Santa

  • Steffen Gash

    Actor

    I just noticed the posting for "Store Santa's.I know times are tough but really is that considered professional acting now.Im still laughing.Though the pay is quite good in fairness,"cough""mumble"just going to get my cv.:)

    • 8th Nov 2011
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    Would you only play Santa in a movie then? and is performing in a store worse than performing in a school? or doing street theatre? I think it's a little bit silly for someone so young and inexperienced to trash what is actually a very useful source of income.

    I was very glad of £120 a day to perform for 30 odd days in a row when I did it for a few years. It was lot of money and bought me my motorbike in just a few weeks.

    I love pantomime but having christmas at home and only working a few hours a day in a nearby city shopping centre (it's even one of those advertised! The Potteries Shopping Centre in Hanley) had many good points too and if I wasn't already booked for panto I'd be applying now.

    Not impressed by your comments! "No such thing as small parts only small actors" isn't that how it goes.

    • 11th Oct 2011
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  • Toni Brooks

    Actor

    I wish they'd do a mummy Christmas - I'd be up for it like a shot! Too old to be an elf or a fairy :-))

    • 11th Oct 2011
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  • Andrew Wright

    Actor

    My name has gone forward already .

    Ho Ho Ho

    • 11th Oct 2011
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  • Steffen Gash

    Actor

    @ Nigel

    I do apreciate that as a source of income it is useful,my post was to question whether it should be posted as a casting call as in my eyes it is as you said a source of income hardly professional acting.

    However Nigel Your comments on my age and experience were a tad unwarranted i feel.

    I am no work snob,I actually work in a bar full time in order to pay rent ect,And in my time i have taken some apalling roles,So would you care to retract your comments that were quite clearly insulting and without reason.

    P.S Posting in another thread i authored with what you considered a witicism may be construed as being a somewhat small and petty person.

    Regards

    Stephen

    • 11th Oct 2011
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    Then just ignore the castings that are beneath you in future. There are plenty of people on here who are prepared to take the work.

    • 11th Oct 2011
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  • David Vaughan Knight

    Actor

    I had audition for Santa two years ago and haven't heard anything since. I was wondering if anyone had any info on this casting. I'm still listed as under consideration. I've not completely lost hope, although I have cut my hair and shaved off the beard.

    • 11th Oct 2011
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  • Glen Hannah

    Actor

    i was a santa last year in a grotto and its not a bad job at all

    • 11th Oct 2011
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  • Steffen Gash

    Actor

    Nigel

    You still seem to have missed the point.I have no issue in taking the job the pay is good,my issue if you can call it that is that it should not be posted as a casting call,as it apears to be a normal kind of job.Perhaps it should be placed on a temp website instead.

    Perhaps you should practice reading items twice before making such comments.

    • 11th Oct 2011
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  • Glen Hannah

    Actor

    i dont think you can be normal when your gonna be the man everyone loves at christmas. you still have to maintain a character for the job

    • 11th Oct 2011
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  • Forbes KB

    Actor

    Instore santa work is an opportunity to pay your bills while honing your characterisation and improvisational skills. It's no less of a credit than corporate/medical roleplay work, student films or dare I say it, fringe theatre!

    My flatmate does this kind of work every year in Selfridges and the £3,000 a month he gets (after deductions) comes in very handy indeed! Hell, I've even done it myself but only lasted 3 days as it simply wasn't my thing! Anyone reading this who actually knows me will understand why! "Cough" "snigger" :-/

    I would you suggest you wander into Westfield this Xmas, see what they have their instore Santa doing and then ask yourself again if it isn't a valid credit!

    As tough as times are these days the vast majority of actors, since the dawn of time, have always had to live off their wits to make ends meet and to pay their bills. Now more than ever we should be thankful for any and all opportunities to earn decent money while waiting patiently for Hollywood to call! :-o

    • 12th Oct 2011
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    I'm at a loss for how you can take offence at being called young and inexperienced.

    You are listed as 25? so I wish I was 25 again! and of your ten credits 6 of them are student films, two of them are college productions and of the remaining two one of them is a twenty minute unbroadcasted feature film? Now yes we all have to start somewhere, and student films give us a showreel, and college/drama school productions are valid credits and so on and so forth but what's wrong with being called inexperienced if we actually are? I'm middle aged and not at all good looking, it's not nice to have to admit it, but it's a fact.

