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Like so many others, you have talent. Congratulations. But do you have a detailed understanding of how to wield that talent, and of how to run your business? Can you see yourself as others see you and learn to market yourself effectively and efficiently? Do you really understand networking and publicity how to weave it into your everyday business regime? Do you have a business regime?

We teach talented people how to bring their elusive dreams closer to reality with simple and achievable steps

Career Consulations

step 1

Web Presence

step 2

Networking Secrets

step 3

Widespread Publicity

step 4

1. Career Consultations

see how you are seen by industry pros

The¬†Artist’s Dilemma

Having worked on both sides of the casting table for over 20 years, we know the artist’s dilemma well: with so much talent in the world, how do you stand out and get noticed? How do you reach others to make them aware of your exceptional skills?

The Talent Scout Solution

If you’re reading this, then we have reached you. We can teach you how to reach others – how to sharpen your tools and business mindset. We will help you to evaluate your current status and possible career pathways. Actors can expect detailed feedback on their online profile, showreel, headshots and career methodology. Whatever industry you work in, it all comes down to knowing what you need to do – and how to do it.

Founded and developed over more than two decades by entrepreneur and multiple award-winning playwright/director/producer/actor/ and festival-winning filmmaker, Ryan J-W Smith, The Talent Scout has helped countless talented professionals to find their way in the entertainment industry.

Our internationally renowned Career Consultations offer essential career guidance based on decades of experience living and working in London, New York, Paris and Los Angeles.

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June 2016 – Ryan J-W Smith receiving the Hollywood Fringe International Award for the 2nd year in a row

Career Consulation

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“I was recently introduced to Ryan at the Talent Scout, I only wish I had been in touch with him sooner as I can’t wait to continue our next conversation and work together. Ryan offered me some fantastic career advice and presented me with some eye opening and exciting options about how to take my career to the next level. It’s clear Ryan has worked incredibly hard to have built up his reputation and place in the industry, his wealth of experience speaks volumes as he has helped so many other actors already. The proof is in the pudding and he is definitely someone I want in my corner.”

Rayanna Dibs


‚ÄúNo half promises here, no teasers, no hard-sell, no bullshit. A polite and affable approach to delivering detailed and clear tailored advice, left me feeling understood and resolved. Refreshingly honest and well founded suggestions have me excited and secure in the knowledge that with Ryan on my side, with his extensive experience in many branches of this industry, I‚Äôm on to a winning result.¬†‚ÄĚ

Georgina Blackledge


“The session was very good – I now feel strong and specific in what I need to do to make myself look better in the acting industry”

Dominic Cannon


‚ÄúDear Ryan, thank you, for what was a very enlightening Career Consultation… your sound advice and knowledge of today‚Äôs market place is outstanding.¬†Having spent the last 50 years growing and selling some of the world‚Äôs biggest brands, I now realise, by your suggestion, that I have neglected my own! Your astute observations, with reference to my ‚Äėonline presence‚Äô are spot-on.¬†Thank you again for your excellent guidance. The fee for your consultation is the best ¬£66 I‚Äôve¬†ever¬†spent.‚ÄĚ

Brian Watson

Ad Director / Guinness World Record Holder

“My consultation was so refreshing, particularly gaining insight to Ryan’s worldly views and experience, all of which where shared with me through the lens of a successful British actor. He is a Legend!!”

Lladel Bryant


‚ÄúRyan helped me to see the missing holes, and where I was not highlighting my¬†skill set¬†to my advantage. His advice was precise and to the point, I think it has helped to save a lot of time and probably a lot of money in the long run, in knowing exactly what I need to do to gain the representation and type of work I am seeking. The great thing is that it’s all completely achievable – it’s often at times only ourselves that are in the way. Ryan has a very funny and charming nature about him, making him easy to talk to and guide you through the process.‚ÄĚ

Natasha Wood


‚ÄúDear Ryan,¬†Thank you so very much. I feel empowered and inspired. Your advice makes perfect sense when you spell it out so succinctly and above all it‚Äôs perfectly do-able and achievable, ¬†you simply have to know what it is you should be doing!¬†Thank you, again.‚ÄĚ

Emma Taylor

Artistic Director, Canal Cafe Theatre / Actress

“Dear Ryan,¬†Thank you so much for making me realize the¬†things I need to consider in order to succeed as an actress. Your consultation¬†was an eye-opener! I will definitely take your advice and implement changes. And, of course, I am looking forward to working with you.”
Emilia Ufir


“Very helpful, great advice and knowledge of working and living in London, New York and Los Angeles. Everything you need to help further your career in this highly competitive international industry”

Austin Spangler


“Ryan,¬†I just want to take some time out to say thank you so much for your useful advice and will definitely implement it.”
Portia Meyer


‚ÄúThank you. A few great ideas to work on. And some¬†obvious things I should have known myself!‚ÄĚ

Nicola Redman


“Thank you so much for the consultation. It was extremely helpful and opened my eyes to a number of things I hadn’t considered!”
Francesca Brand


‚ÄúThanks again – I found it¬†invaluable and you certainly seem to know your stuff.‚ÄĚ

Jim Ewan, Actor


“Ryan’s consultation unravelled some important factors in acting particularly to show versatility. With¬†his help I have identified hidden acting talents that I have yet to show.”

