Actor- Friendly Work!

  • Nathan Cross

    Actor

    I'm really struggling to find any work that pays which allows me flexibility to go to auditions. I was working with events staffing company but frankly I need to find something more frequent.

    All the usual actor jobs I've never seemed to manage to be any good at them ie call centre work, teaching, selling coupons.

    I know some people do temp work, but how does one get into it? I've applied in the past and I hear nothing.

    Any suggestions cause frankly I'm stumped!?

    • 8th Jul 2014
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  • Veronica Ellis

    Actor

    I have never worked for them but I understand RSVP are good and flexible to work for. I used to work for Thornton and Baines, who were a laugh and flexible. Both of those companies are telephone based, not sure what RSVP is, but T&B is booking appointments.

    You could also try promo work, which will be a lot of flyering etc. It pays quite well, look up stuck-for-staff there will be a list of all the agencies to contact.

    I don't know about temping, if you do a forum search there was post about it last month.

    Good luck!

    Veronica

    • 6th May 2014
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  • Nathan Cross

    Actor

    RSVP is a call centre.

    I tried call centre worker and I never got past the 1st round so I will not go anywhere near it.

    This is anything out there which is flexible, doesn't require truckload of experience, and am able to do quite frequently?

    I feel like a headless chicken.

    • 12th May 2014
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  • User Deleted

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    Hiya, have you ever considered ushering/front of house at a theatre? Granted, it doesn't pay the best but it pays better than some hospitality...I'mm on 7.62 an hour at ATG but if you go with Delfont Mackintosh I think their staff are like 9 quid, as is the National...

    ATG is very good at being flexible though, well, quite good, in that if you give enough notice you get time off but if you need time off last minute you just have to find someone from another venue or the 0 hour pool to cover you...or you could just join the 0 hour pool and work as little or as much as you like...

    I'm not sure if theyre hiring at the moment but I just dropped my cv to all the theatres in London and waited.

    It's pretty easy work , just need a smile :-)

    Goodluck!

    • 12th May 2014
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  • Raquel Moreno

    Actor

    Hi Nathan,

    What about children's parties? You usually work during the WE and rates are not bad depending on the company...

    • 12th May 2014
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  • Nathan Cross

    Actor

    Not keen to do anything with kids, including teaching

    • 12th May 2014
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  • Veronica Ellis

    Actor

    Hey Nathan,

    I saw a friend this weekend who has started dog walking. Its not back money, flexible and keeps you fit.

    Or write a list of the things you do like doing and find a job that some of those things fall into.

    Good luck.

    • 12th May 2014
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  • Richard Dawes

    Actor

    I thought that for dog Walking you now have to have a license?

    • 12th May 2014
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  • Veronica Ellis

    Actor

    Oh, thanks Richard I didn't know that. It sound worthwhile if you want to get a license, depending on the cost of course. But people pay £10 a walk, so if you walk four or five dogs a day your doing pretty well.

    Of course I have no personal experience. I think it would be fun though.

    (OK I just googled it and I think, from my thirty second research, that it might only be needed if your walking multiple dogs at one time).

    Whoops, I better get on with my own job now

    ;-)

    • 12th May 2014
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  • Alexander Scrivens

    Actor

    hey

    I can sympathise with this.

    I've been self-employed since the Pharoahs issued parking tickets to Roman camel drivers, and it's a nuisance.

    here's what I think

    Really hard to work for others if you have to disappear for a day.

    therefore...find a way to make a living that relies on you alone and your endeavours.

    Market stalls.

    Ebay sales

    Antique dealing

    gardening for amenable regulars

    casual labour

    agency temping

    making and selling

    Car dealing. You might laugh but it works.

    General odd-jobbing...pays £25 an hour.

    Get the drift?

    I know an 18 year old making £2500 a month from youtube for his Minecraft views! Any good at anything you can create online?

    good luck!!

    • 12th May 2014
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  • Richard Dawes

    Actor

    How do you make money from Youtube??

    • 12th May 2014
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  • Alexander Scrivens

    Actor

    hey

    This guy has thousands of subscribers to his minecraft technical videos.

    So many, that Youtube get advertisers on his page, and now he gets paid per click.

    All adds up fast.

    If you can make something that people are desperate to watch, that's fun, engaging and watchable...it's worth a try.

    • 12th May 2014
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  • Mary Gerardine Hooton

    Actor

    How or where can I find out info on a dog walking licence?

    • 12th May 2014
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  • Julia Lacey

    Actor

    Try Gumtree for jobs as you get allsorts of variable work on there and something might suit. Good luck.

    • 12th May 2014
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  • User Deleted

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    I am in the same boat mate! Struggling to find something that I enjoy and that allows me flexibility.

    • 13th May 2014
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  • Nathan Cross

    Actor

    *sigh* :(

    • 14th May 2014
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  • Jack Cooper

    Actor

    Just be positive and get on with it.Your posts smack of negativity and if i am getting that so are yourpotential employers.Dont mean to sound harsh its just im an actor an employer and a dad from a generation where it wasa lot harder to get work than now so we just got off our arses and did it.You dont have to enjoy it its just to get your bills paid so you can do acting if that is what you love.Chin up,chest out crack on

    • 14th May 2014
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  • Nathan Cross

    Actor

    Just the kick I needed.

    Cheers for that!

    • 14th May 2014
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  • Jack Cooper

    Actor

    Good man!! All the best :)

    • 14th May 2014
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  • Emmy McMorrow

    Actor

    Errrm and I 'don't mean to be rude' jack but your post snacks of not being aware of the current economic situation. It's difficult for anyone to get a job now - let alone actors who require flexibility. Thousands of CVs for a part time job at pret? - jack , our 'generation rent' cannot even afford to get on the property ladder until way into our 50.

    Nathan - you are clearly a good hearted fella to have u taken such a sanctimonious, undeserved post so lightly. I've no doubt with such a nature you won't be out of job for too long. - (maybe part time in customer services dealing with daily mail reading baby boomer generation grumps complaining? ;)

    • 15th May 2014
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