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Could Equity’s careers' service help you?

The union’s discounted service offers one-to-one sessions for members at all stages of their careers 

The service consists of three working members who have been trained to the national Matrix standard for delivering information, advice and guidance. The advisors generally work with people in one-to-one sessions but they can work with schools, companies and other organisations. Scroll down to find your nearest advisor.

Advisor Paul Cawley believes the fact that they are all performers gives them a unique insight into the process. “Working full-time as professional performers gives us a singular perspective that can be of great use not only to new entrants and recent graduates, but to people coming back into the industry after a break,” he said. “We know how quickly this industry is changing, because we are out there doing it, and this keeps our advice current and relevant.”

Individual session lasts around 1.5 hours and members leave with a practical action plan. The price is discounted (a session costs between £40 and £50) and there is free email advice available after the session.

“My aim is to deliver a skills health check,” explained Advisor Julie Fountain. “To analyse the client’s CV and marketing strategies and discuss any funding opportunities for learning and courses. Within this framework, the discussion leads to questions around job information, agents, casting directors, etc. The meeting concludes with creating an action plan specifically for that individual.”

Advisor Beverley Hills believes that the service is valuable because careers in this profession can be so difficult to plan. “Performers rarely get the chance to discuss any kind of trajectory,” she said. “One of my roles is to help them look at the industry as a whole. It is very rewarding to see the faces of actors once they stopped blaming themselves for not getting a role, an agent or a casting.”  

Whether you want a one-to-one session or are interested in booking a workshop or an advisor as a guest speaker please see the information and contact details below and in the meantime here are some comments from clients who have had one-to-one 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  (currently unavailable)

Julie Fountain

Julie has been working in theatre and television as a trained dancer and actor for many  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 actress in TV and Film, recent credits include guest lead Linda Ball in Doctors, June Baxter in Emmerdale, and the award winning short film Life on the Line, and feature film Whoops! Julie has worked at the leading theatres in the region including the West Yorkshire Playhouse and in a Royal Command Performance to raise funds to save the Grand Theatre Blackpool.

Over the past five years Julie has developed and facilitated ‘Acting on Camera’ workshops with leading casting directors and is producing 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.

Julie became one of Equity’s Careers Advisors in 2005 and continues to regularly deliver advice and guidance to individuals and often represents Equity at leading industry events such as Perform, Surviving Actors and Edinburgh Fringe, where performers can get some on-the-spot advice to include anything from starting out, training, getting in front of the right people, coming back in to the industry after a break or writing/revamping your CV.  

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.  On screen he recently appeared in Peaky Blinders, Catastrophe, Unforgotten, Partners in Crime, and played Alan in both series of The Wrong Mans.
In theatre his most recent work was in two award winning theatre productions, Wonderland at Hampstead Theatre and ETT and Sheffield Theatre's tour of Translations.  He also  collaborated with Artangel on their project Have Your Circumstances Changed?
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.
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 Mountview, 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


Beverly Hills

Beverley Hills is an actress with a freelance portfolio of industry specific job roles. She is a voice over artist, commissioned writer (BBC), Development Executive, Grant Assessor, a qualified counsellor and 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)

Beverley also delivers LAMDA examinations in the independent sector.

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 F.E and H.E system, so knows all too well about funding issues and the challenges of diversifying.

Beverley’s varying career means she has a wider than average skills base to call upon as your personal careers advisor. 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.

Her services include a free email after care service so you are assured of continuing support.

She is also available as a private psychotherapist.  

You can contact Beverley by email