Monthly Archives: September 2011

Action Actors on Radio NZ

Action Actors was on The Arts on Sunday show on Sunday 18 September 2011. If you missed the show, you can hear it below!

Courtesy of RadioNZ.

Source:
http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/artsonsunday/audio/2498171/actors-action

Tour of Duty

Just got back from doing my first 8 hr tour of duty as a part time worker / temp worker if you will, as an Auckland Transport Ambassador, informing the citizens around downtown Auckland / RWC 2011 Party Central, where to connect with buses. The bus stops around the Party Central area of the waterfront that have been closed off to allow pedestrian access to the roads in that precinct.
A great atmosphere around town, much more relaxed but still a sense of party happening. Nice to work alongside a nice bunch of people, ranging in age from about 20 to in the 60’s…no I’m not in my 60’s…yet!
Fantastic to see a number of Action Actors in the mix also, earning a buck, putting in the hours using their wonderful skills as communicators to great effect.
Tune into National Radio, The Arts on Sunday with Lynn Freeman this coming Sunday 19th to hear an interview Lynn did with myself and Action Actor Matt Halliday. Matt was fantastic in the interview, a huge thanks to him for coming along.
As an actor and now an Action Actor, Matt has been into a number of jobs already, he is a great example of what I know many actors to be, focused, intent, and bloody talented in more than just acting.
Having met Matt and spent the time I did with him before the interview and at the interview, it truly gave me a real sense of gratitude at being able to set Action Actors up and to work alongside and for such damn fine human beings.
Thankyou to all of you who have jumped on board already, however get your mates to join also and lets make it impossible for employers to go past us as their part time workers / temp workers of choice.
To cap off an excellent day, what a superb game of rugby played by both the All Blacks and Japan, despite the blow out score line the Japanese supplied some worthy moments to a very watchable game of the rugby.

Action Actorman

Action Actorman

Action Actors Press Release

Wednesday September 7th 2011

ActionActors has just launched and is a new employment agency dedicated to sourcing non acting work opportunities for actors and other performing artists.

Co-founded by Bruce Hopkins (former Limbs dancer, stage and Lord of the Rings actor) and Anthony Hurst (PeopleMax, Digital Productions), the service is receiving good support from both the actors and their agents and already has more than 40 actors on the books.

“We have some of New Zealand’s best known faces, also plenty of up and coming actors but we need more – lots more,” says Hopkins.

“Actors and performers have skills that are ideal for promotional and branding as well as other work and with the Rugby World Cup now underway and summer around the corner, we believe demand from clients will be strong.”

Hopkins says that ActionActors aims to source actors work “between roles” to provide increased financial security and the ability to be more selective in their acting or performing choices.

‘We’re really impressed with the skills these people offer and the scope of work they can perform, we are confident employers will find what they are looking for” says Hopkins.

Actors or performers are invited to visit www.actionactors.co.nz

More information is available;

Bruce Hopkins; bruce@actionactors.co.nz or cell phone; 021 573 344

Get your temp workers here!

Talkback graveyard styles!

Talkback graveyard styles!

Action Actors, as you maybe aware, is a temp employment agency, sourcing short term contract work utilising a brilliant resource that already exists, that being hundreds of highly motivated actors who are between acting jobs. From the fantastic response we have already had of actors signing up, the skill sets are amazing. Our thoughts had been that the focus would be on promotional, hospitality, administrative, and event production work opportunities. However we are having to revise these as actors inform us of their areas of work experience. With RWC 2011 about to hit it will pay you to take a look at the actors already on our books, you will see that the skill sets are vast.

Here is a small anecdotal glimpse into the world of an Action Actor, and their array of skills & experience. This actor is me and here is what I got up to last week.

My work schedule for last week;

  • I spent 4 days ( Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat ) driving a 10 tonne curtainsider truck, working for a mate who was moving his 3D printing company to new premises from Grey Lynn to Newton ( in 2010 I invested $3K getting my class 2 & 4 HT licences and my P endorsement to give me other work options as I get older while not owning a home or having a large pool of super funds to live off in later years, a brutal reality for many actors ). I loved driving that beast around the city streets, the very act of reaching up above your head to open the door of the cab, then having to pull yourself up 2 steps to sit in the drivers seat gives you a sense that you are in a totally different world on the road to car drivers. There was a alot of lifting, bloody heavy work etc, but it was earning me money.
  • On Wednesday and Friday I was an actor working with the legendary NZ filmmaker Gaylene Preston, portraying one of the characters involved in the tragic and controversial westcoast Strongman mine explosion of 1967. Needless to say I love acting, finally working with Gaylene was wonderful and although this was not a big money job, it pays better than truck driving, you get fed a damn fine lunch and there’s great espresso coffee available all day.  A little twist being that I had roasted the coffee we were drinking the previous week when I ran another mates roasting business, Santos Coffee Roasting,  while he took a well earned holiday!
  • In my lunch break on thursday, I shot to Stebbings Recording studio to do a voice over for a radio ad.
  • Then to cap the week off I hosted my 5hr overnight talkback show on RadioLIVE.

When I looked back at last week I realised it exemplified the working life of the vast majority of actors, multi skilled, disciplined, eager to work in order to pay the bills and to allow themselves to continue pursuing the passion for performing.

If you are a company owner or business person looking for short term contract staff or temp workers, you will do yourself a favour by contacting Action Actors and checking out what we have to offer, premium personnel!

Coffee Roasting

Coffee Roasting

Talkback graveyard styles!

Talkback graveyard styles!

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