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ActionActor takes out Tropfest 17 award

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                   Mary Rose

Have you been one of the fortunate clients of ActionActors who hired Mary Rose Rinaldi for your temp staffing need/promotion/customer service job?
If so congratulations, you helped Mary Rose pay her bills as she pursued her mission of creating an award winning short film.
Mary Rose & her team of creatives just took at the Best Film & Best Actress awards at the 2017 Tropfest film festival
Massive congratulations to you & your team Mary Rose. I have been around long enough to know that many of the film makers who win these awards do in fact go on to have fantastic careers in various forms of screen production.
As 2017 rolls on into it’s 3rd month, yeah that’s right only 10 months till Christams!, ActionActors has a heap of great clients on board and we have just kicked into a really busy period supplying over 20 personnel, all actors, to clients for work in such diverse sectors as hospitality at a wedding, flyer distribution to neighbourhoods affected by major construction projects, survey work with the MoT, NZ Police & Opus International, dusting down the interior of a newly renovated Herne Bay house before it is put on the market. A number of these clients are back for repeat business & we make sure their experience the second time round is as good if not better than the last time.

If you love heading along to shows from time to time the brutal reality is that only a small percentage of your ticket price will end up in an actors wage packet. Hiring temp staff from ActionActors is a fantastic win win, as you will be helping the actors you see on stage, to keep folloeing their dreams.
It’s really gratifying to know that through these jobs many actors will earn extra income to support their pursuit of a career in the performing arts & creative sectors. These clients may well be hiring the next Mary Rose!

Dogfooding Action Actors style

Bruce the ambassador

doing my bit for my bank account and for Auckland Transport

Phew, I can buy groceries this week! I just finished two 4 hr shifts of work as an Auckland City Transport ambassador.

I have to confess, after 25yrs in the acting fraternity I continue to find myself surprised at the continued presence of my vulnerabilities/fears.

Temp work has been my life blood as far as raising 3 kids and paying the bills goes during my ‘career’ as a performer. I would estimate about 80% of my income during the last 25yrs has come from non acting work, this includes hosting radio shows, painting houses, landscaping, builders labouring, character based promotional/branding work, crayfishing, tour bus driving and guiding, MCing, production managing… the list goes on! ( watch the video on the home page of the website)

The one constant amidst this array of temp & short term contract work has been what could almost be termed a fear of being locked into one thing! The bizarre by product of being a casualised worker is that many times I have also yearned for a full time job, a nice steady predictable income. However if you get bitten by the acting bug often you end up being willing to sacrifice the security of income a steady job offers and take a punt on pursuing the dream, but you develop a sense that you have to always be available at the drop of a hat for the call up.

Since I started Action Actors with my business partner Anthony, it has been a blessing that we have been able to offer some of the temp work opportunities that his company PeopleMax generates, to Action Actors personnel. PeopleMax has a contract with a major council organisation and at times they requires very large numbers of staff out and about for a few days keeping the public informed of developments in a particular aspect of Auckland City infrastructure.

I have taken on some of this work myself and it has been a great form of what could be called dogfooding ( according to wikipedia, dogfooding “can be a way for a company to demonstrate confidence in its own products”), however the best part is that once I fill in my timesheet, I get a deposit of money into my bank account. By biting the bullet and committing to a particular shift(s) of this work, I lock that time off and let go the fear that I should leave myself available, …just in case the phone rings and it’s my agent calling about the big job!

If you would like to earn some extra income, check out the job opportunities being sent out, bite the bullet and have a go, its a great form of temp short term work and it’s money you would not otherwise have, to spend on … dogfood if you have a dog!

Action Actors on NZ Business

Once you’ve learnt that nearly 95 percent of actors, dancers, musicians and performers are not working 95 percent of the time, two things become clear. The first is that if you are in that game, you’d better have another string to your bow. The other? Wouldn’t all of those people like to have an outlet for their other skills, and earn money while they wait for work in their preferred profession?

We’ve taken two acclaimed national performing icons, Bruce Hopkins and Shane Cortese, to see their different approach to the problems and opportunities outlined above. Both have been running their companies, ICMI (‘Your gateway to world class talent’: Cortese) and Action Actors (‘Your brand interactors’: Hopkins) for a short while, so it seemed a good moment to check on progress.

Read more – Action Actors NZ Business May 2012

Media exposure for Action Actors

Having just had the 156th Action Actor loaded into the database, it is high time to get out there and generate the work. It has been really pleasing to see that even without a huge amount of promotion we have generated tens of thousands of dollars income for a number of the personnel who have been putting themselves forward for the work offered.

So it is fantastic to see that after a brief session with a media consultant, Louise Pagonis, we have been able to start generating media about Action Actors. I have had wonderful feedback about an article that was in the NZ Herald Work  section yesterday Thursday May 17th. This has also generated a couple of enquiries. Now to convert those enquiries to actual opportunities!

There are also articles in the NZ Business magazine May edition, and the Westpac Bank Love Red magazine.

It all adds to my belief that Action Actors will one day be a major source of income for NZ actors.

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