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Get a great modeling and Acting Headshot or Zed Card

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Lots of Personality!! Give them fun or serious facial and body expressions. For modeling show off all your best poses and angles. Also show variety in poses, locations and clothing for modeling, this will make you appear to be more experienced. Many people may have a similar look to you- it’s your personality that makes you standout.

Don’t be typecast- Do not dress like a specific character or look, lawyer, nurse o police officer only a swimwear model etc… You want the viewer to be able to imagine you as many different characters from one or more pictures.

Clothing choices should be simple. Avoid patterns and prints in favor of solid colors. No white or very light pastels or large logos. Simple clothing helps the viewer see you. You are not selling the clothing with your headshots or zeds cards. Also to tight of clothes or loose and layered clothes do no photograph well.

Makeup. Yes, you want to look your best for your headshot, but that doesn’t mean layers of eyes shadow and unblended blush or too bright of lipstick. If possible hire a professional makeup artist. Keep in mind, you should pay close attention to what your makeup artist does so when you go to an audition or to meet an agent you can walk in the door looking as close to your photo as possible. Men, just make sure your skin is not shiny and your lips are not chapped.

Look like your headshot. This is not a time to be a beauty queen. You need to give casting directors and clients an accurate version of yourself. Look like your everyday self but just a little better. Sometimes your little flaws will actually get you cast! Keep your current look close to your photos, if not update your photos.

What kind of work you are trying to get? Do you want to do film, commercial or modeling work? They are all shot a little different normally

Don’t show a lot of skin! Females, this means no excess cleavage unless you are doing a modeling zed card, do a few swimwear of tasteful lingerie shots if you have an amazing body. Also remember to do some headshots and a variety of looks. Guys, keep your shirts on unless it is a modeling shot for your zed card. Casting directors want to see you, but not that much of you!

Face shot or ¾ shots. ¾ shots are useful to show a casting director your body type.         This can be good if you are looking to do commercial work modeling clothes. Be careful, though.

Your eyes really need to be the strongest part of your shot. Of course your smile is    important, too, but the eyes can make or break your picture. Your eyes give you the opportunity to show the layers in your personality. Rather than thinking about the viewer looking at your picture, think about you looking at the viewer.

In a ¾ shot, your eyes can get lost. A facial shot is the best way to show your eyes and your personality…

Try to be unique and show who you are in the photo. Clients often shuffle through dozens of cards and you need to stand out in a positive way.

Printing. Make sure your great photo is printed on quality card stock and is full of vibrancy and contrast

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An Actors preperation guide before auditioning

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These are some of the questions you should answer when you prepare to perform or audition an acting scene. Be creative and try to think out of the box. Casting Directors, producers and directors respect actors who are original and creative

If you do not know the answer below just use your best judgment but make a choice. There really is not a right or wrong but just your interpretation.

By using this list below it should help you to perform and understand the acting scene much better.

Casting directors stress that you need to make and be able to perform strong choices when auditioning.

When practicing your audition do it for a friend or family and see if they are able to answer these questions by witnessing your actual performance.

Always try to remember the audience only knows what you are thinking by your actual performance. They do not have a script in front of them.

Learn to connect with the audience by being able to let them feel and understand what you are thinking and conveying.

Make a worksheet every time you audition and fill in the following questions.

What is the physical description of my character?

What is the personality like of my character?

What are my emotions?

What is the personality of the other characters in the scene?

What is our relationship?

Where is the scene taking place? Describe the setting.

What is the time of day?

What type of Film, T.V. series or Commercial is this?

What is my character trying to accomplish?

What are the other characters trying to accomplish?

What details or nuances that make sense I can add to the scene?

What is the pace of the scene?

Where are the key shifts in the scene?

Do I completely know and understand the scene?

Now see if your performance conveys these details. With this method you begin will start to understand your character and provide a much richer and interesting audition. Now go get an audition and have a blast with it! If you have further questions call us at 801-438-0067, 208-433-9511 or go online to http://www.crazeagency.com

What to expect when you work 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:

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 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.

