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;

Over the past year, skilled vacancies increased by 17.1% and all vacancies increased by 18.2%

Jobs Online shows, in seasonally adjusted terms, that skilled vacancies grew by 1.5% in June 2011 following a decline of 0.7% in May 2011. All vacancies increased by 2.3% in June 2011 following an increase of 1.3% in May 2011.

Industries that had the largest growth in the month of June 2011 were accounting, HR, legal and admin (up 9.0%) and hospitality and tourism (up 8.5%).

  • The Department’s updated employment growth forecasts for the period 2010-2015 estimate 199,600 jobs will be created at about 1.8% per annum.  This represents an increase of approximately 9% of the workforce over the five year period.
  • By industry, forecast employment growth over the next five years is expected to remain highest in retail trade (up 30,300), followed by hospitality (up 26,600), and business services (up 21,500).
  • By occupation, the largest number of opportunities over the next five years is forecast for specialised managers (41,400), followed by housekeeping and restaurant services workers (11,400), livestock farmers (10,900), and finance and sales associate professionals (10,200).
  • The most strongly growing occupations for lower-skilled people include restaurant service workers, salespeople, labourers, and vehicle drivers.

There is work to be done, and in my humble opinion actors represent a fantastic pool of talent from which to plug those HR gaps.

Being independent contractors actors know how to look after themselves, but when they are acting they have do be ultimate team players as well. An actors training will teach them to look, listen and be in the moment – perfect skills for working in all sorts of promotional and hospitality environments. However many also have great IT skills, and are experienced in telephone sales, call centre & customer support roles.

With the expected influx of over 85,000 visitors to NZ, Rugby World Cup 2011 is a perfect platform to get an Action Actor on board your team providing a totally professional public profile for your company.

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