DSL graduating actors had the pleasure of spending an evening with Innovate Talent agent Matt Chopping for an Industry Talk.
Matt offered invaluable and reassuring advice to the actors who are preparing for their final term at DSL, with the professional preparation that is required.
Matt brought a wealth of knowledge, having been a talent agent for over 20 years. In 2020 he began his own talent agency, Innovate Talent. He is dedicated to a personal management style, and so he keeps Innovate to a boutique size, where he can gain a detailed understanding of his clients’ professional needs.
The talk provided actors with an overview of the role of an agent, the nature of the industry, and how it has developed over Matt’s career. He touched on key subjects such as self-taping and castings.
Matt instilled the importance of actors seeing themselves as a ‘personal business’. He inspired them to have ambition and vision for their careers and reminded them of the ‘power of no’. To think carefully about their path and make the right choices for themselves.
“It was useful to hear from an agent who really fights for you and can help direct a very well-informed career trajectory” Tessa Chalmers, BA (Hons) in Professional Acting.