Developing & Supporting Actors:
We fully recognise and understand that the 'Actor's Life' is a tricky one that is full of challenges. Actors need to be open and vulnerable to be able to do their job , but when looking for the next job they need to thick skinned and resilient to be able to absorb the financial inconstancies, rejections and judgements that come their way on a regular basis, whilst maintaining their own mental health, well being and relationships.
This strand of our work is dedicated to supporting and developing actors, through support, coaching, networking, ongoing training, castings and performance opportunities.
We are based in the South West of England, so much of our practical work and networking for actors is based and focussed on building a thriving community of actors and performance ecology across the Peninsula. However our online support and actor life coaching offers are UK industry focussed with a global reach (dependent on what kind of support you are after)
A large part of our charitable mission is to help diversify the industry, and make actor training as accessible as possible, particular for those from lower income backgrounds. We are also aware that often the power balance involved in training and the industry is unequal, and tricky to navigate. Therefore we are always looking at ways to redress the balance, and our pricing policy is designed reflect this.
The Wheel is a ‘not for profit’ registered charity, we do not receive any regular funding, so rely on donations, project funding bids and fees of services (workshops, coaching, ticket sales etc:) to continue our work.
Workshops, Courses and Membership Schemes - These have set fees which are kept as low as possible, with any surplus folded back into the charity, to help pay for yearly running costs and future projects.
Practical One-to-One Actor Coaching or Bespoke Projects - We work to an industry rate but are open to negotiations for reductions for those that might not be able to afford the fee.
Actor Life Coaching - These have a three tier guided cost scale, which are designed around your income and negotiated as a balance between what you can afford and what the relationship needs. This is a fluid payment scale built on trust rather than any official means testing.
Initial Advice/‘Coffee House’ Sessions - These are often the starting point for any solo work with us, but also run as a stand alone ‘drop in’ style advice and support service. For these we are trialling a donation based service - by removing a monetary value, we hope to eliminate any unhealthy power balance. Without the pressure and expectation that monetising a service brings, we can talk freely, offering our thoughts, experiences, reflections and questions in an open manner. After the session if you feel that it has been useful for you, then we ask that you consider making a small donation of the amount (for most people this is the price of a coffee or two), you either think the advice is worth, or what you can afford, with absolutely no pressure to if your skint or you didn’t value the session.