It can be difficult to know what to buy the aspiring actor or actress in your life for Christmas. This gift guide should help make the decision a little easier. With a variety of great gift options, for a range of budgets, there is something to suit every actor.
iampro Membership Gift Card
iampro is an online drama school offering a range of live and on-demand training from world-class coaches teaching at the best in-person drama schools in the UK such as RADA, ArtsEd, and Sylvia Young Theatre School.
There is a diverse range of courses for adults and children. These courses range from character development, to screen acting, and even to movement and voice. There is also the option to learn about production, with professionally taught sessions in directing and creative writing available. iampro have regular celebrity masterclasses and lots of opportunities for aspiring performers to build connections with the people who can help them make it in the industry such as agents and casting directors.
There is a range of membership options available – from a one-month membership for £30, a 3-month membership for £80, and an annual membership for £300.
iampro also have Junior classes for 8-12-year-olds with prices at £20 for a one-month membership, £50 for a quarterly membership, or £200 for an annual membership, making iampro an affordable option for all who want to act, no matter what age.
Actor Life – Softback Journal
Every actor or actress needs a good journal to write down audition tips, their schedule for the month ahead, and important lines they may keep forgetting. This handmade journal, from a small business in the UK, contains specific pages designed for audition technique and prep, character breakdown, general notes, and contact details. This journal can help any actor stay on track to reach their acting goals.
For £18, it makes the perfect stocking filler. Alternatively, it could be combined with iampro’s one-month membership gift card to create a really special present.
The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer
Any aspiring or professional actor should read Jenna Fischer’s biography on her difficult journey to Hollywood and landing her iconic role in The Office. Fischer’s book is candid and provides readers with real-life advice. She does not shy away from showing the frustration, rejection, and doubt she experienced trying to break into the industry and this can be something relatable and encouraging for budding actors.
The paperback biography retails for £12.99 in Waterstones and, as a ‘survival guide’, it covers a range of topics, from how to get the best headshot, to casting tips and when to take risks.
Headshots make the perfect presents for any aspiring actor or actress who wants to take serious steps towards making it in the industry. A great headshot that shows your personality and confidence can help you stand out. These photos will represent you and help get you work, so it is important to get the right ones.
If you are thinking of giving someone the gift of a headshot, Headshot Hunter has a thorough guide we recommend that can inform you further about why they are so essential and where to go to get them done.
Theatre Poster Print – All The World’s A Stage
This theatre poster print would brighten up any budding performer’s workspace, whether that is their bedroom, study, or studio. This ‘All The World’s A Stage’ print was created by small business owner Georgina Westley as part of an exhibition run by The Circus Of Illustration and displayed in the Quarry Theatre in Bedford, during the BedFringe festival. It is made up of sketches of all things theatrical – from classical sheet music to Shakespeare scripts, and the green glow of the exit lights.
The unique print comes in three different sizes: A4 for £15, A3 for £25 and A2 for £40. So there should be a poster to suit your budget.
One of the most obvious, but still one of the best, gifts for any actor or actress is the gift of theatre itself. Theatre Tokens, run by Society of London Theatre (SOLT), is a not-for-profit organisation representing the London theatre industry. They have gift tokens for use in theatres all around the UK and they can be redeemed on plays, musicals, entertainment, opera and dance productions.
You can personalise the amount of money you want to put on the gift card (between £5 and £500) and they can be purchased online or in some retailers, such as Waterstones, Waitrose and most other large supermarkets.
To find out more about the acting and performance classes available at iampro, talk to us.