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Research findings: Class and the working actor


The working class is under-represented in the creative industries, a gap that is researched through authentic voices of working-class actors on screen. Learn more about the outcomes of the research led by Professor Michael Wayne (Brunel University London).

Key findings are:

  • The actors interviewed struggled to raise the funds to enter acting school.

  • Those sustaining an early career face further challenges:

    • Non-acting jobs pay poorly but are needed ‘between roles’
    • There is competition between day jobs and acting roles to attend auditions
    • On-going training and registration for Spotlight (essential for job-seeking) is expensive.
    • The acting profession is London-centric, disadvantaging those on low-incomes outside London and the South-East

Read more here