    I stand by saying it's silly to turn down £3000 pounds, come on isn't it? does bar work pay that much? and that there is more "acting" involved in playing Santa than turning up on a commercial say where you just (tries to think of a situation that won't annoy someone else) lie fast asleep in a "comfytone bed" (and please anybody I'm sure getting that contented smile just right is acting! but Santa does actually talk, endlessly, for thirty days). So nothing against that (hopefully imaginary) commercial situation and if it turns up in the jobs section I'm up for it!

    At no point have I resorted to personal insults about being a "small and petty person" and if you took offence at the naughty and nice jokey line complete with smiley face, well it was clearly meant as joke. The reason I replied to your post in the first place was to help and point out that this is show business and the word "business" is involved there. Yes it would be lovely to just take the lead in Major Motion pictures or RSC productions but for the majority of us just hanging in there and keeping working is still quite an achievement, so people criticising valid sources of well paid work is certainly far more unhelpful than anything I've said.

    So in short Santa is just as famous a character as Hamlet, he deserves to be played properly if people are going to pay to go and see him and getting "Sid from the warehouse" to play him doesn't help the kids the parents or the acting profession.

    • 12th Oct 2011
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  • Steffen Gash

    Actor

    Nigel

    Tell me(as this is how im interpreting your statements)given my relative paid professional experience you seem to believe i should have no right to question wether or not playing santa(though in a sense acting,and heaven knows well paid)is an actual acting gig.You see the issue i take is that in response to my original post you attacked not only the view,but also me I.e There is no small parts only small actors.

    Yet you then preceded to attack my small parts(that sounds a little wierd :) ).

    In closing, i would suggest you open your mind to others views and debate them without the personal attacks.

    regards

    Stephen

    • 12th Oct 2011
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  • John Eastman

    Actor

    Anyone read David Sedaris' 'Santaland Diaries', based on his real life experience of playing 'Crumpet the Elf' at Macy's New York? Hilarious. And thats what put him on the map! I do hope the posts continue along a more harmonic thread..afterall, we are dealing with Chrsitmas here! Goodwill to all, and all that...

    • 12th Oct 2011
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Now now children...settle down or Santa won't bring you anything for Christmas!

    I did a stint in the Victoria Shopping Centre in Harrogate quite a few years ago. The nylon beard set my nose running so badly it was a soaking mess by the end of a day. But it was fantastic fun being able to see the wonder and 'fear' on the children's faces. They are extremely vulnerable and give an actor some terrific physical movements to copy in future acting work!

    I have to say though that in this country the kids are on the whole good, but can be awful BRATS. Swearing is not unusual from not only parents but also their 4 to 5 year olds too.

    In one instance a 16 year old very beautiful school girl in pleated school miniskirt, hair and make up in perfect condition asked me what she would get if she sat on my knee. I said nothing...but the 'Elf' collapsed into laughter and was useless for the rest of the day.

    I will be going out to Dubai for the fifth year in a row to play Santa for a major hotel chain there. Paid extremely well, in 5 star luxury and treated like a king is my idea of getting away from the freezing cold in this country.

    So be good....for goodness sake!

    • 12th Oct 2011
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    There are no small parts etc

    I didn't say that, Stanislavsky said that.

    • 12th Oct 2011
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    I kept this. I wonder if Sid from the warehouse could have done better?

    Dear Sir,

    After visiting your "Santa's Grotto" today with my five year old son Christopher, I felt compelled to write to you.

    Your Santa is by far the most warm, authentic and magical one I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

    It was not only my son who was enthralled, but myself also.

    Please pass on MY sincere good wishes to someone who has sincerely put the wonder and magic back into Christmas.

    • 12th Oct 2011
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  • Glen Hannah

    Actor

    im doing a musical and im also doing a tour in wales but in november im happy to do the odd day as santa its such a great a rewarding job

    last year one little boy asked for his mom and dad to get back togetherso that they could have a family christmas you do make a impact on a child's life when they come into the grotto

    • 12th Oct 2011
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  • Alan Wales

    Actor

    Well said Mr Brent. A few years ago, I played Santa at The Pallasades shopping centre in Birmingham and I asked one child "what do you want for Christmas?" He answered "I want me dad to find a job." I had tears in my eyes. You sometimes hear the most extraordinary things.

    • 12th Oct 2011
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    And it takes a lot of acting not to break down in tears in front of parents who tell you that they would like to have a photograph taken with Santa because their baby is so poorly they won't see another xmas.

    Being pulled through a city centre on a sled pulled by real live reindeer, that was pretty awesome. (people still complain that the sled wasn't very big... hey they are reindeer not tractors!)

    and we can always tell the difference between the elves who are actors and the elves who are promotional staff or shop assistants and just hate having to wear the costumes.

    • 12th Oct 2011
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