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Former casting director for The Bill prepares students for the acting world

Date 26.01.2017

Casting director, Lucy Jenkins, put the BA (Hons) Acting students through their paces by giving them the opportunity to practice their auditioning techniques during this year’s Subject Futures Week.

As co-founder of Jenkins McShane Casting, Lucy started out in the industry as an actor before becoming a casting director.  Her impressive CV includes casting for The Bill, Arthur and Merlin and Vampire Diary.

During the session, Lucy stressed the importance of standing out and getting themselves know in such an overcrowded industry, particularly now as they make the transition from students to professional actors.

She said: “You need to put yourself out there, make yourself known, make those important connections and show people what you can do. There’s no point in being the best kept secret in showbiz.”

The students then had the opportunity to get some feedback from Lucy about their professional head shots and had the chance to take part in a real life audition scenario where they were critiqued on their opening introductions and performances.

Lucy said: “When you come into an audition, you need present the best version of yourself and be ready to take direction. One thing to be aware of is that the audition panel is rooting for you to get the job so be yourself, show your passion for the profession and prove to them how you are best for the role.”

Subject Futures Week is an intensive focus on graduate career opportunities and helps prepare students for the world of work. It is taking place this week from 23 to 27 January in the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology.

This year, casting directors, actors, designers, fashionistas and media professionals will all be sharing career advice and giving the students the opportunity to network and find out more about the creative industry.