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What hiring clients look for in Actors and models

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With 25 years experience and as President of the Craze Modeling and Talent Agency booking 1000’s of models and actors, here are some of the most important tips that hiring client’s look for when booking talent for paid speaking roles or modeling assignments!

1- Polish- The talent must be polished and confident enough to do the job with little or no direction if needed.

2- Experience-Does your portfolio or resume show you have worked and trained successfully in the past?

3- First impression-Often they have to make a hiring decision within 30-60 seconds. If they cast you and they have not worked with you before they are taking an educated risk. A good impression is made by being early, prepared, looking like a professional and having amazing charisma!

4-Can you think quick on your feet? Sign of an experienced professional. Can you make the adjustments they ask for?

5-Are you worth the money they are paying? If the client is going to pay a rate of $400-$1500 a day, you must show them you are worth it. They have to account for every dollar spent.

6-Originality-When auditioning many models or actors it becomes hard to differentiate between each talent. You need to make a creative statement and lasting impression within the context of the project.

7-Be prepared to be uncomfortable. It is natural not to feel natural. (That is why it is important to constantly be practicing and training).

8-When you first get into the acting business, go to every audition that you fit the profile on regardless if it is a lower or non-paying project. This business is all about networking and exposure.

9-Ability takes time. Be patient with yourself and your agent.

10-You can spot an experienced Model or Actor a mile away. You cannot fake it!

11-Keep your sides after every acting audition, sometimes it can take weeks for the callbacks to occur.

12-Keep a journal and detailed notes on all of the auditions you attend. Track what happened, how you did, things that worked and things you need work on. Note how you adjusted to each audition, who you met with, etc.

13-When you book a job, always make a note on what the project was, what part you played and who the production company, casting director or client was. Update your resume and make copies for your agent and yourself. That may land you your next job.

14-Pay you agents commission ASAP, they really do notice who pays quickly and will send you out more often. After all it is a business.

15-Never get discouraged. That is why most Actors and Models fail!

Circle yourself with positive people who are also in the industry or support you in your passion.

16-Always aim to become the best  Actor or Model in the entire world.

It takes that kind of mental approach and dedication to achieve results in this competitive

Always remember these tips and your chance of obtaining success will dramatically increase. The Craze Agency is here to help! If you would like more Information about us call 801-438-0067 or go to www.crazeagency.com

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What people are saying about Craze Modeling and Talent Agency

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We have had a tremendous response from the Craze Agency and will use a number of your referrals! Daniel, MS Programs

Troy, Thanks again for your help last week. The event was extremely effective and I greatly appreciate your professionalism and thoroughness through the process. Troy Hitch, Big Fat Creative Director-

After only being with Craze Agency for nine months I landed a recurring role on the TV series Everwood and worked on it for 3 years! Whitney- Brittany Clark on Everwood-

We have made our decisions for pilot episode. We loved so may of the Craze kids. We would love to work with you again! Studio 1 Pictures

How exciting! Thanks for booking Dane Garner for our Entertainment Weekly event. Tina, E. A. Weekly

Thanks for all the jobs this summer!!! Here is the High School Musical Reality series Commission checks. Your the best! Karen Carver

I want to thank Troy, Rosie and Mike for all the work. After signing with you, I am very pleased! I have booked Four projects already. Donny Crump

Thanks again for the great turn out at our audition. It is for reasons like last night that I will continue to use the Craze Agency. Kimmy Howington

Hello Troy! Thank you so much for all your help. We are very excited about coming to Salt Lake! Kemper Jackson, E Entertainment

Finished shooting with Keith and were very pleased with his performance and professionalism. Thank you very much. Joseph Reidhead

Thanks for all the help with Utah Valley Film Society. Todd

Thanks for everything. We are going to use Jacqueline and Haley. Tyler Gourley, Fashion Photography

Thanks for sending your people on such short notice. We will invite you to participate in future castings. Thanks Susan Metropolis

Thank you for your assistance in locating talent for our upcoming film project, I would like to cast 3 Craze Actors Thank you, Rodney Ewing and Clayton Erekson

Received a main role in the feature film Start With Nothing, by Three Straw Films. 10 full days of filming and I am excited. John Valdez

I want to thank you for helping make our Santa workshop a success. It was a great event. Tracie, Historic Main Street Business Alliance-

Hi Troy, Thank you for the help and guidance. I had a great time! Samantha Kerfoot

We love working with you guys. We will for sure be in touch for our future shoots. Best, Eddie- Rubberball

We would like to book Madison Barnard for the role of Lizzie for the film Fifty Cents. (She was so well prepared, a great actress and just a delight) Rebecca, Savannah and Zach did a really awesome job also. All were well prepared and good actors. We wished we could cast all of them.Thanks, Sally M, Fifty Cents

Rene is super! She did a good job and we hope to use her more in the future. Regards, Grant-Mindwise

We love to work with your talent, as we have in the past. Thanks for your interest. Professor Arnie Ytreeide, Chair Dept. of Communication Studies, Northwest Nazarene University

Thank you so much for the wonderful turnout to our auditions a few weeks ago. It was exciting to visit with each of your clients. Diane Mayne, Generations

Thanks for your help with our commercial. It was a good shoot. Best, Tyler -Ford Films Inc.