Judy Acton


‚ÄúReally enjoyed the session, full of practical solid advice. Gave me a good awareness of what I need to be doing and of what the evolving industry is looking for to be employable. And it was good to hear from a guy who‚Äôs been, and still is, involved in some really interesting original projects.‚ÄĚ

James Holdsworth


‚ÄúHi Ryan, Thank you again for your candid advice, it‚Äôs exactly what I‚Äôve needed and now feel I can progress towards really furthering my career. Again massive thank you.‚ÄĚ

Johnathon Neal


‚ÄúThank you very much, your advice was invaluable. It was like a wake up call on how I should be presenting myself to the industry.¬† Some great ideas to work on! Thanks!‚ÄĚ

Kim Driver


“Ryan helped me to sort out my short term goals and to find a few different ways of achieving them, which has really made it easier to just start focussing and progressing. The headshot and showreel advice was also great and once I’ve moved onto the next stage of my career, if I am in need of any other advice, I will definitely book another consultation! Thanks again.”

Emma O'Hara


“Thanks so much! I am SO pleased I decided to have a consultation with Ryan. It was so refreshing to have an open and direct conversation with someone so knowledgeable about the business in three wildly different cities, who could give me an honest and unbiased opinion about what makes sense for me professionally. Ryan is candid and direct, and also incredibly encouraging. 

The unexpected and added benefit of the consultation was Ryan’s knowledge about producing for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I’m producing my first show there this year and Ryan was able to give me loads of great ideas about how to approach producing and promotion and marketing of the show. That combined with his enthusiasm for the concept of the show itself made me surer than ever that this is what I need to be focusing on at the moment, and that injection of confidence is absolutely¬†priceless.¬†

Ryan, you’re a star, and I’m so grateful our online paths crossed! Hopefully our real-life ones will cross soon as well.¬†Take care, and all the best to you!”
Amy Burke


We accept your currency

You can now choose to book either a live 45 minute consultation with our founder via Skype, or to have your career questions answered (a maximum of 4) via an email. Once we have received payment we will contact you within 48 hours to organise your consultation.

Career Consultation via SKYPE

Just £66 for a 45 minute consultation on Skype (foreign currencies automatically converted by Paypal)


Career Consultation via EMAIL

Just £33 for a consultation via Email (foreign currencies automatically converted by Paypal)


Superlative Quality. Affordable Price.

Some industry pros charge a small fortune for their advice. For a consultation with our founder – a man who has lived and worked in London, New York, Paris and L.A. on both sides of the casting table for over 20 years – we aim to keep our charges reasonable and relative. We understand that times are tough¬†and you’re probably a struggling artist. You’re also our customer, and it’s our mission to¬†make you happy.

Your right to cancel

Prior to a¬†consultation, we are very happy to provide¬†our customers a ‘cooling off’ period of 7 days within which they may cancel their consultation payment without penalty. After 7 days, unused consultations are not refundable ¬†– but they are, of course, still honored! You will get your consultation.¬†We¬†obviously cannot give refunds on consultations given.

“Thank you again, Ryan, for all your priceless practical advice, business tips and inspiration. It is especially great to hear it¬†from someone who knows the industry from the inside out.¬†All your advice is specific and¬†personal. I very much appreciate your time, intelligence , detailed answers – and opening my mind in all aspects.¬†Thank you Ryan!!!”

Margo Alison

Actress / Model

‚ÄúHad a great consultation¬†with Ryan! He gave me truly sound advice on my headshots, showreel and online presence, pointing out areas that could use change, showing me how to cultivate myself as a brand/business and giving me¬†something¬†to¬†work on straightaway. He also laid out the facts from the fiction of moving to LA, which is really important to me. The whole¬†interaction¬†was down-to-earth, honest and empowering. I am looking forward to his input and further guidance as I take full reign of my career.‚ÄĚ

Jenny Wambaa


‚ÄúThank you again for your kind words, you instilled a new sense of determination in me which was greatly needed.‚ÄĚ

Michelle Cox

Singer and Actress

“I found our session really valuable and inspiring. Many thanks for your help”
Peter van der Stoep


“It was so nice and inspiring meeting you! Hope we’re going to develop this in the future into a nice collaborative relationship!”
Ana-Maria Bandean


“Thanks for the great advice – I hope to speak to you again soon”
Andrea Bellometti


2. Web Presence

today, first impressions are almost always made online

We specialise in guiding talent to create and enhance online talent profiles that will attract industry pros, media and audiences alike.

And through our sister company, Elegant Websites, we can can not only guide you on your web design and content, we can create it for you.

