British Action Academy: The Agency

So you’ve just completed one of our courses, or about to book onto one, and you’ve got the bug. This is what you want to do with your life. This is how you want to make your living. You’ve made that first step with us and our courses, and you’re looking to make the leap as a performer. The only question that remains is: how?

That’s where our agency comes in. As well as being an industry leader with our training courses, we operate an agency for action performers. It is important to stress though that this is not an extras agency. We concentrate on providing roles which are generally higher paid than standard extra rates. To date, we have helped find members of our agency roles on Poldark, Bulletproof, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Legend, Game Of Thrones, Hollow Crown and Peaky Blinders to name a few.

As I said earlier, this is not an extras agency, and in respect to that, we implemented an invite-only policy from October 2017. This means that you have to be personally invited by us to join the agency, after completing and passing Phase II of our Warrior Masterclass. If you passed Phase II before October 2017, then you are automatically entitled to join our agency. If you passed after, you would have to be invited to be eligible to join. On occasion, we may invite Phase I warriors to be put forward for a production if they have a special skill set or look that production are after.

The other thing to remember is that just because you’ve accepted our invitation, or you’ve passed your Phase II, you aren’t going to automatically start receiving job offers. You’ll need to provide us with a few things before you're a member. You will need to upload your headshot, body shot, action shot and biometric data on your portal account. You will need to provide us with an up to date DBS certificate, a copy of your passport. If you have not provided us with these things the BAA agency will be unable to put you forward for casting calls. It is up to you to supply this information and to make sure we have received it by managing your own portal account.

Once all the above criteria are met, you’re ready to rock ’n’ roll. If there is a piece of advice I can give you at this point, it’s that you are your own greatest promoter. We have up to 300 people on our agency at any given time, and whilst we have successfully found work for 71% of them, it’s up to you to make sure you stand out. The best way to do this is by keeping your portal up to date, including an up to date showreel, good communication with the agency and by actively pushing yourself in your training.

This is where our courses come in handy. When we receive casting calls into the agency, they all ask for a number of different criteria to be met, from a certain look to a specific skill. A role may land on our desk asking for firearms experience, if you’re a member of our agency, and have completed our Gun Rush course, then we can confidently put you forward for the role. If it’s a featured role which involves a high level of combat experience, we will naturally look through our agency at those who are Advanced Screen Combatants or have progressed well through the Warrior Masterclass Phases. If we know that role involves some stunt work, then our first port of call is those who have completed our B.L.A.S.T. and who are registered stunt performers.

At the end of the day, this is one of the toughest and most competitive industries in the world, which means there are never any guarantees. A successful performer in the action industry is always training, always learning and updating their skill set. They live and breathe the action industry and prioritise their career over and above anything else. We strive to help you accomplish your goals, and from January 2016 to March 2018 we have worked on 124 projects from major blockbusters to TV shows, commercials and live shows.

Our agency is highly regarded and recognised in the industry, and we take your career deadly seriously, but the rest is ultimately up to you. Do you think you have what it takes? Check out our upcoming courses HERE

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