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  • Julie Hoult

    Actor

    We all know what is happening to London from July to end of August now I have been working in a corporate scenario in Canary Wharf that had told their staff to work from home and that was said last year now I am in Victoria another company telling their employees to stay away for the period of Olympics - please can someone divulge to me and my fellow actors - are we the sad ones to know - Equity - CCP you should be advising us a plan of action - regards Julie who gets very grrrf wants in a while

    • 21st Jun 2012
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  • Sue Parker-Nutley

    Actor

    Hi. The Olympic closing ceremony is on 12th August - so not ALL of August at all.

    • 18th Jun 2012
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  • Julie Hoult

    Actor

    Thanks for that I just thought there would be slightly more than a diary correction buy hey the fridge magnet has now been changed

    • 18th Jun 2012
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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    My plan is to stay out of London as much as possible during the Olympics as travelling around the outskirts by car and or travelling in by train will be a nightmare I suspect?!

    • 19th Jun 2012
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  • Julie Hoult

    Actor

    Forgot I wrote this last night over a glass of wine - can you tell?? My spelling mistakes are atrocious! Tutt tutt me and very unprofessional - But its true wherever I temp in whatever firm in London they all have a plan of action of looking after their staff arranging them to work from home over the period - I mean in London during the Olympics surely there's not going to be any auditions or filming work - I just think its going to being one hell of a dark time for us actors - yet again!

    • 19th Jun 2012
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    It's a good point, and if that's true and a lot of corporate companies are advising their staff to work from home, that probably means there will be a noticable lack of temp work too.

    That said, I will be at the Edinburgh Fringe thoroughly involved in that maddness!

    • 19th Jun 2012
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    I'm guessing that there will not be many London Castings during the Olympics......

    • 19th Jun 2012
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  • Dan Gregory

    Actor

    Could always cast in Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow and many other places.

    • 19th Jun 2012
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  • Sue Parker-Nutley

    Actor

    Or - takes a deep breath - cast from our CV, portfolio and showreels!!

    • 19th Jun 2012
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  • Dan Gregory

    Actor

    I have had three jobs in the last year cast online. More than a dozen London auditions in London. Three jobs resulted only one in London.

    When I was younger and more easy to cast it was ridiculous that I met up at least once a week with other actors on the way up to the smoke for programmes that were being recorded or filmed in Bristol where we lived at the time. Three of them were/are so well known you didn't even need to meet them to know whether or not they were right.

    • 19th Jun 2012
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  • Robin Miller

    Actor

    I agree with Sue - an awful lot of stuff could be cast just from looking at actors' profiles and showreels. But then that would make life easier for actors, so not likely to happen...

    • 20th Jun 2012
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    Ah yes the motorcyclist audition, all the way to London, to audition to be a motorcyclist in a commercial, who was seen from behind sitting on a stationary motorbike in full leathers and crash helmet for one second. I love auditions in London.

    • 20th Jun 2012
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    Of course the Camden Fringe runs from 30th July until 26th August so I'm hoping not everyone will stay at home. :)

    • 20th Jun 2012
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  • Forbes KB

    Actor

    As I'll be in full Official Driver mode for the Olympic Broadcast Services Organisation and based in the Olympic Village in Stratford, I'll have no choice but to be right in the thick of it! The good news is a) I'll be getting paid handsomely for it, I get a BMW to play with for 7 weeks and b) I'll be using the "zil" lanes! :-)

    If you can't beat them join them and all that!

    • 20th Jun 2012
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    I'd call that a RESULT!!

    • 20th Jun 2012
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  • Forbes KB

    Actor

    Yep! :-D

    • 20th Jun 2012
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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    I think we're going off piste with regards to the thread subject, but lets be honest....why would Casting Dir's want to cast off the reel. They certainly put great importance on showreels....but nobody will cast from a reel or a pic...no matter how small the role. At the end of the day they can get us in to see us live.....because they can....and if I were a casting director....so would I. If you don't wish to attend the casting for whatever reason....that's fine...just say no innit!! If I detect a cattle call....or I think it's a waste of space casting I just politely refuse to go.

    I do agree - and it's mostly commercial castings where this can happen..... to make a long journey just to have a digital snap taken...is very -very aggravating and ..well...wrong.

    However as I have said many times on here before....actors should be paid a minimum of a tenner to fifteen quid for attending a Commercial casting.....thsi would stop the cattle calls and the "just wanted to see what they look like" castings.

    There again if more actors get there portfolios up to date and stopped lying about there ages etc...and or had reliable honest agents.....then casting directors might not need to make such castings. I do see this from both sides of the casting table!

    As for the Olympics....nah....I'm taking three weeks off from castings unless they are humdinger roles...M25 and London itself I predict will be grid locked and I certainly do not trust the Transport links during that time.

    Meanwhile, on the sporting front....we have to get England Footie team through against those pesky Italians on Sunday!!!

    • 21st Jun 2012
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  • Dan Gregory

    Actor

    Quite a lot of Directors have started casting from on-line auditions (not showreels) I have had three jobs from the following. letitcast.com/en/castings

    None admittedly in more conservative UK

    • 21st Jun 2012
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  • Judy Clifton

    Actor

    Dan - how generous of you to include a link to another casting source. Really appreciated - thank you. I had no idea about that one...

    Best wishes and gratitude.

    • 21st Jun 2012
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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    Dan were your (cast from files) castings mainstream TV and Film work etc....and or were they paid gigs?

    Interesting casting site...I never heard of it!

    • 21st Jun 2012
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