How much industry experience does Arena have?
Founded in 1985 we are one of the first and longest-established co-operative agencies with nearly 30 years’ experience in the industry.
How many clients does Arena represent?
We deliberately keep our numbers relatively small so that we get to know our clients really well and, when possible, can see them performing. Usually 25 is the maximum for our client list.
Where are you located?
We no longer maintain an office as we now operate remotely.
How do I know if Arena is right for me?
If we feel you may be a valuable addition to our books we want to be sure that you also fit in with the co-operative ethos and are looking for a greater involvement in the agency than you would with a conventional agency.
Will I receive training?
If you decide to become a Working Member, then you will receive full training in our systems and on how to be an agent. You will also have the support and assistance from existing Working Members.
Will I receive feedback when I’m training?
Yes. We discuss your progress regularly and honestly. You can ask for feedback at any time.
Will I be expected to pay fees?
We charge a nominal monthly subscription of £15 for the running of the office. This means we can keep our commission rates very low and very competitive compared to a traditional agent.
How will I know what jobs I’m being put up for?
We operate a transparent policy which gives you more control and insight into your career. You will gain access to breakdowns and castings and have a say in what you are submitted for. You will also receive a journal at the end of the day which will let you know what has been happening in the office including every submission that has been made.
Can I still work on unpaid/profit-share projects?
We do allow clients to work in profit share (providing it has been approved by the members).
Will I receive feedback on castings and auditions?
In an appropriate context we will contact casting directors for feedback, obviously if we did this for every casting it would be too time-consuming and may cause an adverse reaction from the casting director.
How will my work be promoted?
We regularly contact Casting Directors, producers and theatre companies about our clients’ current work. We will do mail outs for a client when they are performing to alert potential employers to our clients’ work. We can also target casting directors local to an area when a client is on tour.
What sort of work have existing clients had?
The Old Vic; Locked-Up Abroad; Hollyoaks; Theatre Royal Bath; West Yorkshire Playhouse; Hull Truck.
How do you recruit new members?
We attend showcases often to enable us to expand the agency. This keeps us in touch with current graduates coming into the industry. We also have a New Applicant team that is actively looking for great talent and to fill the gaps in our books. We also take direct applications from actors.
How do I apply to Arena?
We need you to supply a professional looking CV, a headshot and most importantly a covering letter stating why you feel a co-operative agency would be right for you. You may send these either by email or post. You have to be a member of Spotlight, and please include a link to your Spotlight page. We must be able to see you in performance and encourage you to send us show invites or an up to date show reel.
Is there anyone Arena will not represent?
We do not represent walk-ons, models or children. We are only interested in securing featured and well paid work that will develop our clients’ careers.