Lit and Italia Conti.


Paul's breadth of experience, and knowledge of current working practices, are just two of the qualities that he is able to use in his work as a Careers' Advisor.

You can contact Paul by email


Beverley Hills

Beverley Hills is an actress with a current portfolio of ten freelance jobs. She is a voice over artist, commissioned writer (BBC), Development Executive, Grant Assessor, a trained counsellor, and does work for the National Council of Drama Training and the Independent Theatre Council.

She is a workshop leader who can tailor make industry workshops to your individual specification, from Presentation and Networking skills, CV and Marketing skills right through to giving private tuition in all aspects of performance form acting to public speaking and presenting. (Previous workshop clients include Channel 4, BECTU and Equity)

She is a TV presenter with a very high up-to-date media profile, a fully accredited and Skillset trained careers advisor as well as a single parent who has been through the further education system, so knows all too well about funding issues.

Beverley’s portfolio career means she has a wider than average skills base to call upon as your personal careers adviser. Whether you’re a new entrant, established professional or stuck in a rut and want to change direction, Beverley can help and has an excellent track record of success with media clients both sides of the camera.

You can contact Beverley by email