Blog I What Are Actors Up To?

What Are Actors Up To?

By Aislinn Ní Uallacháin
Former Actor & Head of Casting 

It’s a very tough time for us all at the moment. We’re missing loved ones, worried about our jobs and unsure of how the situation is going to be resolved. Having been an actor for so long, I wonder how I would have coped had this happened a few years ago. Acting is a difficult path in terms of finance and self-worth at the best of times – let alone in the current climate. I’ve been reaching out to actors to check how they’re getting on in the midst of it all.

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1. Watching Classic Movies
Lots of actors are watching classic films that they keep meaning to watch but just never get around to it. One actor told me they’re working their way through all the Best Picture winners right back to the beginning of the Academy Awards as a study of great film-making and acting. If you want to learn, learn from the best! Recommendations from actors include Planet of the Apes, On the Waterfront, All About Eve, To Kill a Mockingbird, Psycho, Rocky, The Godfather and Pretty Woman.

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2. Doing their Day Job
As we know, most actors have a side job – teaching, tour guiding, retail, bartending and temping to name but a few. So for many it’s not only their primary job that has gone at the moment but their side one as well – that’s proving difficult for people. Thankfully, some actors are still able to work in their other job at the moment and are very grateful to have it – even if they’re usually dreaming of Hollywood. Jobs that actors are still doing include retail, admin, social media, content creation, electrician work and deliveries.
 
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3. Caring for their Families
For some actors that I’ve spoken to, acting is the furthest thing from their minds at the moment. Like so many, their first priority is looking after their children and family members. Some are official carers for family members so making sure they’re okay is at the top of the list. One actor who cares for their mother told me that the situation has given them some perspective. They usually spend so much time worrying about their career. None of that really matters right now.
 
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4. Feeling Incredibly Creative
In some cases, moments of difficulty can inspire great works of art. For some actors, the last few weeks have spurred them on to spend their time creating and developing their skills as an actor. They have been writing plays, making their own shorts, reading plays, recording voiceover from home, starting podcasts, learning more about how to use their camera and taking online acting classes and workshops. Not just in preparation for when all this passes but because they have the overwhelming urge to create.
 
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5. Enjoying the Downtime
On the other hand, an awful lot of actors are feeling the opposite – not creative at all. In fact, one actor told me that in a strange way, it’s a nice feeling not being so caught up in worrying about auditions and jobs – because there aren’t any! It can be exhausting. When things are up and running again these actors will return to immersing themselves in their art but for now, they’re appreciating a slower pace of life, the chance to recharge their batteries and to reconnect with family and friends.
 

Casting I Japanese Extras for Sports Promo

CASTING CALL!

Paid if cast.

We are currently looking for Japanese Extras for an exciting Sports Promo which will be filming in Dublin on August 19th.

Who they Need:
Japanese Extras | aged 18+ any gender

Must have a PPS number as all our payments go through payroll & Revenue.

If you are interested and would like to apply please email us at info@extrasireland.com with the subject line JAPAN EXTRA.

Casting I Mixed Race Siblings 4-9 for TV Pilot

PAID

We are looking for two children who are mixed race and possibly siblings, aged between 4-9 for a TV Pilot series filming in Dublin on June 3rd.

One of the children will be featured and the other child will be an extra.

A chaperone (Parent or guardian) should also be available to attend.

If interested please email us at info@extrasireland.com with the subject line MIXED SIBLINGS.

Casting I Picture Doubles for TV Pilot

We are looking for three male and one female picture doubles for the main cast in a television pilot.

Acting experience is a must and you should fit the measurements below to be considered.

Lead Actor – Male – Caucasian

CHEST 48 INCHES
WAIST 38 INCHES
NECK 18 INCHES
HEIGHT 6FT2 APPROX

Male Actor – Caucasian

Chest: 44 inches
Waist: 36 inches
Height: 6ft 3

Male Actor – Black

CHEST 40 IN
WAIST 34 IN
NECK 16.5 IN
HEIGHT 6FT2

Female Actor – Caucasian

Bust 83 cm
Waist 67 cm
Hip 92 cm
Height 5ft 2

CASTING CALL: 4 Men and 4 Women (Age 30 – 40) needed for photoshoot in Galway

Casting Call:

A well known kids store are looking to cast Mums and Dads for a photo shoot taking place in Galway on 24th of May.

Needed:

4 males (aged 30 – 40) and 4 women (aged 30  – 40). Couples can apply together or people individually to be paired up.

Nice fee and must be available to travel to location by yourself on day of photo shoot.

If interested please send on recent colour pictures to info@extrasireland.com along with your contact details/ experience/ height in cm’s and where you’re based.

If in any recent or current commercials please let us know also.

Thanks!