We’ve all heard the term “struggling actor”. Well, it’s more common than not. The life of an actor has its ups and downs, but it’s part of the journey. There are no guarantees about job security or financial stability in the industry. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to support your self while you pursue your dream. Freelance work in trade shows and events provide the perfect opportunity to supplement your income and promote yourself as an actor. You can utilize all of your professional skills and training for good!
The Right Skills
Many companies and tradeshow exhibitors are looking for people with previous acting experience to fill jobs such as: Presenters, Hosts, Emcees, Spokesmodels, and Narrators. They are often looking for people that can memorize lines and are ear prompter and teleprompter proficient.
You are typically representing a brand and interacting with people on a daily basis so need to be well spoken, have an outgoing personality, good looks, and a great memory. You will have to learn a lot of product knowledge and be able to recite the message back to customers throughout the day. Great practice for when Spielberg comes knocking on your door!
There are many perks to doing this kind of work including:
- Networking Opportunities
- Practice Performing
- Attending High Profile Events
- The Ability to Supplement Your Income While Building Your Career
Trade shows and events vary throughout the week and weekends. Most are short term 3 -5days, but some are longer. You can choose which events work with your schedule and fit them in when you are not working other gigs. If something comes up at the last minute, they normally always have someone to replace you if need be. This provides a great deal of freedom when your big break comes along.
Be Your Own Boss
As an independent contractor you call the shots! You book each job independently and negotiate contracts, hours & rates. Each event you take on will be different and a great opportunity to network and build your personal brand.
You can find this kind of work through an agency, referral or on-line. You can even negotiate your own rates. The hours are flexible and you can work as little or as much as you want. With the right tools and resources you can get started in no time.
At Tradeshow Casting it is their passion to help freelance performers find work in the trade show and event industry on-line. Visit tradeshowcasting.com and build a profile to get started in trade shows and events.