Here at The Grad Fest, we have collated a list brands and companies who we trust will guarantee you a kick start into the industry. From voice reels to headshots, we have got you covered! So what are you waiting for?! Have a scroll- you can thank us later...
Adam Hills Photography
Adam Hills is among the UK's leading headshot photographers. Based at a studio in Greenwich, his sessions are designed to be dynamic, vibrant, and creates different styles of headshot for different purposes, each showing casting directors your amazing versatility. All sessions are centred around you and what you want out of your career. Find out more about Adam and his work on his website.
Founded by Louis Rayneau, Rayneau Recordings offer high-quality, yet affordable, recordings and vocal reels for performers. As a performer himself, Louis knows the best way to showcase you in the very best light. He is also the founder of the amazing Spotlight On the Future, providing emerging artists with a platform to perform alongside West End favourites! Discover more about Louis and his work on his Facebook page.
The Accompanist UK
The Accompanist UK offer bespoke backing tracks for performers, turned around quickly and efficiently to your exact specifications. With Adam and the team, levelling up a self-tape, or creating some amazing work at home, has never been so easy. Services include bespoke backing tracks, rehearsal/audition accompaniment, vocal reels, and a library of premade tracks, too! The Accompanist UK also runs amazing online projects and initiatives, so keep your eyes peeled! Visit The Accompanist UK website here.
Soft Sound London
Soft Sound London offers studio-quality Vocal and Voice-Over Reels to showcase you at your very best. As the company is run by Laine alumni, performers Pamela Blair and Harrison Wilde, the company runs a bespoke service, which promises to meet your requirements as an individual performer. Video reels and audio tracks can be provided to ensure you 'stand above the rest'. For more information, visit their website here.
Writer and director Amy Nic offers £5 bespoke monologues perfect for your showreel. As an actor herself, Amy knows the struggle of finding suitable content for a reel; is it varied enough? Is it too long/short? Does it show me off? IS THIS COMEDY PIECE EVEN FUNNY?! Skip the stress and get guaranteed laughs with Amy Nic. Featuring an initial consultation to discuss your needs, a back and forth draft process and a finished monologue, unique to you, all for just £5! Bargain.
Prep Your Rep Ldn
Prep Your Rep Ldn offers a 360' nourishment programme for performers, with care, support, and community at its core. Started out of Ceili O'Connor's dressing room, the community has grown to be vibrant, inclusive, and supportive, and values those just starting out alongside performers' with inspirational CVs. Services include repertoire help, 1:1s on goal setting and acting through song, and Motivational Mornings, as well as offering access to a wide community of industry professionals. All services can be booked individually or accessed through affordable membership schemes. You can find out more at the Prep Your Rep website.
West End star Jenna Boyd has a wide and varied career, most recently playing Beulah in the worldwide hit Come From Away and enjoying a stint on Coronation Street's cobbles as Wendy Caple. Jenna is also a popular coach, and has taught at some of London's major drama schools. She is available for online masterclasses and 1-2-1 coaching. Discover more about Jenna on her website.
The Lovie Diaries
Female-led company The Lovie Diaries creates journals specifically for performers. Founded by Central student Natasha K. Stone, the diaries now ship globally. The original Actor Life and Musician Life Journals supports drama school and music school students, professional actors, and musicians organise their work, keep track of auditions, and monitor their career goals. New releases include the Theatre Lovers' Life Journal, and an exciting new wellbeing journal coming soon. Check out more of their work on their website.
Never lose sleep over your taxes again with SansDrama. Founded by performer Jo, and her accountant partner James, this company offers lots of free support and resources to ensure being self-employed is a breeze. There’s lots of information in their blog, but they also do tax return parties, seminars and have an amazing WebApp, all specific for people in our industry. Click here for a helpful flyer with advice for Grads! Don't forget to visit their website for more information.