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Craze Agency tips to help us help you

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When booked for a job, often the talent stress out because they do not hear from the client or Craze until the night before on the details of the job. This happens a lot because in many situations they do not know exact times until they finish the previous days shooting.

Trust us, if they contact us we will let you know ASAP! Please make sure to keep your phone close and check your email. Please be patient and understand it is not that they are not organized but that things don’t always go perfect because of so many variables they have to deal with.

This is just part of the business but if you are patient things usually work out.

Craze never wants there to be rescheduling or date conflicts but it is out of our hands when it comes to this area.

Do not call your Agent after each audition asking if you were hired or have received a call back. The Agent will immediately call or email you once we are notified if they want to book you.

Sometimes it can take a few days for the clients to book the talent sometimes many months so always keep your sides just in case. There are times when we are working on dozens of projects and waiting on hundreds of possible bookings.  If we let every person know when they did not receive a part all we would have time for is contacting our talent and we would never find new jobs or be able to book the jobs we are doing at that time.

Many National and some local Clients take more than 30 days time to pay you, even when your agent bills them with a 30 day voucher.

We hate it as bad as you do, (we all have bills to pay). Often they have 2-4 clients they bill to get you paid (art directors, photographers, ad agencies, casting directors or the actual client), so it can take sometimes 60-90 days or more.

We will do everything in our power to collect, but it has always been that way and it will probably never change with the big national companies. Clients are aware they get a lot of people work so if you or Craze harasses them too much the client will just use someone else or another agency.

We want to get you your hard earned money and our success rate is over 98 Percent!  Remember, we will email you the day the check clears so you can pick it up. Please don’t bug us because it does no good, we have a great billing system and stay on top of all our invoices.

If a client asks you what your rate is, say, “call my agent” or you can call Craze and let us know and we will negotiate it for you and get legal contracts for you. That is our profession and we will make sure to get documents signed if needed and get you the best rate possible for that type of project in our market. Usually clients that do not want to initially go through agents and deal directly with the model or actor will either never pay or low ball you or work in a very unprofessional manner.  If there budget is small we still know how to get the most money possible for you. Remember, you are responsible to let the agency know about these projects and pay your commissions. It does you or us no good letting us know after you have done the project!

Our goal is to help nurture, educate and establish you in our markets so that we both can have a fantastic long term relationship and continue to grow. Generally having a successful career in our business takes time, hard work and patience. We hope this helps you to understand the business a little better.

Thanks for your loyalty and hard work,

Craze Agency

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Models and Actors don’t play the blame game!

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As an actor or model you will be dealing with many types of hiring clients such as Photographers, Casting Directors, Art Directors, Talent Agents, Talent Managers, Film Directors, Producers, Ad Agencies, and Networks etc.

Many models and actors feel that one or all of the above is preventing their success?

Constantly the Actor, Model or Entertainer deal with a lot of unknown factors such as; why don’t things happen quicker in my career? Who is slowing down my career? Why didn’t I get the role when I performed excellently? Why am I not going out on more auditions?

In order to for you to get to where you want to go ask yourself these questions.

1-Do I need to update my pictures/resume/reel.

2-Perhaps I should go to a casting director workshop to get one-on-one time with that casting director.

3- Maybe I should ask my agency for directions on what to do next.  Have I recently auditioned for my agent?

4-Maybe I need to do something different about my technique and look at what various modeling and acting classes have to offer.

5- Maybe the old hairstyle or look I have is not working now.

6-Perhaps I should be marketing myself differently.

7-Maybe I need to realize that I do not look the same as I did at 18 as I do at now and apply for the age appropriate jobs.

8-Do I truly understand how the business works?

9-Am I staying involved and proactive or am I just sitting back and waiting for things to happen?

Instead of working on the things you can control many actors and models play the blame game.

Example: That Casting Director just doesn’t really like me or, that person is just racist/sexist/ageist and unwilling take a risk, or all the clients want are tall, skinny models etc.

