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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.
 

Looking for a TALL 7FT Man for a Commercial

Hi there,

We’re looking for a VERY TALL MAN – 7FT TALL or thereabouts ideally! – for a commercial shoot happening this month in Dublin.

This would be paid work if cast.

If you fit the bill, email info@extrasireland.com with ‘Tall Man’ in the subject line and send us your name, height and a couple of photos.

Thank you, looking forward to hearing from you!

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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:

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!

Casting Call: Television Commercial

Casting Call: Looking for the following below for a TVC. If interested please e-mail recent colour pictures and contact details to info@extrasireland.com. This is paid work. 
 
MUST be free for a quick casting this coming Monday the 24th of April with filming taking place on Thursday 27th of April. Both casting and filming will be taking place in Dublin city centre. 

Roles:

  1. Young Female [8 – 10] Must have expressive and cute face

  1. Strong Male [22 – 27] Well-defined face. Although those with beards aren’t discouraged, preferably not well manicured beards.

  1. Strong Female [Mid-30s] An athletic and natural woman.

  1. Older male [Late 50s – Early 60s] Strong, characterful face.

  1. Male teen [16 – 19] Energetic and attractive. No facial hair. Urban and cool.

  1. Adult Male [mid – late 30s].