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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.

 

Role Play training

an actor acting a cab driver, but is it role play?

an actor acting a cab driver, but is it role play?

I know when I mention role play and promotional work, I’m beginning to sound like the record my Dad loved playing of a brilliant song called Cab Driver, by the Mills Brothers. Dad would dance to it every time it played. When the song was finished he would reach out with his foot and give the stereogram a nudge…the needle would slide back across the record and the song would play again!

My repeating mantra is to do with the fact that ActionActors should be any business or organisations first port of call for the best in role play personnel.

Here’s a link to an annual event produced by Actors Equity Australia, of which NZ is an autonomous branch. It’s called the Casting Hothouse. A bunch of equity members get chosen by ballot to take part in a 2 day workshop with top international casting directors. They work through a number of prepared pieces, supplied by the casting directors, and spend 2 days immersed in this process. I’m aware role play and promotional work are different specimens however I would contend they are of the same species, they all require aspects of performance. So who better to hone these skills, that’s right!, all of our personnel are pursuing acting as a professional habit, if you know what I mean. Some of them can even make a living out of acting, the rest have to do other work. Not only do you get great role play and promotional work talent when you have ActionActors on board, the actors also love it as they are working the muscles they have been trained to use!

Visit us at ActionActors on facebook to keep up with some of the work our personnel undertake.

My role play

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The light above the entrance to the Viaduct Events Centre

Just finished what I now realise is a form of role play. I have done Corporate & Med School role play jobs, as well as many MCing jobs, over the years. However it was only during my recent gig, MCing a fantastic 3 day-4 night conference, great presentations during the day, excellent trade hall of suppliers etc, brilliant keynote speakers and excellent evening functions, including a huge awards night, that I was aware that I was actually role playing. This was for a Trans-Tasman company. I was contracted through top aussie events company 1E for the Laser Group International Conference 2013.

As an MC I realise I’m essentially doing a form of corporate role play, when its for corporates and businesses, and another form of role play when I MC fund raisers & social events etc.  It made me think of the personnel from our database who have been getting some of the role play work we are being contracted for. It’s so cool to know we have role play work already booked through till October with one of NZs largest travel and tourism companies. Only one person each time but a booking every couple of weeks, and the feedback for ActionActors personnel has been excellent.

At the recent conference I also met and introduced as one of the keynote speakers, the owner of the biggest company of its industry sector in Australia, they have just opened business here in NZ. Networking trans-tasman felt very positive.

Temp workers, casual staff, promotions people, role play personnel, retail workers, hospitality staff etc, it all feels right. ActionActors has some fine marketing experience among its personnels skillsets, maybe I should hire one of our own personnel to do telesales for ActionActors, or maybe I just have to step up my game in marketing ActiuonActors, which I know is going to be a winner of a company in its industry sector.

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

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!

Thanks Becky, and Madant

It was great to get our first unsolicited request for a quote to have an Action Actor work for a day at a company called Radiate Sound Ltd. The job was also our first request for a Reception/Administration person. It was the kind of job we were not sure if we would be approached about, so it was great to get the approach and also be able to sort out an agreement. A huge thanks to Beck Kuek who secured the job. I saw Becky at a function we both attended a couple of days later and I asked if she would be kind enough to send us a testimonial. This is what Becky sent through in response to her day with Radiate;

“One of the hardest parts of being an actor is finding that balance between maintaining a job that pays the bills, and landing those jobs that fuel our careers. Action Actors offers exactly what every actor needs; flexible, temporary, obligation-free work to help keep the money coming in while we continue to pursue the profession we love. My first job with Action Actors was superb, and the process of booking the role and getting paid was surprisingly straightforward. The best thing about Action Actors, though, is being given that long-awaited feeling of respect and understanding that we so often miss out on as actors. I urge every actor to sign up to Action Actors, because it’s tough enough in this industry without having to worry about a “real job” and that next paycheck.”

Thanks Becky for your generous words and well done on stepping up and doing a great job. I met today with a contact I have about strategies for generating some publicity for Action Actors, so lets see how that goes over the next couple of weeks!, hopefully it translates into job offers starting to flow through the portals!

The photo with this blog shows two Action Actors at the Ellerslie RaceDays, thanks Madant for the work.

Action Actors in action @ Ellerslie RaceDays

 

Action Actors are over 100!

Melissa Fergusson weaves her magic

Melissa Fergusson weaves her magic

“ActionActors is 100!”

Well when we say we’re 100, it’s not in years, in fact we’re barely 100 days chronologically speaking – however since transforming the idea of creating a unique database of elite temp contractors & Brand Ambassadors called Action Actors, into a reality we already have well over 100 experienced actors on our database. We always said 100 would be our minimum number of contractors listed before we started promoting the service to businesses and its happened in perfect time for the Christmas rush!

The idea?…find temp contract work for actors, a unique and talented subset of the general population. Utilise their key attributes;

  • Passion for what they do
  • Awareness of the people around them and the situation/scene they are part of
  • The ability to communicate with clarity and commitment
  • The ability to adjust that communication and improvise, if and when needed
  • The ability to listen and to respond accordingly
  • The ability to stay focussed on the desired outcome

We can confidently state Action Actors probably have the most talented database of temp contractors in the country who are looking for work to supplement their acting and performing careers.  The people on board with Action Actors have experience in many different arenas, however summer is a time when all sorts of brands are vying to stand out from the crowd. Action Actors brand ambassadors will help you achieve that outcome.

To quote leading brand strategist Warren Mearns,  “brands do consist of a number of items. Try values, personality, behaviour, positioning and a value proposition, just to start. And their tangible presence can be experienced through people. People are often a company’s most influential branding tool. They sell the service or product, answer the phone, make the presentations and manage relationships; all done in the interests of delivering a brand experience. ”

Having over 100 people on our books is a great milestone and it has happened so quickly which justifies my initial impulse to create such a service.  We now have people with experience in such diverse worlds as medicine, banking, bikini modeling, market research – even Miss India judging!, now lets get them work!

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!

Rugby World Cup 2011 call to action!

Action Actors Opportunity

As long as Action Actors get enough personnel up and registered in time, we will be in a perfect situation to source opportunities for work throughout the Rugby World Cup 2011 tournament. Here’s what insiders are saying about this opportunity for temp work during the RWC 2011.

There are going to be a plethora of public and private events hosted all over the country, however the major focus will always be in Auckland where 11 games are to be played at the refurbished Eden park, including the major business end of the tournament, the semis and the final.

Action Actors are skilled

Our database, being comprised of actors will be a must view for many businesses etc who are hosting functions. It makes sense that as onsite hosts and hospitality staff, many actors fit the bill perfectly.

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