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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!

The ultimate Role Play? AA & Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales?

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You’ve got to love NZs 1 degree of separation!

Huge congratulations to Rosalie van Horik who has been on ActionActors database since 2012. Rosalie who is represented as an actor by The Human Agency has just wrapped shooting on the latest Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales movie as a stunt double for the female lead no less. Clients such as The Port Group, Think Research & The Internet Agency will be able to reflect in Rosalies wonderful success. They are clients who had Rosalie work on various projects from mystery shopping to car pool promotions.

The degree of separation? Human agency is owned by a woman I was in Limbs Dance Company with many years ago, & Rosalie was also the stunt double for NZ best actress award winner Sia Trokenhiem who is also on the ActionActors database.

 

Update; Role Play & Promotions

Gidday,

Time for an update from ActionActors HQ. 

Having been up and running as a stand alone company for just over a year now, we are able to see a definite direction in which we need to focus. Initially I was keen to chase the work in areas like hospitality, retail, gardening etc, however although there have a been a few of these jobs and they have been much appreciated, it is in the realms of promotions, character role playing and corporate role play for training purposes, that the real interest is being shown.

We already have a couple of clients who are using us for their regular role play training with senior executives. We also have a major business association contracting an ActionActor when they require telemarketing. Kind of obvious I guess, actors are a no brainer when it comes to communicationg, be it is a role play scenario or a communications scenario.

I will continue to pursue the other work, we get great feedback for the people who have done gardening, retail and other more standard work, however communications & performance skills are the strong card.

If you have any opportunities to do improvisation and communications classes, I would recommend you have a go. We will look to form a core database of people in these work sectors. If you have not signed up for Anthonys other company PeopleMax, again I recommend you consider it an option. I do work through them when I’m looking at periods of no income, I actually enjoy it, kind of like role playing really!

To finish up here’s what a client just sent in an email to Renee about a job from yesterday;

“Firstly, thanks for organising the actors last night, they were all awesome and followed the brief perfectly, we will definitely be using you (and hopefully those actors) again.”

Here’s a video from a corporate role play company in the UKmain-pane-rp

Businesses uncertain

“In the current environment, businesses can find it difficult to predict their long-term staffing needs,”
This statement was made by a specialist recruitment  manager back in 2009. A news item in January of this year, 2013, indicates this sentiment is still pervasive in the business community.
A perfect solution is to hire temp/casual staff and a perfect place to find those staff is Action Actors.
The work life of an actor is one of independent contracting, so they know how to slot into a role often at short notice and accept when it is over. Throughout the years I have had many of my friends tell me they could never live with the insecurity of income and work that they have witnessed as being my reality. If you wish to be an actor it just comes with the territory. That is why Action Actors has had over 250 actors join our database, it gives them one more avenue through which to source their temp and casual work options, which of course allows them to pay their bills and be available for any auditions or casting and performance opportunities should they arise.
It seems a perfect fit both for employers and actors, and best of all when someone needs a job done, by hiring an Action Actor they are in fact supporting the performing arts by supporting the performing artists. So no need to stress over predicting long term staffing, solve the problem by hiring an Action Actor.

Dogfooding Action Actors style

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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!

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