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28
Dec

BREAKTHROUGH CASTING- CT: Non-Union Industrial Seeking HOST- Hartford Steam Boiler

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT SELF-TAPE:  before 10 AM Monday, January 2, 2017

PROJECT:  Non-Union Industrial

CLIENT:  Hartford Steam Boiler

PRODUCER:  Jim Nikodemski

PRODUCTION COMPANY:  Frontline Productions

CASTING DIRECTOR:  BreakThrough Casting

AUDITION DATE:  Direct Booking from self-tape/headshots/reels

CALLBACKS:  N/A

SHOOT LOCATION:  Hartford, CT (MUST SELF-REPORT)

SHOOT DATE:  1/11/17  (1/12/17 WEATHER DATE)

USAGE:  In-house training video only for company website + VO on video (FULL BUYOUT)

RATE:  $1000/8 hrs + 10% talent agency fee + $100 travel stipend

SEEKING:

[HOST]

Female or Male, 30s-50s, any ethnicity, SEASONED ACTORS who are TelePrompter pros and VO artists.  Instructional video on what is and is not covered when air conditioning/hot water heater/furnace breaks down, how to fill out the required forms, etc.  Teleprompter included.  Shoots on-location at a private residence with one scene outdoors and the rest inside.  HOSTING/SPOKES REELS MANDATORY.

SUBMIT REQUIRED MATERIALS & SELF-TAPE (before 10 AM Monday, 1/2/17):

  1.  name/cell/email/agency info (if applicable)
  2.  current height/weight AND location base
  3.  current headshots/pics
  4.  updated resume
  5.  HOSTING/SPOKES reels/clips (MANDATORY)
  6.  MANDATORY self-tape due BEFORE 10 AM Monday, 1/2/17 (see instructions & audition copy below)

SELF-TAPE INSTRUCTIONS:

  1.  appear on camera ready (makeup, hair and dressed in polished, business casual attire)
  2.  slate, state height/weight, location base AND confirm that you can self-report to Hartford, CT
  3. zoom out for full body shots with full body profiles, zoom in and shoot from shoulders up to deliver copy (clearly showing face and hair length).
  4.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE WELL LIT, IN FOCUS WITHOUT ANY BACKGROUND NOISE.  If we can’t clearly see and hear you, your self-tape will not be reviewed.
  5.  memorize copy as much as possible to deliver the best read

AUDITION COPY:

Hello, I’m _________ from Hartford Steam Boiler – you may know us as HSB.

With 150 years of industry leadership, Hartford Steam Boiler sets the standard in equipment breakdown insurance. 

And at HSB, helping customers drives all that we do.

Now, HSB has partnered with your company to bring Home Systems Protection to your insureds.  

Since this is an additional coverage provided to your policyholders, it’s important that you …

  • Understand the coverage
  • Can identify potential equipment breakdown claims
  • Know the process for reporting claims into HSB, and
  • Understand what to expect during the claims process, and are familiar with the communications that will reach your policyholder.

In this presentation, I’ll first provide an overview of our Home Systems Protection coverage.

I’ll then review the basic elements of the policy, and discuss the claim process.  

Lastly, I’ll walk you through a few scenarios that illustrate some of the most common claims.

Email:  dana@wearebreakthrough.com

Subject line:  HSB

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24
Dec

BREAKTHROUGH CASTING- NYC: Non-Union Industrial, XEROX

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT:  Before 9 AM Wednesday, 12/28/16

PROJECT:  Non-Union Live Industrial

CLIENT:  Xerox

PRODUCER:  ​Christa Trinler

PRODUCTION COMPANY:  Velocity Productions

CASTING DIRECTOR:  BreakThrough Casting

AUDITION DATE:  Direct Booking from headshots/reels/self-tape only

EVENT LOCATION:  NYC

EVENT DATE:  January 4, 2017

USAGE:  NYSE Live Event, Internal Trade Publications and Videos, possible evening broadcast news only

RATE: $600/8 hrs + 10% agency fee

SYNOPSIS:

The CEO of Xerox is ringing the bell at the New York Stock Exchange and will be holding an event where 3 actors ​portraying monks will be on hand to act as brand ambassadors. They will hand out pamphlets and must know a few bullet points about the new Xerox Messaging.

SEEKING: 

[BROTHER DOMINIC]

30s-40s, Caucasian Male, STRONG ACTOR with brown curly hair, heavy set physique. BROTHER DOMINIC is the younger, innocent and fresh, devoted monk, pure in his eagerness yet smart and savvy with his knowledge of modern day technology.  Wardrobe will be provided. Talent must look like reference pictures below:

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[ABBOTT]

60s-70s, Caucasian Male, STRONG ACTOR, balding with silver hair. The ABBOTT is the oldest of the group, worldly and wise but not up to speed with the advancements of technology.  He gives BROTHER DOMINIC the important, monumental task of translating, reproducing and distributing documents worldwide.  Wardrobe will be provided. Talent must look like reference pictures below. 

