about us & faqs
what training do you offer?
- 2-Day Intensive Introduction to Acting
The Business of Acting (for individuals, groups & drama schools)
Private 1-1 Sessions
Corporate Training: Presentation Skills
how old do I have to be?
All classes, workshops and 1-1 sessions are available for those 16 years old and over.
Classes for younger students are booked on a bespoke basis through external organisations such as schools and outreach groups.
how do I pay?
You can pay with any debit or credit card or by BACS (bank transfer).
I have accounts with PayPal, Eventbrite, Stripe and Square so you can pay online or over the phone, whichever suits you best*.
*service provider charges apply.
If you prefer to pay directly from your bank (BACS), I can send you an invoice with our bank details.
I no longer accept cheques, sorry.
what happens after I attend a workshop or 1-1 session?
That is up to you! In order to work as an actor you must be pro-active and motivated. If you leave a session and go home to wait for the phone to ring, you will have wasted your money. No one is going to offer you work on a silver platter just because you have attended a class, course or training programme.
It is up to you to market yourself effectively, get or create work and network – you are in charge of your career, not your agent, friends or peers and I can point you in the right direction to get started on the right track.
where do your workshops take place?
Usually, Glasgow City Centre.
However, I have been asked to run workshops and seminars in London, Edinburgh and Manchester too so keep an eye on our site and Facebook page for updates.
If you have a small group looking to have a private workshop, I will come to you*.
*travel and/or accommodation expenses will be added on top of workshop fee.
who runs the raw talent company?
ME - I'm Helen Raw
Bsc Hons, CertHE, MBPsS, ACSFS, AMRSB
As an actor, singer and independent producer, I work on both sides of the business. I run
The British Actors Network and keep an eye on employment legislation and have taken many companies to task for not paying and/or insuring actors. I am very vocal in my protection of actors and have shut down more than one scam 'company' who were exploiting money out of inexperienced actors.
I am an experienced actress and singer who has been involved in the entertainment world in some form or another since the late 80's. I have been teaching children and young people since 1991 and adults since around 2000. As well as running acting and performance classes and workshops for children and adults, I am a STEM Ambassador on the STEM Network and run science and crime scene investigation workshops/parties for children.
From 2008 - 2019, I was lead vocalist and co-producer for the Twinkletrax record label creating nursery rhyme CDs and MP3s for children. I am co-Director and Producer for Shoogly Peg Productions, a film production company I run with my BAFTA-winning partner in crime.
Trained Equity Ambassador and founder of the East of Scotland General Branch of Equity (2008) and elected Secretary until I resigned my post in 2015 to concentrate on my final year at Uni. The branch is still going strong and, in 2016, I was elected to serve on Equity’s Online Branch committee.
In 2012 I co-founded the British Actors Network on Facebook and took over as manager and lead admin in 2017. I took over sole responsibility in June 2019.
In 2014 I started fostering cats and dogs out of emergency situations. In August 2016 I set up Raw's Paws, a licensed home-boarding facility for cats and dogs. I only take paying clients when not fostering and so far have voluntarily fostered 32 furry beasts. I am in the process of completing a Diploma in Feline Behaviour and Psychology and my Graduate training in Amichien® Bonding’, as created by Jan Fennell ‘The Dog Listener’.
A CertHE in Forensic Science & Medicine and a BSc Honours Degree in Forensic Psychobiology assures I am the one person who can definitely help you ‘bury the body’, my management skills will keep our alibis consistent and my producing skills will ensure it is all filmed, in high quality, for future blackmail purposes.
why should I choose the raw talent company?
We are ace and have a 'no bullshit' approach to teaching.
The workshops are designed to give you an insight into what is required to be a working actor - I am not here to promise you the world and tell you that you will be the next Robert De Niro or Meryl Streep! What you get from me is honest feedback and techniques that you can immediately transfer to your work.
The workshops are a great stepping stone to further acting tuition and can help you decide if a professional career in the performance industry really is for you before you go spending thousands of pounds on drama schools, headshots and casting site memberships.