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Career Consultations

It’s not just our clients who can benefit from our expertise!

Non-BTA clients may book a phone consultation with our Founder and Senior Agent*

“I was recently introduced to Ryan… I only wish I had been in touch with him sooner as I can’t wait to continue our next conversation and work together. Ryan offered me some fantastic career advice and presented me with some eye opening and exciting options about how to take my career to the next level. It’s clear Ryan has worked incredibly hard to have built up his reputation and place in the industry, his wealth of experience speaks volumes as he has helped so many other actors already. The proof is in the pudding and he is definitely someone I want in my corner.”

Rayanna Dibs

Actress

Our Award-Winning Founder

From the age of five until sixteen, BTA’s Founder and Senior Agent, Ryan J-W Smith, trained to be a professional tennis player – beating Britain’s future Number 1 in straight sets at 14. Injury may have subsequently set him on a different path, but he never lost the champion’s mindset and extraordinary work ethic…

Smith became a festival-winning filmmaker and multi award-winning playwright/director, with years of professional experience working in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. Smith’s films have been shown, selected for, nominated or won their categories at over 25 international film festivals, including Cannes. He has conducted over 60 documentary interviews with leading international figures including Noam Chomsky, Ed Asner (winner of 7 Primetime Emmys and 5 Golden Globes) and the last known unreleased interviews with both Gore Vidal and Tony Benn.

Smith is also Artistic Director of his internationally acclaimed theatre company, Rogue Shakespeare®, and is a multi award-winning verse playwright and world-record holding poet, having written 7 verse plays, 1 verse screenplay, and over 1700 Shakespearean sonnets.

Excluding film festivals, Smith’s industry accolades include: two-time Hollywood Fringe International Award Winner; two-time Encore Producers’ Award Winner; Hollywood Fringe Comedy Award Nomination; Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award Nomination; Gandhi Foundation Award Recipient; three-time Arts Council England Award Recipient, two-time ‘Pick of the Fringe’ (Edinburgh), The Observer (Newspaper) Fringe Promoter of the Year, and countless professional 4 and 5-star reviews.

Ryan is also the recording artist, IMBIBEHis first two albums were originally released with Universal Music.

Smith won the Hollywood Fringe International Award two years running in 2015 & 2016

“No half promises here, no teasers, no hard-sell, no bullshit. A polite and affable approach to delivering detailed and clear tailored advice, left me feeling understood and resolved. Refreshingly honest and well founded suggestions have me excited and secure in the knowledge that with Ryan on my side, with his extensive experience in many branches of this industry, I’m on to a winning result.

Georgina Blackledge

Actress

“The session was very good – I now feel strong and specific in what I need to do to make myself look better in the acting industry”

Dominic Cannon

Actor

Dear Ryan, thank you, for what was a very enlightening career consultation… your sound advice and knowledge of today’s market place is outstanding. Having spent the last 50 years growing and selling some of the world’s biggest brands, I now realise, by your suggestion, that I have neglected my own! Your astute observations, with reference to my ‘online presence’ are spot-on. Thank you again for your excellent guidance. The fee for your consultation is the best £66 I’ve ever spent.”

Brian Watson

Ad Director / Guinness World Record Holder

Ryan helped me to see the missing holes, and where I was not highlighting my skill set to my advantage. His advice was precise and to the point, I think it has helped to save a lot of time and probably a lot of money in the long run, in knowing exactly what I need to do to gain the representation and type of work I am seeking. The great thing is that it’s all completely achievable – it’s often at times only ourselves that are in the way. Ryan has a very funny and charming nature about him, making him easy to talk to and guide you through the process.”

Natasha Wood

Actress

“Dear Ryan, Thank you so very much. I feel empowered and inspired. Your advice makes perfect sense when you spell it out so succinctly and above all it’s perfectly do-able and achievable,  you simply have to know what it is you should be doing! Thank you, again.”

Emma Taylor

Artistic Director, Canal Cafe Theatre / Actress

“My consultation was so refreshing, particularly gaining insight to Ryan’s worldly views and experience, all of which where shared with me through the lens of a successful British actor. He is a Legend!!”

Lladel Bryant

Actor

“Very helpful, great advice and knowledge of working and living in London, New York and Los Angeles. Everything you need to help further your career in this highly competitive international industry”

Austin Spangler

Actor

“Ryan, I just want to take some time out to say thank you so much for your useful advice and will definitely implement it.”

Portia Meyer

Actress

“Thank you. A few great ideas to work on. And some obvious things I should have known myself!”

