Want a career in TV or film? Here’s how these people got their breaks

A glittering career on the big (or small) screen seems pretty appealing. Whether you want to be an actor or a TV presenter, or something else, there are loads of opportunities out there.

Here are three rising stars in the industry who gave us some amazing insight into their career journeys. Want to know how to nail auditions or how to beat nerves? These guys reveal all.


Layton Williams

Image Credit: Rex Features

Image Credit: Rex Features

Rising star Layton Williams is fast making a big name for himself. The 21-year-old starred in BBC comedy Bad Education alongside Jack Whitehall and he’s played Billy Elliot in London’s West End musical. 

“At this time in my career I am really enjoying the versatility of the jobs I’ve been doing. I love the fact that a single episode can be viewed by millions of people but the thrill of live theatre is the most incredible thing. That buzz will (hopefully!) never get old.”

Read the full interview here.


Sabrina Grant

Sabrina Grant

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Sabrina Grant’s career path proves that there’s really no set route into television. She had a whole string of jobs before becoming a TV presenter. From making Jimmy Carr’s coffees to working behind-the-scenes at Britain’s Got Talent where she comforted crying contestants. She’s done it all.

“You have to be thick skinned, patient, persistent and work hard. For presenting you should definitely think about putting a short show reel together that shows off who you are, your personality and interests. It’s not always what you know, but who you know. Speak to anyone you can who is doing the job you want to, ask for help on how to get into the industry. I would also recommend starting a YouTube channel as it’s a great way to be seen quickly.”

Read the full interview here.


Georgina Campbell

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With a BAFTA already under her belt, 23-year-old actress Georgina Campbell is a true success story. But staying on top isn’t always easy. Georgina reveals exclusively to List for Life why women have a tougher time in the creative industries than men and what it was like to work with Jude Law.


“There’s so much expectation on women to stay young. We seem to disappear off the screens after we turn 40. There are also far less substantial roles for women than men in the industry, it’s sometimes difficult to find female roles that aren’t just an extension of a male role. In Sweden they have a fantastic rating for ‘sexist films’ that I think we should bring over here! But it’s something that is changing. People are talking about the subject more and more which is bound to bring about change. I loved Patricia Arquette’s speech at the Oscars  – she told it like it is.”

Read the full interview here.


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