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.

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.
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

Empowering Early Career Actors With Pip Edwards

24 Apr 2017
18:00:00 -  21:00:00
The registration period is from 04 Apr 2017 09:00:00 to 17 Apr 2017 22:00:00

Event description:

This intensive workshop is aimed at empowering early career actors to gain clarity in their acting careers, by identifying what is within their control and employing actionable strategies to maximise career growth.

This workshop will cover:
-Building and maintaining marketing materials (headshot, CV, reels, websites etc)
-Identifying essential skills actors may not have learnt in acting class (self-tapes, auditioning, accents, working at pace etc)
-Time, energy and MONEY management strategies
-Industry information and where to find it (and those often unanswered questions actors wish to ask)
-Connecting with the industry and building networks
-Managing the actor’s personal reputation in the industry (including social media, branding and career choices)
-Physical, mental and emotional health and wellness
-Identifying new avenues for career growth

Life as an actor is unpredictable. Building yourself as a ‘creative small business’ will help you take ownership of your career, gain confidence and develop yourself as a professional working actor. This workshop will help you identify opportunities and maximise them for successful outcomes.

Bio of host:
Pip Edwards is a professional actor, filmmaker, acting/career coach, casting assistant and entrepreneur. She teaches extensively throughout Australia, including at many of Sydney’s leading drama institutions. Pip runs a private coaching studio, where she coaches and mentors actors for auditions, screen-tests, business/career/mindset coaching, industry advancement (including getting agents), detailed screen-acting, as well as shooting (and booking) actors’ self-tapes. As a coach Pip is passionate, detailed, practical, and approachable. She is up-to-date with industry trends and demands, and understands the highs and lows of the craft. Pip helps actors break through barriers and achieve their best- as performers, creators and in business. As an actor, Pip’s credits include Dr Anna Griffin on "Home & Away”, Janet, in soon-to-be-released comedy feature “A Few Less Men". Past television credits include “Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries”, “ANZAC Girls”, “Wonderland” and “Forever Young”, as well as feature films “Little Black Dress” and “Who's That Boy”. Her stage credits include "Ghosts" with The Melbourne Theatre Company, and with theatre companies Sisters Grimm and Little Ones Theatre. Pip studied a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts at NIDA, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Filmmaking/Arts Management/Law) at Melbourne University, Training and Assessment (teaching) and Running a Creative Small Business at TAFE. She is committed to ongoing training in acting, auditing, business skills and holistic wellness in both Australia and the US.


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