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.

o       Arrive 15 minutes before your actual call time. You will use this time to fill out paperwork and to get where you need to be.

o       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.

o       Do NOT approach the cast and crew with questions, for autographs, or for photos.

o       Do not touch any equipment.

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

o       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!!!!!!!!!!!!

Important Terms & Phrases

When on set, expect to hear the following:

1)      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.

2)      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.

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

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

5)      Action – the cast (those speaking) begins their acting.

6)      Cut – everybody stops acting and listens for instructions.

7)      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.

8)      Check the Gate – last stage before setting up a new shot.  Please stand by.

9)      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.

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.

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

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

GOOD COLORS Bad Colors

Light blue                                                                      Hot pink

Red                                                                              Lime green

Peach                                                                           Bright White

Navy                                                                             Orange

Pink                                                                              Brown

Black                                                                            Burgundy

Off-white/Ivory                                                              Gold

Pale yellow                                                                   Green

Tan                                                                               Fluorescents

Grey

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. Grey, 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 2-3 weeks to get paid but sometimes it takes longer!

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!

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Casting calls and Auditions for Models, Actors and Extras!

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National Baby and Child Model Search offers monthly prizes,
talent agent exposure and a chance to win a year of representation with Ford
Models.
Campus Event, Male or Female ages 18-30, BOISE AND SPOKANE
… Below are details for a poster installer needed for a National Campus
Campaign for Sprint.
Male or Female age 18-30 needed.

Poster Install
Date: Needs to be completed between November 8th &
12th
Pay Rate:
Poster Installer: $50 up to 100 posters

Arches National Park, Utah Seeking models for a commercial / print photo shoot / non union
Male / Female ages 20 – 45 All ethnicities
Description: You should be athletic (outdoorsy, not body builders),
good/interesting looking, energetic, have a lot of character, urban, hip,
fashionable.
…Surfers, mountain bikers, drivers, snowboarders is a plus but not a must.

Compensation: $300/per day Buyout

Casting Extras for, “The Letter Writer” Feature Film Produced and Directed by Christian Vuissa
for BYU TV
Low budget independent
Tentative shoot schedule: begin November 6, for 14 days
Filming in Utah County, Salt Lake County Pay TBD

Wyoming Holiday Mall Programs need Promo Models, Males and Females ages 18-40, Merrier
Shopping (Black Friday) means giving the shopper what they want and
when they want it.
On Black Friday,
that means offering retailer discounts, freebies, value added and a fun mall
…experience early in the morning! Paying

Casting for Returned Sister Missionaries for Photo Shoot, ages 22-25, Utah-LDS Casting is looking for recently returned Sister missionaries of all ethnicities, for a new brochure on dressing and grooming standards for sister missionaries. Modeling experience is a plus. Who: Women 22-25 years old, …all ethnicities, re…turned missionaries, sizes 0-16 They will choose 20 models paying

We have a client that is going to be in need of some Featured Talent for a
short marketing video for Novell. They are going to need a variety of Males and Females, ages from late 20’s
and up, any Ethnicity. This Wednesday, November 3- Friday, November 5
starting at 12:00pm and working into the evening in south Provo ea…ch day.

You can work all 3 days or any combo of days.
Pay is $90 per day!!

Boise-Auditions for Leaving Iowa December 12, 2 p.m. & December 13, at 7 p.m. in the
greenroom.
Needed- 3 Men, 3 Women, ages 25-50.
No preparation or appointment necessary.

Boise -Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
December 4th, 10:00am and December 7th at 7:30pm at

Craze Modeling and Talent Agency now interviewing for new faces in Idaho and Utah!

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Because of the influx of new opportunities, Craze Agency will be interviewing potential models, actors and extras of all ages for the next two weeks!

We are A rated members of the BBB! Established in 1999 and one of the top rated Agencies in the USA. Call 801-438-0067 Utah or 208-433-9511 Idaho.

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Craze Modeling and Talent Agency now interviewing for new faces!

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We will be meeting new faces in Boise Idaho this Friday and sat. call us at 208-433-9511

We are now looking at new faces in Utah Actors, Models and Extras all ages 2 and up! 801-438-0067