Monthly Archives: July 2011

Action Actors, An Idea

It must have been 3-4 years ago I had the idea for a temp agency that sourced short term contract work for actors who were between acting jobs.  When I say acting jobs I mean a paid engagement. Many actors are involved in projects at any given point in time, however a majority of those projects will be unfunded or sponsored and so are driven by the old “doing it for the love of it“.

The harsh reality of the industry, even in the non recessionary times, is that at any given time, well over 90% of actors will be between acting jobs. What gives the reality of being an actor between jobs even more of a twist is that you get a call asking if you can get to an audition in x days time and in order to honor the audition you will be required to spend a number of hours learning dialogue.

Fitting this around a full time job or a steady job can prove difficult. Thus for many actors trying to keep themselves available for auditions etc, short term contracts or regular, but flexible part time jobs are a godsend when they come along.

You may be thinking that it is a difficult time to be starting an employment related business, well contract work or employment is one of the fastest growing sectors, and just check out these stats from the Department of Labour website;

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