It’s natural that we sometimes make false assumptions; it protects us when we feel weak and unable to change, whether because of financial conditions or lack of motivation.

Over the years it seems the really successful talent will take a hard look at themselves first and try not to play the blame game very often.

So have some courage and look at some of the things you can change!

Here’s how to be pro-active.

Reel- Commercials, Feature Films, Student Films, Independent Films, Webisodes, Runway shows. Get a get reel of your work made with a professional reel company. Get it reviewed by your agent and get it published.

Pictures-Have your agent advise you to keep the ones you have or to get more accurate updated or flattering pictures.

Resume-Keep it updated and give it to your agent.

Coaches— Do you need referrals to acting coaches? Ask your Talent Agent, Manager and friendly Casting Directors.  How often are you practicing? Your competition is probably daily.

Casting Director Workshops-You get one-on-one time with a casting director who can tell you straight whether you’re terrific or need work. You will learn their particular style that they prefer when casting talent.

Test Shoots-Build your portfolio with professional test shoots from reputable photographers. Have your agent assist you in putting together your portfolio.

For more advice call the Craze Agency 801-438-0067 or go to http://www.crazeagency.com

Craze Agency Casting calls

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Grand Junction and South Eastern Utah areas. Over the year we work with a few Stock and commercial photographers who shoot on location in these areas. They generally look for fashion and commercial models who live in the vicinity because they do not pay for travel. All ages, experience with photo posing. .

New Boise film many ages needed Sour Bamboo Pictures-A young girl witness to her family slaughtered at the hand of petty robbers in a bind. 12 years later she seeks revenge, her whole life based on this moment. But will we feel pity for those 3 young men that did this now that they have moved on and have families of there own?

Currently seeking talent for IMAGINE an independent short (30 min) film. Created by Jahanara Saleh, Jonathan Steven Green, Austin James Green.

…The intention in producing this film is for film festivals. Utah Staged Production Auditions- Spokane, Washington: White Christmas Spokane Civic Theatre. Singing and dancing roles:11 men (ages 18 – 50) 10 women (ages 18 – 35)1 woman (age 40 – 60)1 girl (age 9 – 12)Non-singing role:1 man (age 50 – 65)Additional:1 …girl (age 9-12)* 2 boys (age 9-12)*

Boise-Stock photo studio looking for- Girl 1-3 light complexion and hair, very expressive face. Girl 6-9 Ethnic and fairly thin body type. Medium to long hair. Boy 2-6 Ethnic, medium body type, can play sad. …Boy 9-13 Freckles or lighter complexion, looks like a trouble maker. Girl and Boy to play brother and sister 14-18 all ethnicities and sizes, real family members preferred but not required.

MAJOR OPPORTUNITY!!! Craze Models, Actors, Singers and Dancers ages 5-49! We are extremely proud to be bringing in National Talent Agent and Scout, Carol Henderson.Carol represents the Global Stars Network.They are an elite network of Agents, Managers, Casting Directors, Scouts, Models, Actors, Directors, and other industry professionals.

Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington and Colorado Stock Shoots 2010 Stock and Video firm seeking photogenic children and teens 1-17 years of age to be used to advertise there business. Pay is $50 per hour or $300 day rate.h

PROJECT: THE FOOD NANNY (SEASON 2/3) TYPE: WEEKLY SERIES …PRODUCTION CO: KALEIDOSCOPE PICTURES NETWORK: BYUtv UNION: NON-UNION PAY: $1,000 location fee (for filming at your home) Utah

Actors (Western Slope) and Grand Junction Area Colorado, Actors needed. Wicked Muse Cinema is looking for enthusiastic, reliable people, who have a passion for movies. Whether you have a desire to make entertainment a career or just a part time gig. Wicked Muse Cinema would like to hear from you. Please send an 8 x 10 photo and resume to:

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