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[MONK #2]

Late 50s-60s, Caucasian Male, STRONG ACTOR, balding with gray hair. MONK #2 is older, a slightly jaded and slightly jealous monk who enjoys watching BROTHER DOMINIC take on this stressful, monumental task.  Little does he know about the power of advanced technology. Talent must look like reference pictures below. 

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SUBMIT REQUIRED MATERIALS & SELF-TAPE (before 9 AM Wednesday, 12/28/16):

  1.  name/cell/email/agency info (if applicable)
  2.  current height/weight/eye & hair color
  3.  current headshots/pics
  4.  updated resume
  5.  reels/clips
  6.  MANDATORY self-tape due BEFORE 9AM Wednesday, 12/28/16 (see instructions & audition copy below)

SELF-TAPE INSTRUCTIONS:

  1.  prep your appearance as much as possible to look like reference photos (MUST shave facial hair)
  2.  copy/paste/review reference video:  https://youtu.be/faH1FXPqymU-
  3.  slate, state current physical stats (height/weight/eye & hair color), zoom out for full body shots with full body profiles, zoom in and shoot from shoulders up to deliver copy (clearly showing face and hair length).
  4.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE WELL LIT, IN FOCUS WITHOUT ANY BACKGROUND NOISE.  If we can’t clearly see and hear you, your self-tape will not be reviewed.
  5.  Using the character descriptions and reference video as your guidelines, give us two different reads:  a) more modern day conversational while maintaining the proper, traditional, religious community tone;  b) slightly more dramatic old world with a touch of Shakespeare flavor.  HAVE FUN WITH THIS!

AUDITION COPY:

“A page isn’t meant to be bound or locked away from all to see.  Pages should be living breathing constantly evolving containers  of information.  Places where people from here, there and everywhere come to meet and collaborate.  To think together, make together, debate together, create together.  Working, connecting and communicating.  In the way we were all meant to:  freely.”

Email:  johanna@wearebreakthrough.com

Subject line:  Xerox

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14
Dec

BREAKTHROUGH CASTING: Non-Union PSA, “We Deserve It”- RUSH CASTING

*RUSH CASTING:  Deadline to submit self-tape, 10 pm TODAY, Wednesday (12/14/16)
*Direct Booking from self-tape/reels/headshots

NON-UNION PSA

PROJECT: $15 Minimum Wage PSA , “We Deserve It”

CLIENT: NYS Department of Health

DIRECTOR:  Natalia Briggs

PRODUCTION COMPANY: NYS Media Services 

SHOOT LOCATION:  NYC OR ALBANY (see roles below)

SHOOT DATE:  Friday 12/16/16 

USAGE: Broadcast + Web (full buyout)

RATE:  $1200/8 +100 travel stipend (Albany shoot only, if commute is over 2.5 hours) + 10% talent agency fee

SEEKING:

[AFRICAN-AMERICAN FATHER (Albany OR NYC shoot, TBD)]

Male, 30-50s, African-American. SEASONED ACTOR to play Minimum Wage Worker.  Shoot will take place in a home kitchen setting.  MUST BE AVAILABLE TO SELF-REPORT TO ALBANY OR NYC this Friday (12/16). Direct booking TODAY from self-tape and reels, PLEASE SUBMIT ASAP!

[AFRICAN-AMERICAN MOTHER (Albany OR NYC shoot, TBD)]

Female, 30-50s, African-American. SEASONED ACTOR to play Minimum Wage Worker. Shoot will take place in a home kitchen setting.  MUST BE AVAILABLE TO SELF-REPORT TO ALBANY OR NYC this Friday (12/16). Direct booking TODAY from self-tape and reels, PLEASE SUBMIT ASAP!

[AFRICAN AMERICAN YOUG TEEN, LEGAL 18 YRS (Albany OR NYC shoot, TBD)]

Female or Male, 18+ years, African-American.  Must be able to portray a young teen, age 12 or 13 and very petite in stature.  This is a non-speaking role.  MUST BE AVAILABLE TO SELF-REPORT TO ALBANY OR NYC this Friday (12/16). Direct booking TODAY from self-tape and reels, PLEASE SUBMIT ASAP!

[CAUCASIAN FATHER (Albany Shoot)]

Male, 30-50 yrs, Caucasian. SEASONED ACTOR to play Minimum Wage Worker.  Shoot will take place in a home kitchen setting.  MUST BE AVAILABLE TO SELF-REPORT TO ALBANY this Friday (12/16). Direct booking TODAY from self-tape and reels, PLEASE SUBMIT ASAP!

[CAUCASIAN MOTHER (Albany Shoot)]

Female, 30-50 yrs, Caucasian. SEASONED ACTOR to play Minimum Wage Worker. Shoot will take place in a home kitchen setting.  MUST BE AVAILABLE TO SELF-REPORT TO ALBANY this Friday (12/16). Direct booking TODAY from self-tape and reels, PLEASE SUBMIT ASAP!

