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EXPERTISE, TOOLS AND GUIDANCE
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
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
“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
“No 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’m on to a winning result. ”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
“Dear Ryan, thank you, for what was a very enlightening Career Consultation… your sound advice and knowledge of today’s market place is outstanding. Having spent the last 50 years growing and selling some of the world’s biggest brands, I now realise, by your suggestion, that I have neglected my own! Your astute observations, with reference to my ‘online presence’ are spot-on. Thank you again for your excellent guidance. The fee for your consultation is the best £66 I’ve ever spent.”Brian Watson
“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
“Ryan 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.”Natasha Wood
“Dear 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’s perfectly do-able and achievable, you simply have to know what it is you should be doing! Thank you, again.”Emma Taylor
“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
“Thank you. A few great ideas to work on. And some obvious things I should have known myself!”Nicola Redman
“Thanks again – I found it invaluable and you certainly seem to know your stuff.”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
“Really 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’s been, and still is, involved in some really interesting original projects.”James Holdsworth
“Hi Ryan, Thank you again for your candid advice, it’s exactly what I’ve needed and now feel I can progress towards really furthering my career. Again massive thank you.”Johnathon Neal
“Thank 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!”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.
We accept your currency
Once we have received payment we will contact you within 24 hours to schedule your consultation on Skype.
Just £66 for a 45 minute consultation on Skype (foreign currencies automatically converted by Paypal)
Superlative Quality. Affordable Price.
Some industry pros charge a small fortune for their advice. How much do we charge 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? For now we charge a mere £66 for a 45 minute consultation. 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
“Had 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.”Jenny Wambaa
“Thank you again for your kind words, you instilled a new sense of determination in me which was greatly needed.”Michelle Cox
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…
“Ryan’s work and skills in the entertainment industry are invaluable”Ed Asner
“I have just had the loveliest meeting with your client, I think she is fantastic and have offered representation pending her other meetings.”Lauren Dickinson
“Great. Let’s set a meeting for next week.”Andrew Stawiarski
“Many thanks for the referral – your client looks interesting… keep them coming…. great service”Mandy Perryment
“Thank you Ryan, your client does look interesting”Suzanne Johnston
“I would be interested in meeting your client”Richard Kerner
“Hello Lovely Ryan, so nice to hear from you. Thanks so much for thinking of us.”Kelle Bryan
“I 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.”Thomas Ybarra
“Thanks for your email. We are interested in seeing an application from your client”Sophie Flanagan
“Hi Ryan. We are interested in meeting with your client. Thanks”Nicole Seymour
“I would be interested to take an initial meeting with your client”Gregg Millard
“Thank you Ryan, I will take a look at your client’s materials”Alex Butler
“Thanks for the email regarding your client – can she meet us?”Georgie North
“Thank you for the referral. Please let your client know that the management team would be happy to meet her when she is in LA”Julian Buchan
“He has already achieved so much, but it is obvious to anyone that meets him that Ryan is destined for greatness.”Pj Dulay
“Thank you, I would be interested in meeting with your client”Linda Kremer
“I would be happy to set up a meeting with your client… Ryan, thank you very much.”Michael Forman
“Hi Ryan, I would be interested in more info about your client”Alex McLean-Williams
“Is your client looking for a manager?”Josselyne Herman-Saccio
“Your client is welcome to contact me by email”Steven Buchsbaum
“Yes please!”Veronica Jacob
“Ryan, Thanks. I appreciate your recommendations. Please keep them coming! All the best to you!”Oliver Carnay
“Ryan – Thank you for the referral.”Ninna Sexsmith
“Thank you for your suggestion. You represent a good service to the industry!”Michael Wallach
“Dear Ryan – Thank you. I would be happy to chat to your client in regards possible representation.”Marvin Giles
“It was so great to meet you and your client”Heidi Rotbart
“Thank you – please do ask your client to give us a call”Georgia Heptonstall
“I loved your client. Would definitely like to work with him.”Versa Manos
“would like to meet your client to discuss representation”
“We’d love to have your client come in and sign with us! Thank you”Lacy Serrao
4. Widespread Publicity
we have a few contacts to help with PR