Nicola Redman

Actress

“Thank you so much for the consultation. It was extremely helpful and opened my eyes to a number of things I hadn’t considered!”

Francesca Brand

Actress

“Thanks again – I found it invaluable and you certainly seem to know your stuff.”

Jim Ewan, Actor

Actor

“Ryan’s consultation unravelled some important factors in acting particularly to show versatility. With his help I have identified hidden acting talents that I have yet to show.”

Judy Acton

Actress

“Really enjoyed the session, full of practical solid advice. Gave me a good awareness of what I need to be doing and of what the evolving industry is looking for to be employable. And it was good to hear from a guy who’s been, and still is, involved in some really interesting original projects.”

James Holdsworth

Actor

“Hi Ryan, Thank you again for your candid advice, it’s exactly what I’ve needed and now feel I can progress towards really furthering my career. Again massive thank you.”

Johnathon Neal

Actor

“Thank you very much, your advice was invaluable. It was like a wake up call on how I should be presenting myself to the industry.  Some great ideas to work on! Thanks!”

Kim Driver

Actress

“Ryan helped me to sort out my short term goals and to find a few different ways of achieving them, which has really made it easier to just start focussing and progressing. The headshot and showreel advice was also great and once I’ve moved onto the next stage of my career, if I am in need of any other advice, I will definitely book another consultation! Thanks again.”

Emma O'Hara

Actress

“Thanks so much! I am SO pleased I decided to have a consultation with Ryan. It was so refreshing to have an open and direct conversation with someone so knowledgeable about the business in three wildly different cities, who could give me an honest and unbiased opinion about what makes sense for me professionally. Ryan is candid and direct, and also incredibly encouraging. 

The unexpected and added benefit of the consultation was Ryan’s knowledge about producing for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I’m producing my first show there this year and Ryan was able to give me loads of great ideas about how to approach producing and promotion and marketing of the show. That combined with his enthusiasm for the concept of the show itself made me surer than ever that this is what I need to be focusing on at the moment, and that injection of confidence is absolutely priceless.

 

Ryan, you’re a star, and I’m so grateful our online paths crossed! Hopefully our real-life ones will cross soon as well. Take care, and all the best to you!”

 

Amy Burke

Actress

We accept your currency

We accept payments via paypal, so you can pay with your local currency. Once we have received payment we will contact you within 48 hours to schedule your consultation.

Phone Consultation

We accept all currencies via Paypal which will be converted to £GBP

Just £66 (inc. VAT where applicable) for a 45 minute phone consultation.

Superlative Quality – Affordable Price

Some industry pros charge a small fortune for their advice. We presently charge a mere £66 for a 45 minute phone consultation with our founder and senior agent. We understand times are hard and you’re probably a struggling artist – we’re here to help. 🙂

“Thank you again, Ryan, for all your priceless practical advice, business tips and inspiration. It is especially great to hear it from someone who knows the industry from the inside out. All your advice is specific and personal. I very much appreciate your time, intelligence , detailed answers – and opening my mind in all aspects. Thank you Ryan!!!”

Margo Alison

Actress / Model

“Had a great consultation with Ryan! He gave me truly sound advice on my headshots, showreel and online presence, pointing out areas that could use change, showing me how to cultivate myself as a brand/business and giving me something to work on straightaway. He also laid out the facts from the fiction of moving to LA, which is really important to me. The whole interaction was down-to-earth, honest and empowering. I am looking forward to his input and further guidance as I take full reign of my career.”

Jenny Wambaa

Actress / Model

Your right to cancel

Prior to a consultation, we are very happy to provide our customers a ‘cooling off’ period of 7 days within which they may cancel their consultation payment without penalty. After 7 days, unused consultations are not refundable  – but they are, of course, still honoured! You will get your consultation. We obviously cannot give refunds on consultations given.

*Our right to cancel

Prior to a consultation we reserve the right to evaluate the merits of any potential consultee and, where we deem it appropriate, cancel any consultation and refund the payment, without explanation, for any reason or none.

“Thank you again for your kind words, you instilled a new sense of determination in me which was greatly needed.”

Michelle Cox

Singer and Actress

“I found our session really valuable and inspiring. Many thanks for your help”

Peter van der Stoep

Author

“Thanks for the great advice – I hope to speak to you again soon”

Andrea Bellometti

Actress

“It was so nice and inspiring meeting you! Hope we’re going to develop this in the future into a nice collaborative relationship!”

Ana-Maria Bandean

Actress

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