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Ardent & Co is a new initiative offering industry level coaching and guidance to child performers and their parents/guardians. 

We will be running all our sessions online in the form of webinars for group sessions or one on one coaching and mentoring. 

Ardent & Co is run by Sarah MacDonnell, owner and agent at Ardent Talent and successful young actress Emily Carey.

Emily and Sarah are a mother and daughter team. 

Sarah MacDonnell

Sarah established Ardent Talent in April 2017. A widely successful children's talent agency. 

A former actress herself, Sarah has many years experience as an agent, performer and teacher in the performing arts. She is also Mum to successful young actress Emily Carey (see below) and so has valuable first hand experience of the industry as a parent. 

Emily Carey 

At the age of 9 she made her professional theatre debut in Shrek The Musical at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane leading straight into Marta Von Trapp in The Sound of Music at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. The production was nominated for 'Best Musical Revival' at the 2014 Olivier Awards, and subsequently Emily reprised her role with a live performance at the Olivier Awards Ceremony at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

In 2014, at the age of 11, Emily broke into the screen industry after being cast in the semi-regular role of Grace Beauchamp in BBC's flagship Saturday night drama 'Casualty', a role she played over 4 series. Also in 2014 she featured as 'Mini Idina' in the music video for Idina Menzel and Michael Buble's hit single Baby It's Cold Outside. Other television credits include the series regular role of Mary Conan Doyle in the 10 Part drama 'Houdini & Doyle' (2016) and the role of Bea in Turn Up Charlie for Netflix (2019).

Making her big screen debut in 2017 as Young Diana in the Warner Brothers blockbuster movie 'Wonder Woman', Emily has begun to carve a niche as a young action hero moving swiftly into the role of Young Lara Croft in the 'Tomb Raider' reboot directed by Roar Uthang which released in 2018.

Emily's upcoming film credits include the title role of Anastasia in 'Anastasia: Once Upon a Time' directed by Blake Harris and Anne Frank in the highly anticipated animated feature film 'Where Is Anne Frank?' Directed by Ari Folman to be released in 2020.


You can currently see Emily as series regular Mika in BBC iPlayer's 'Get Even' soon to be hitting Netflix world wide. 

As seen above, even at the age of 16, Emily has years of experience in all areas of the industry. She is excited to offer advice to and share her knowledge with up and coming talent with a unique point of view that they can connect and relate to. 

Emily Carey on IMDb

Forthcoming Sessions: 

How to approach agents

With: Sarah MacDonnell

Format: Webinar

Duration: 1.5 hours

For: Parent/guardian only

Session Fee: £20

During the session we will talk about how to approach agents. What you need to know and how to create an effective CV and reel for your young actor regardless of their credits and experience. 

There will be an opportunity for Q&As.

Date: TBA 

Self Tape Masterclass

With: Sarah MacDonnell and Emily Carey

Format: Webinar

Duration: 1.5 hours

For: Parent/Guardian and child age 5 - 11

        Parent/Guardian and child age 12 - 18

Session Fee: £25

This session will require a parent/guardian and their young actor. Working together we will advise and demonstrate the best techniques to use when self taping. 

Date: TBA

Hollywood Industry Masterclass

With: Blake Harris (Hollywood Director and Writer). 

Format: Webinar

Duration: 1.5 hours

For: Parent/Guardian and child age 5 - 11

        Parent/Guardian and child age 12 - 18


Session Fee: £40

The session will be lead direct from Hollywood by Director/Writer Blake Harris . Parent/guardians will also need to be in view during the sessions and may participate with a Q&A. 

Date: TBA

Young Actor Advice Surgery

With: Emily Carey

Format: Webinar

Duration: 1.5 hours

For: Child age 9+

Session Fee: £20

The session will include dealing with rejection and mental wellbeing within the industry, how to juggle eduction and working professionally and how to prepare for auditions, along with other valuable tips direct from a working young actor's point of view. Q&A will take place toward the end of the session. 

* A parent or guardian will need to be present however they will not be required to participate. 

Date: TBA

One on one sessions with Emily Carey to be announced shortly. 

To register your interest for any of the above sessions, please contact Sarah at ardentcobooking@gmail.com

The sessions are open to all young actors and their parents regardless of experience, location and current representation.

©Ardent Talent 2017

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