Have you noticed the phrase”emerging talent”? It is always accompanied by portraits of very young actors, fresh out of drama school, looking to make a living in the business, quite often starry eyed with visions of fame dancing before them. Why not? Good luck to them we say.
But there is a whole generation of actors that because of the rise of “reality TV” 15 years ago, that have been overlooked. They have never had the chance to “emerge” and many have had dreams dashed and abandoned the career they were so excited about as young people. This is a natural process for actors, as one of the qualities a good actor must have is persistence and some will fall by the wayside on the journey. There has been a wasteland though and more than usual have dropped off.
Those that hung on in there have forged their talent into something really quite special by refusing to give in to the call of a regular salary, shunning the call centre or sales job: working on fringe shows, role play acting, corporate films, private entertainment etc. doing anything they can, keeping their skills sharp by still performing and doing what they love, even though the chance of being “discovered” in this type of job is minimal.
At Adhoc we have been an island of hope for this generation, our slogan in private has always been “keeping good actors acting” and we have seen some outstanding performers do some shining work with us over the years, from musical revues of ‘Chicago’ to serious high level training with different Uk police services.
The only problem with this is that good actors will always eventually get noticed and then we lose them to TV drama or film! Because the one thing we need is anonymity in many of the arenas we work in, actors we’ve worked with like Liam Fox have moved on and all the very best to them we say. We’re happy to continue to provide some of the best as yet undiscovered talent in the jobs we do, always hand picked for every job and help them keep their skills sharp and working at the job they love the best: acting!
The moral of this is, book an Adhoc Actor before they go stellar!