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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.
 

Meet and Greet Coming Soon…

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We hope you’ve all been enjoying the sunshine – long may it last!

We’re delighted to announce that our next Meet & Greet day will be coming up very soon in June.

We’re always on the lookout for new and exciting faces so keep an eye out for details here and on social media.

It will only take 10/15 minutes max: fill out a quick application form, get your photos taken in our studio here and then you’re on the books for any future castings/ work we can put you forward for. And all 100% free!

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Casting Call: Middle Aged Couple Needed

CASTING CALL: A commercial filming in Wicklow is looking for a real couple (aged 50 – 60) for a shoot taking place either on the 28th or 29th of March. Paid work.

If interested, please send photos of you and your partner along with contact details and a little bit about you to info@extrasireland.com.

If you want to apply by yourself and be potentially paired up with someone that’s fine, please just send required information in about yourself also.

Due to high volume we cannot respond to everyone directly but once you e-mail info@extrasireland.com with required information we will put you forward as an option to the production company.

Thanks!

Casting Call: Children and Parents in Cork City or surrounding areas needed for photo shoot. Paid work.

Casting Call: Children and Parents in Cork City or surrounding areas needed for photoshoot. Paid work.

Children aged 3 months to 5 years needed for a children’s catalogue photoshoot in Cork city.

Also needed are a lot of children aged 3months to 12 months along with their mums/dads or both also.

The dates are tbc but multiple dates in or around the 13th of November. If selected, you will most likely only be needed for one day in total.

If interested, please e-mail the following information ASAP to info@extrasireland.com

  1. Recent colour photos of your child (and photos of you or both parents if going for those roles also).
  2. Ages of all submitted, children and adults. If anyone has done similar work before please let us know.
  3. Contact details.
  4. Any date restrictions around this time.

Due to high volume of correspondence we cannot get back to everyone individually but once you’ve e-mailed in we have received it and will forward you on as an option.

Thanks!

Casting Call: Students 17 – 24 needed for Dublin shoot

Casting Call:

We’re searching for students aged 17 – 24 (boys, girls, all nationalities and looks welcome) for an online video shooting in Dublin next week. Paid Work.

If interested please e-mail info@extrasireland.com ASAP with

  1. Recent colour photographs
  2. Your name, age, where you’re based
  3. If interested, an additional photo of both your hands (this is for a separate part of the video – image should be the hands flat out, palms facing down).

Thanks!

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