Career Consultations

clear and honest guidance to bring your artistic dreams closer


Book a consultation with The Talent Scout’s award-winning Founder. His vast entertainment industry experience and contacts in London, L.A., New York and Paris, will help you make the most of your strengths, and eradicate your weaknesses.

“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


Talent Scout Career Consultation Service

Our Career Consultation Service offers unique insights into powerful business strategies and essential marketing tools that will maximise your current credits and make the industry take notice of you. We’ve never met an artist yet that didn’t require our artistic, business and marketing expertise to refine their online presence. We feel sure you will come away from your consultation with a clear set of steps to take so you can appear more attractive to the industry and feel empowered and focused.

Career Consultations

see how you are seen by industry pros

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

Ryan J-W Smith is a festival-winning filmmaker and multi award-winning poet-playwright/director/actor/producer. His films have been shown, selected for, nominated or won their categories at over 25 international film festivals, including Cannes. He has conducted over 60 documentary interviews with leading international figures including Noam Chomsky, Ed Asner and the last known unreleased interviews with both Gore Vidal and Tony Benn.

Excluding film festivals, Smith’s industry accolades include: two-time Hollywood Fringe International Award Winner; two-time Encore Producers’ Award Winner; Hollywood Fringe Comedy Award Nomination; Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award Nomination; Gandhi Foundation Award Recipient; two-time Arts Council England Award Recipient, and countless 4 and 5-star reviews.

Ryan founded his internationally acclaimed theatre company, Rogue Shakespeare®, which has performed the world premiere’s of all six of Smith’s award-winning verse plays, across three continents.

Smith won the Hollywood Fringe International Award two years running in 2015 & 2016

Ryan is also the recording artist, IMBIBE. His first two albums were originally released with Universal Music.

Career guidance is essential for all artists and entrepreneurs, and will save you vast amounts of time and money in the long run by pursuing the right path sooner. Below are just a few testimonials from happy clients.

“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

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


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

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


“Thank you. A few great ideas to work on. And some obvious things I should have known myself!”

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


“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


Heading to Edinburgh?

Another benefit to your consultation with our founder, Ryan J-W Smith, is that he’s an awarding-winning producer that has had huge success at the world’s largest theatre festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Ryan took his third verse play, Love Labours Won there in 2006 and 2007 where it was lauded with countless 4 and 5-star reviews and was ‘Pick of the Fringe’ both years running. The large size of Smith’s audiences (see video on the right) was unprecedented for theatre with no stars in it and Smith was named ‘Promoter of the Year’ by both the Observer and the Herald Scotland national newspapers. So, it’s fair to say he knows a thing or two about promoting a show, but don’t take our word for it – check out Amy Burke’s testimonial.

“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 (Bebe+Luna Present…The Cabaret Farce!), 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

We accept payments via paypal, so you can pay with your local currency. Once we have received payment we will contact you within 24 hours to schedule your consultation on Skype.



Career Consultation (20 Minutes)

We accept all currencies via Paypal which will be converted to £GBP

Just £25 (inc. VAT where applicable) for a 20 minute Skype consultation.

Career Consultation (1 hour)

We accept all currencies via Paypal which will be converted to £GBP

Just £66 (inc. VAT where applicable) for a 1 hour Skype consultation.

Which consultation is right for you?

The 20 Minute Consultation

During a 20 minute consultation, Ryan will quickly examine and offer advice to improve your main online promotional tools: your showreel, head shots, casting profiles and website. If time allows a quick chat on your career plans will follow. This shorter consultation is perfect for those who are very new to the business, or those who would like to test the water, before committing to a full-length hour-long consultation. It also makes for an affordable gift for your talented relative or friend.

The 1 Hour Consultation

The 1 hour consultation is for those looking for fine detail in respect of improving their main online promotional tools: showreels, head shots, casting profiles and websites. Ryan will then discuss in detail your career plans giving clear, step-by-step advice as to how to move forward as efficiently and effectively as possible. This level of detail is especially good for actors wishing to move up a level, or seeking realistic advice in moving from one major city to another. e.g. from London to LA, etc.

Superlative Quality. Affordable Price.

Some industry pros charge a small fortune for their advice. Right now we charge a mere £25 for a 20 minute consultation with our founder – a man who has lived and worked in London, Paris, New York and L.A. on both sides of the casting table for over 20 years. We understand that times are tough and you’re probably a struggling artist – by keeping the price down we hope we’re helping you to move forward in your career as affordably as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.

“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

“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

Singer and Actress

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


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


“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


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.


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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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