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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

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:

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

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