The Equity Professional Program

The Equity Foundation hosts more than 100 events a year throughout Australia and New Zealand. The program is developed in close collaboration with performers.

Masterclasses
The Equity Foundation's masterclasses are designed to address our members’ need for ongoing professional development and provide rare opportunities to work with leading directors, coaches and casting agents.
Workshops
Our workshop series is an opportunity to work on specifics, such as acting for the camera, comedy, dancing, voiceovers and accents. Up to 10 members work over a two-hour period with an expert in their field.
In Conversation
As part of the foundation’s In Conversation series, performers are given the opportunity to attend an intimate question and answer session with leading international actors and directors. Sir Ian McKellen, Richard E Grant, Sam Neill, and Cate Blanchett are among those who have participated in the In Conversation events.
Casting Hothouse 
Each year the Equity Foundation hosts a Casting Hothouse, which gives performers a unique opportunity to work with international casting agents, such as CBS TV Studios’ vice president of casting Matt Skrobalak and US feature film casting director Margery Simkin.
Student Days
We know how difficult it can be getting a toehold in the entertainment industry, so each year the Equity Foundation holds an industry day designed to provide graduates with important information and tools to help them on their way to a successful performance career.

Events Program

How An Actor’s Photo Can Assist Their Career With Alex Vaughan

20 Apr 2017
18:00:00 -  20:00:00

Event description:

Alex Vaughan has a successful career as a photographer shooting actors in Australia, the US, UK and NZ. This is an opportunity to get information, advice and feedback on how to make the most of your professional photos: Topics include: -Why photos for Australian castings are different to what’s required in the US and UK - an individual breakdown on each industry and how they function - and what you should aim for -Why it’s important to have photographs that represent you globally with so many castings being done online now -How to prepare for your shoot. The importance of having a photo that looks like you -How to choose a photographer that is right for you -Price range for photos with different photographers -Natural light vs studio light -Portrait orientation vs landscape

Bio of host: Alex Vaughan

In nine years Alex Vaughan has established herself as one of the leading portrait & documentary photographers of actors in Australia. In 2014 Vaughan was selected as one of 40 finalists out of 2500 entrants in the Head On Photographic Portrait Prize for an image from her series ‘In Their Element’. In 2011 Vaughan was one of 40 finalists in Australia’s National Photographic Portrait Prize where her work was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. That same year she won the coveted People’s Choice Award at the Head On Photographic Portrait Prize. Vaughan received critical acclaim in 2010 as an emerging photographer after winning ‘The People’s Choice Award’ at the Sony ACMP Projections Emerging Photographers Competition for her series ‘Les and Eileen’. The series was also published in and won Capture Magazine’s (Australia’s top selling pro photography magazine) Exposed Challenge. Vaughan has spent the last five years travelling and working in New Zealand Europe, the U.S. and U.K. on various commissioned and personal projects. The first part of her current major body of personal work ‘In Their Element’ is due for exhibition in Australia in 2018.

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