role play

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!

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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

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