The Casting Hothouse, Equity’s unique intensive audition/casting workshop to maximise skills and employment outcomes in the local and international market, is returning in September 2017.
The New Zealand Casting Hothouse will take place in Auckland over three days from Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday September 28th, 2017.
The Hothouse is a major initiative by Equity to give members an opportunity to develop the skills and confidence to tackle the US, Australian and New Zealand casting experience head on. It is NOT designed to assist New Zealand actors to leave New Zealand permanently. Rather it is an opportunity to equip New Zealand actors with the tools to work overseas as well as home and to show overseas companies that New Zealand has a professional talent pool. It will assist these performers to maintain a long lasting career.
READ THE DETAILS BELOW AND THEN APPLY HERE. APPLICATIONS CLOSE AUGUST 1.
HOW IT WILL WORK
Two US casting directors, an Australian and a New Zealand casting director will host the New Zealand workshops.
Performers will be allocated into four groups and the casting directors will issue scripts, film mock auditions, look at reading techniques, provide feedback and give the participants the skills to handle the pressure and get them through the whole experience unscarred. All performers will work with all the casting directors.
The intensity and length of the classes will ensure that the training and skills development is hard wired into them and their audition and casting skills become instinctive.
The New Zealand Casting Hothouse will commence on Tuesday September 26th with a US accent workshop and an In Conversation with the Casting Directors in the evening. Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th of September will commence at 10am and finish at 5.30pm with drinks each night.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
There are only 50 places are available. It will be open to financial Equity members of Equity but non members will need to pay a fee of $600 to attend. An independent panel of industry experts will choose the successful applicants.
Performers who have already taken part in two previous Casting Hothouse’s are not able to apply.
This is a big investment from Equity with major support from The New Zealand Film Commission and Showcast so only participants who are able to fully commit to the three days should apply. The agenda of the three days has been carefully designed to ensure members get maximum exposure to all opportunities so attending for only part of the time is not possible.
APPLICATION BIO AND RECENT PHOTO
Please note IMPORTANT: Submit your cv and photo as one pdf document.
If you are a member of Showcast please upload your Showcast cv and photo as one pdf document.
If you are not a member of Showcast please upload a cv including headshot in one complete document – in pdf format-maximum two pages only please. The file size should be no bigger than 2 mega bites. You can join Showcast here.
If you have any issues with your application after following these instuctions carefully please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Casting Hothouse is free of charge to financial members of Actors Equity but non members will charged an administration fee of $NZ600. The Equity Foundation runs a national program of events which are free of charge for financial Equity members. The response to our events is always overwhelming. The Casting Hothouse is part of Equity’s commitment to ensuring performers get every opportunity to excel.
You must be a financial member of Actors Equity to attend this workshop free of charge. Non members will be charged an administration fee of $NZ600. If your membership is in arrears please contact our membership centre on 1300 65 65 13. If you select to make your payment method direct debit we will waive your outstanding fees!
NOT AN EQUITY MEMBER?
If you would like to join Equity please contact MEAA Member Central on 1300 65 65 13. If you join Equity to take advantage of this opportunity you will be required to stay a financial member for a minimum 2 year period.
The Equity Foundation recognises the diversity of the New Zealand performer community and seeks to encourage a more realistic representation of Australian society on our stages and screens. To this end the Equity Foundation strongly encourages applications from performers of varied experiences, ages, perspectives, and circumstances including performers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and performers with disabilities.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is it open to non-members?
It is but non members will be charged a fee of $NZ600.
Is it open to actors outside of Auckland?
Yes – this is a national initiative so members from all over New Zealand are encouraged to submit an application. Unfortunately Equity is not in a financial position to cover the costs of flights or accommodation for performers who are attending the workshop from outside of Auckland.
Is there a minimum age for applicants?
Yes. You must be 18 years or over to attend the Casting Hothouse.
What is the selection process?
An independent panel of judges will choose the successful applicants.
Can I apply if I have been before?
Please note performers who have already attended the Hothouse twice before are not eligible to apply.
Does it cost anything?
Attendance is free of charge for financial members of Actors Equity but non members will be charged a fee of $NZ600
Do I need to prepare anything?
You will be using a US accent in at least two of the workshops. Also – you will be sent scenes in the weeks in advance to learn and prepare. You will also be given the opportunity to refresh your US accent at the three hour afternoon class the day prior to the workshops. Please note you may also need your Australian accent for some scenes.
Will I be filmed?
Yes you will be filmed in at least two of the workshops and the casting director will keep these for their reference. Unfortunately we aren’t in a position to offer anyone copies of their filmed scenes.
Do I have to stay for the whole Hothouse?
Yes you do. This is a big investment from Equity with major support from the New Zealand Film Commission and Showcast so only participants who are able to fully commit should apply. The agenda has been carefully designed to ensure the attendees get maximum exposure to all opportunities so attending for only part of the time is not possible.
Will lunch and afternoon tea be provided?
Lunch will not be provided but fruit and juice will be available. There will be networking opportunities at the drinks following the workshops.
Please note IMPORTANT: There is no fee for this workshop but applicants need to be able to commit to the full three days. Our limited resources are being directed into ensuring you have the best possible professional program. This means that we are unable to assist with travel or accommodation costs so all delegates will need to find their own way to Auckland and organise their own accommodation. Venue restrictions also prevent us providing lunch so delegates will need to be able to provide their own. There will be networking opportunities at the drinks.