What do you do?

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm really interested to know what jobs you all do in between acting work? I'm trained as a massage therapist and I work with actors at the moment, but I'm also really interested in doing a professional make up artist course too. I don't want any of this to dilute the fact that acting is my number one vocation, my passion.

    I'd love to hear from anyone willing to share their experiences with me.

    Thank you!

    Lily x

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  • Dolidh Young

    Actor

    I'm a web designer/php coder for a company called Kenkai. I enjoy my day job, and I know I'm good at it. They let me away no problem if they know it's paid acting work. :)

    We've started offering online infomercials, so I'm going to get a bit more acting work through the company... If I'm not in it, I'm producing on them, so it's really exciting.

    • 16th Oct 2007
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  • Corinne Willson

    Actor

    Hi Lily!

    I've just started working as a consultant for The Body Shop at Home. It's taken me ages to find a part-time, flexible job that I enjoy and can earn a decent sum on. I basically go to people's houses, give them a little demonstration of the products, let them try some, then they place their orders.

    It's good because the parties are in the evening and it means I have the daytimes free to go to auditions and classes. Anyone can Pm me if they want to know bit more about how to become one!

    Corinne x

    • 19th Oct 2007
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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    i always thought that being an Avon rep would be pretty flexible, its only really putting the orders in that has a deadline. you can collect and deliver any time in the month

    and you get a discount! they do some great gifts near christmas!

    • 19th Oct 2007
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    Well I was meant to start with a compnay that basically if selected, you are trained up in Indian head/Neck massage, travelling to offices in London and giving 15 min mssages (nothing dodgy, fully lothed while they sit at desks!) and get paid good money for it. I am ofkski soon working in Panto so I couldnt start, but will be next year! Easy money, learn a skill get paid for it and all you need to to is chat to them while they sit there... :D

    • 20th Oct 2007
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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    when i was working in wythenshawe at a studio recently, there was a notice up in the canteen about someone who comes round to ffices and offers massages. its a good idea! so people dont need the time off work for it!

    • 20th Oct 2007
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    that's a fantastic idea, i'm going to approach local offices on Monday!!

    thank you very much!

    x

    • 20th Oct 2007
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  • Nadia Ostacchini

    Actor

    Yes, trendy advertising companies would go for that. My friend worked for an advertising co on Soho Square & I remember her telling me that this service was offered to them.

    Try round there - loads of production companies too - keep your acting cv in your bag in case "another" opportunity strikes! ;-)

    • 20th Oct 2007
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  • Jonas Daniel Alexander

    Actor

    i do a lot of temp work - am currently working in a library and really enjoying it :-)

    xx

    • 22nd Oct 2007
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    well the company that I (will hopefully) be working for is called Urban chill. So if you are interested in doing that(and they are flexible with working times) is calld Urban Chill so google them and join in earn pennies and havea giggle. But dont be taking my place or I will be most upset ha ha

    Amy x

    • 22nd Oct 2007
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    I work as a tourguide in London. i have to say, tour guiding is an excellent job. 99%of London tour guides are actors and stand up comedians. you dont need any history qualification, they actively seek performers cos at the end of the day you have to entertain people for an hour. I am self-employed, and get £20 per tour, plus tips (usually about £30 a day) the work is really flexible, you can do as many or as few trips/days you like. you do have to research and create your own tour, but i did mine just by spending 2 days on other peoples tours, making notes, then adding my own jokes. its one week of tedium for months of well paying easy work. so long as you can be charming and funny, you've got what it takes! and of course once you've worked for one company, any of the other comapnies will also be glad to poach you, brilliant!

    i wittered on for quite a while there, sorry. i just think its a great day job for actors!

    • 22nd Oct 2007
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  • Richard Woolnough

    Actor

    Hi all!

    OK Beat this. I conduct secular (non-religious) funerals. I got into it via a mate who is an undertaker and, believe it or not, I really enjoy it. I have been doing it for about three years and it fits into the acting lark really well. It is flexible in that you can say yes or no as you wish, I get huge satisfaction out of it and it is fairly well paid! What more could you ask.

    Richard W

    XXX

    • 22nd Oct 2007
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    ok i doubt anybody can beat Richards job, i do, here it goes, have my catering business, theatre company, im a nanny (2 days a week), i temp at childrens nurseries - um i think thats it for the time being!

    xx

    • 22nd Oct 2007
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  • Kevin Patrick Buxton

    Actor

    Hi chums great to see that we all manage to find at least some work to tie us over. Me, I have a part time job at stansted airport in security, only 20 hors per week, really flexible, you can make the 20 in many ways i.e just week ends or nights or early morns. Plenty of time off, all the training you need. Free parking should you and yours need to fly, and fast check in and boarding. They are looking for people at all London airports all the way till the new year. You get to meet some fantastic people, and look through thier stuff (lol)

    • 22nd Oct 2007
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  • Alan Wales

    Actor

    I work as an artist's model. It's quite well-paid and a great way to learn lines. It also teaches you the value of stillness on stage.

    Oh dear. Now you're all imagining me starkers!

    Sorry folks!

    • 22nd Oct 2007
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  • User Deleted

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    Well I'm working in a call centre at the moment... Not very exciting compared to other people's day jobs! I like the sound of the airport security job. What's the renumeration on that? I wonder if London City Airport are hiring... That would be the same commuting time as my current job!

    • 22nd Oct 2007
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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    I chew nuts for gummy parrots

    • 22nd Oct 2007
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    Obviously when I said that I work in a call centre I meant that I'm a gentleman of leisure and spend most of my time on my yacht, which is moored at St Tropez, watching the sun go down and sipping martinis.

    Or that may be a brain-numbing work induced hallucination.

    Who knows?

    • 22nd Oct 2007
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  • Mark Murphy

    Actor

    Having come to acting later in life, I Still work in my full time job as a police officer (nearly twenty years now)which has given me a load of experiences and characters to draw upon but it can be difficult to get time off for auditions/jobs etc. Hey, maybe I should audition for 'The Bill', What do you think......?

    • 30th Oct 2007
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Hey, Richard...See you sooner or later, eh?

    • 30th Oct 2007
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