Thank you so much! We will get a date to you and go from there.. lots of great faces by the way! Bender Photo

I just wanted to thank you and Craze for sending people our way. Many of the people I’ve been in contact with have come through Craze, and I just want you to know that we appreciate the help in getting the word out. Benjamin Hunt- Associate Producer My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

Both Linda and Nadine were great! The shots were candids and were great because she is very animated, and Linda did a great job engaging Nadine. Thanks as always! Nick Rupp

Just wanted to let you know that I got a part in the film that Clint Jackson is putting together and I am also helping with make-up and costumes. Yeah!!! Yvette Hunt

Troy, I met with the director tonight, it looks like a high quality project. I certainly appreciate your support and insights. Alan Meyer

Craze just booked me on a big Attorney’s commercial! I had a great time working on the Pilot for showtime. What a great way to get experience and learn from others. Thanks Craze! Jami Granger

Thanks many millions for your help on this and all of our numerous projects! Samantha-Encore

I’m happy to say your check is going out today. You were wonderful to work with & my clients really enjoyed working with your models. Thanks again, Crystal- Brand Models

Heya Michael! Thank you so much! We\\\\\\\’ll get a date to you and go from there..lots of great faces by the way! Bender Photo

Thanks for your help with our commercial. It was a good shoot. Best, Tyler-Ford Films

Thank you so much for the wonderful turnout to our auditions a few weeks ago. It was exciting to visit with each of your clients. Diane-The Generations Project

Hi Troy, Thanks for everything you did for me to allow me to meet with the Natioanal Agencies. I really appreciate it. I received 5 callbacks! I am ready for New York! Talk to your soon, Barry Cobretti

Craze Agency has given me the materials, information, and opportunities that no other agency can offer. They have all the qualities of a big corporate talent agency but yet stay personal with the talent. Mark Martinez

Spokane, Washington Models and Actors Needed!

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Craze Agency has new projects in the Spokane, Washington Region. We will be interviewing models, actors and extras. Novemember 11th and 12th 2009. We are not a school. Earn $14- $175 per hour. Call 208-433-9511 or got to http://www.crazeagency.com   We are A rated members of the BBB!

Hints for working on a movie set

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Hints for Working on a Movie Set

Work on a movie set often means “hurry-up and wait” You’re going to be asked to wait for long periods of time in between your scenes. If you don’t know what’s expected of you during these waits, you might accidentally make a serious mistake and be asked to leave. To keep you alive and well on the set, here are some of the directions you, as Background Artists, are required to follow:

1. BRING ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR I-9 information to the set. This includes your driver’s license and social security card, or, birth certificate, or passport. You will not get paid, or be asked to leave if you don’t have these. Print legibly. If your paperwork cannot be read, this will slow down the process for you to get paid.
2. BE PREPARED. Be prepared to stay all day (about 12 hours). Once you’ve been established in a shot, you must be there in case you’re needed again. If you choose to leave, you will not be paid or rehired. Sometimes the production will end quickly and they will let you go but you must let them give you the OK.

• Arrive 15 minutes before you actual call time. You will use this time to fill out paperwork and to get where you need to be.
• Be very quiet on the set and in the holding areas. Everyone needs to hear all of the directions at all times. You surely don’t want to miss a cue.
• Do NOT approach the cast and crew with questions, for autographs or for photos.
• Do not touch any equipment

• Leave your valuables at home. Do not leave valuables in your car. They are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

• Be patient and pay attention.

• Put your cell phones on silent or vibrate, and do not answer it while they are shooting.

• If you make a commitment you must show up!

3. IMPORTANT TERMS AND PHRASES

When on set, expect to hear the following:

Rehearsal –practicing the shot. Sometimes this will be with just the cast or just the camera. Often it will include background. The AD (assistant director) department will be very clear as to who is participating in the rehearsal so that everyone is aware.
Picture Is Up—this means we will be shooting the next time (rolling film). Everyone that has been directed to work in the shot will participate.

Rolling – the camera and sound begin to record. Please stand by.

Background Action – this is where all of the background act and do what they have been directed to do.

Action—the cast (those speaking) begins their acting.

Cut—everybody stops acting and listens for instructions.

Reset or Going Again—We will do the same shot again. Please return to where you started on the previous take. Please do the same exact thing as the previous take unless directed to change it.

