short term contracts

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!

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!

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Coffee Roasting

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Talkback graveyard styles!

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