3. Networking Secrets

Do we know how to network? Hmmm…

‚ÄúRyan‚Äôs work and skills in the entertainment industry are invaluable‚ÄĚ

Ed Asner

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Actor and former President of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG)

“We would like to arrange a meeting for the Head of International Artists Management to meet with your client”

International Artists Management

‚ÄúI have just had the loveliest meeting with your client, I think she is fantastic and have offered representation pending her other meetings.‚Ä̬†

Lauren Dickinson

Talent Manager, Lauren Fox Management (London)

‚ÄúGreat. Let‚Äôs set a meeting for next week.‚ÄĚ

Andrew Stawiarski

Talent Manager, A.D.S. Management (LA)

‚ÄúMany thanks for the referral¬†‚Äď your client looks interesting‚Ķ keep them coming‚Ķ. great service‚Ä̬†¬†

Mandy Perryment

Talent Agent, Mandy Perryment Artists (London)

“Thank you Ryan, your client does look interesting”¬†

Suzanne Johnston

Talent Agent, Johnston And Mathers Associates (London)

¬†“I would be interested in meeting your client”

Richard Kerner

Talent Manager, Kerner Management Associates (LA)

“Hello Lovely Ryan, so nice to hear from you. Thanks so much for thinking of us.”¬†

Kelle Bryan

Talent Agent, Advocate Agency (London)

‚ÄúI am very interested in having a appointment with your client. I do welcome your service so feel free to email me more of your clients when they become available.‚Ä̬†

Thomas Ybarra

Talent Manager, Top Priority Group (LA)

“Thanks for your email. We are interested in seeing an application from your client”

Sophie Flanagan

Talent Agent, W Athletic (London)

“Hi Ryan. We are interested in meeting with your client. Thanks”

Nicole Seymour

Talent Agent, LG Management (LA)

“I would be interested to take an initial meeting with your client”

Gregg Millard

Talent Manager, Gregg Millard Management (London)

“Thank you Ryan, I will take a look at your client’s¬†materials”

Alex Butler

CEO / Talent Agent, Henderson Hogan Agency (NYC)

‚ÄúThanks for the email regarding your client – can she meet us?‚Ä̬†

Georgie North

Talent Manager, GDA Management (London)

‚ÄúThank you for the referral. Please let your client know that the management team would be happy to meet her when she is in LA‚Ä̬†

Julian Buchan

Asst. to Steven J. Wolfe, Sneak Preview Entertainment (LA)

‚ÄúHe has already¬†achieved¬†so much,¬†but¬†it is¬†obvious to anyone that meets him that Ryan is destined¬†for greatness.‚Ä̬†

Pj Dulay

Vice President Global Business Digital Initiative, Universal Music

‚ÄúThank you, I would be interested in meeting with your client‚Ä̬†

Linda Kremer

Talent Agent, Billy Marsh Associates (London)

‚ÄúI would be happy to set up a meeting with your client‚Ķ Ryan, thank you very much.‚Ä̬†

Michael Forman

Talent Manager, Michael Forman Management (LA)

‚ÄúHi Ryan, I would be interested in more info about your client‚Ä̬†

Alex McLean-Williams

Talent Agent, McLean-Williams Management (London)

‚ÄúIs your client looking for a manager?‚ÄĚ

Josselyne Herman-Saccio

Talent Manager, Josselyne Herman & Associates (NYC)

“Your client is welcome to contact me by email”

Steven Buchsbaum

Talent Manager, Ad Astra Management (LA)

“Yes please!”¬†

Veronica Jacob

Talent Agent, Fletcher Jacob (London)

“Ryan, Thanks. I¬†appreciate your recommendations. Please keep them coming!¬†All the best to you!”

Oliver Carnay

Talent Manager, International Artists PR & Talent Management (LA)

‚ÄúRyan ‚Äď Thank you for the referral.‚ÄĚ

Ninna Sexsmith

Talent Agent, Daniel Hoff Agency (LA)

“Thank you for your suggestion. You represent a good service to the industry!”

Michael Wallach

Talent Manager, Michael Wallach Management (LA)

“Dear Ryan – Thank you. I would be happy to chat to your client in regards possible representation.”¬†

Marvin Giles

Talent Manager, Jackie Nicholson Associates (London)

“It was so great to meet you and your client”

Heidi Rotbart

Talent Manager, Heidi Rotbart Management (LA)

‚ÄúThank you – please do ask your¬†client¬†to give us a call‚Ä̬†

Georgia Heptonstall

Talent Manager, Rossmore Management (London)

‚ÄúI loved your client. Would definitely like to work with him.‚Ä̬†

Versa Manos

Talent Manager, Gorgeous Media Group (LA)

‚Äúwould like to meet your client to discuss representation‚Ä̬†

Nic Knight Management (London)

‚ÄúWe’d love to have your client come in and sign with us! Thank you‚Ä̬†

Lacy Serrao

Agent, Peak Models (LA)

4. Widespread Publicity

we have a few contacts to help with PR

Press Contacts

Agents, Managers & Casting Directors

Los Angeles


New York

Literary Agents

Los Angeles


New York

Film Distributors / Production Companies


North America


Producing Theatres






it all starts with a consultation…

Career Consulation

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The Talent Scout is privileged to have been selected for, and participated in, a Consultancy Project with University College London

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