Check the Gate—last stage before setting up a new shot. Please stand by.

Moving On or New Deal—A new shot will be set. Please listen for instructions, as this may be an appropriate tie to use the restrooms or get food and water.

4. WARDROBE Please bring at least one outfit that would comply with the descriptions below but not to exceed 3 outfits. If you don’t have anything vintage, then clothing of the appropriate type and color (described below) are also acceptable.

GOOD COLORS BAD COLORS
Light Blue Hot Pink
Red or Green Lime
Peach or White Bright
Navy Orange
Pink Brown
Black Burgundy
Off-White/Ivory Gold
Tan or Grey

****This may be obvious to many of you, but please wear proper undergarments in case you are asked to change clothes.

HAIR DO NOT SHAVE YOUR SIDEBURNS OR CUT YOUR HAIR BEFORE THE END OF THE SHOOT.

SHOES
As non-descript as possible. PLEASE avoid ultra-modern, huge, high-tech tennis shoes. If period appropriate shoes are not available, dark shoes in general are quite helpful. Sandals and platform shoes are also useful.

PANTS
Again, as non-descript as possible. Gray black, tan, and pastel trousers are acceptable. Wide leg is acceptable for women, as well as some flare. No bell-bottoms. NO SHORTS.

SHIRTS/TOPS Shirts and blouses in the preferred colors are appropriate. Oversized T-shirts are not appropriate.

COLD WEATHER: Some scenes may be outside, bring appropriate clothes to keep warm when not shooting

NO

• NO Big logos (i.e. Nike, Coke, Gap, Rocca, Enyce, etc.)
• NO Acid washed denim
• NO High contrast patterns/plaids
• NO Super baggy hip hop clothes
• NO Shorts

Please keep dates and production information in case you need it to track payment issues or for your resume. Do not gossip or speak badly about the production, other talent, agencies etc., clients want positive professional people. Remember every production is different be ready for different methods in everything they do. Also generally it takes 2-4 weeks to get paid but sometimes it takes longer with national clients. These tips are generalities and will help greatly, but remember every client will have various things they may expect, so be sharp and ready.

Have a great adventure!

http://www.Crazeagency.com

Important Modeling and Acting Tips!

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Talent tips
1- When you are booked for any job write down the director, producer, casting director, TV Network etc.. You need this info. for your resume.  Also remember the part you played. ( If it was extra work you must put that in a separate Extra category not acting). Always update your resume the day you do the project . You would not believe the amount of work people lose out on because their resumes are not updated.

2- To insure payment when you are booked on a job please remember to bring appropriate ID and fill out all forms legibly and correctly. Also keep track of the dates you work and what job it was just in case.

3- Keep your look close to the photos we use to promote you, or  you must update the photos. Clients really get upset when you do not match your photo or if we send you out to meet them and you have gained or lost weight, have longer hair or a different color we could lose that client permanently.

.4- Never say a negative word on set. Even among fellow actors or models. Even about other agencies. It never helps you or us in the long run! Let’s take the high road even though many people and agencies don’t.
5- A  successful Modeling and Acting career is  like any other career it takes time, persistence, dedication, knowledge, skill and patience!
6- Many National Clients take their sweet time to pay you. Even when we bill them with a 30 day voucher. We hate it as bad as you do(we all have bills to pay). We will do everything in our power to collect but it has always been that way and will probably never change with the big national companies. They know they get allot of people work so if you harass them too much they will just use someone else.
7- Do not accept an audition unless you are 100% sure you can make it and be on time. Usually we are limited in the time slots we have and we do not have time to replace you. We also give the casting director a list the night before and they will too be busy the next day of the audition for us to schedule someone else with them. They  just figure you are unreliable.
8- No matter how you feel inside you have to portray self confidence when you are interviewed. Clients never hire people who let them know they are new at this or who are not a polished finished product.
9- Don’t show it or be shocked if the audition is not what you visualized. A pro expects it to always be different and is ready to make quick on the spot adjustments. They almost want it to be tough because they know the amateur will let it effect them. Half of success in this business is being very adaptable on the fly. That is why  it takes raining and experience for many of the jobs.
10- Always just have fun with this business. Clients love to be around smiling , funny, happy people. Many actors, models get too serious when they audition because they feel the pressure.
11- If a client ask  you what your rate is say call my agent  or let us know.  That is our job and we will make sure to get documents signed if needed  and get you the best rate possible for that type of project. Usually clients that do not want to initially go through agents will either never pay or low ball you or work in an unprofessional manner. Plus you are responsible to let the agency know about  these projects.
12- If you need an agent research the Better Business Bureau, call your local Film Commission and ask casting directors who they use. If you live in Utah, Idaho or Wyoming contact the Craze Agency 801-438-0067, http://www.crazeagency.com