[CAUCASIAN ADULT CHILD (Albany Shoot)]

Female or Male, 18+ years, Caucasian.  Must be able to portray a young teen, age 12 or 13 and very petite in stature.  This is a non-speaking role.  MUST BE AVAILABLE TO SELF-REPORT TO ALBANY this Friday (12/16). Direct booking TODAY from self-tape and reels, PLEASE SUBMIT ASAP!

[CAFETERIA WORKER (Albany Shoot)]

Male, 40-50 yrs, Caucasian. SEASONED ACTOR to play Minimum Wage Cafeteria Worker.  MUST BE AVAILABLE TO SELF-REPORT TO ALBANY this Friday (12/16). Direct booking TODAY from self-tape and reels, PLEASE SUBMIT ASAP!

 

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

A)  Complete and email info below ASAP

  1.  name/email/cell/location base
  2.  current height/weight
  3.  confirm that you can self-report BY CAR if project shoots in Albany, NY
  4.  agency/rep name/email/cell (if available)
  5.  commercial reels
  6.  headshot
  7.  self-tape audition copy below in ENGLISH (no accent) AND SPANISH (translate copy below)- Deadline is 10pm TODAY, Wednesday 12/14/16

AUDITION COPY- “WE DESERVE IT” (Roles Father/Mother/Cafeteria Worker only):

“If you’re like me, and make minimum wage, I’ve got exciting news.  On December 31st we’re getting a raise, because New York State’s minimum wage is increasing to $15.  And if you don’t get the raise you deserve, call this number to report it.  New York state wants to make sure you get your raise.  You work hard.  You’ve earned it.”

AUDITION for Young Teen/Adult Child:

-state your name, agency (if applicable), current height/weight and location base

-confirm that you are legally 18+ years and that you can self-report to Albany BY CAR

-zoom in close up, zoom out full body with profiles

EMAIL:  johanna@wearebreakthrough.com

SUBJECT LINE:  We Deserve It

 

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14
Dec

BREAKTHROUGH CASTING: Non-Union PSA RUSH CASTING

*RUSH CASTING:  Deadline to submit self-tape, 5pm Wednesday (12/14/16)
*Direct Booking from self-tape/reels/headshots

 

NON-UNION PSA

PROJECT:  $15 Minimum Wage PSA

CLIENT:  NYS Department of Health

DIRECTOR:  BJ DeCerce

PRODUCTION COMPANY:  NYS Media Services 

SHOOT LOCATION:  NYC 

SHOOT DATE:  Thursday 12/15/16 

USAGE:  Broadcast + Web (full buyout)

RATE:  $1200/8  + 10% talent agency fee

SEEKING: 

[WOMAN WORKER]

Female, 30-45 yrs, Hispanic who is Bilingual in English (no accent) and Spanish.  SEASONED ACTOR to play Minimum Wage Worker.  Shoots in NYC THIS THURSDAY (12/15) OR FRIDAY (12/16).  Direct booking TODAY from self-tape and reels, PLEASE SUBMIT ASAP!

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

A)  Complete and email info below ASAP

  1.  name/email/cell/location base
  2.  current height/weight
  3.  confirm that you can self-report BY CAR if project shoots in Albany, NY
  4.  agency/rep name/email/cell (if available)
  5.  commercial reels
  6.  headshot
  7.  self-tape audition copy below in ENGLISH (no accent) AND SPANISH (translate copy below)- Deadline is 5pm TODAY, 12/14/16

 

AUDITION COPY- $15 Minimum Wage

 WOMAN WORKER

If you’re like me, and you make minimum wage,               

I have good news for you.

 New York State is one of the best for taking care of us.

 And on December 31st, we’re getting a raise.

If you don’t get a raise, there’s a number you can call.

Then New York State will make sure you do.

You work hard. 

Get what you deserve.

 

EMAIL:  johanna@wearebreakthrough.com

SUBJECT LINE:  $15 Minimum Wage

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02
Dec

BREAKTHROUGH CASTING- ALBANY: NON-UNION PSA SEEKING HOSTS

 
*DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: 11:30pm Wed, 12/7/16
*Direct Booking from Self-Tapes/Reels/Headshots
*ONLY TELEPROMPTER PROS SHOULD APPLY
 
NON-UNION PSA
 
PROJECT:  Autism Spectrum Disorder
CLIENT:  NYS Department of Health
DIRECTOR:  Chris Conto
PRODUCTION COMPANY:  NYS Media Services
CASTING DIRECTOR:  BreakThrough Casting
SHOOT DATE:  TBD (1 day shoot, mid-late December)
LOCATION:  Albany, NY (MUST SELF-REPORT BY CAR)
USAGE:  Web and NYS Doctor’s Offices (FULL BUYOUT)
RATE:  SEE ROLES BELOW

SEEKING:

 

[FEMALE HOST – SPANISH]

Female, 25-35 yrs, Hispanic/Latino. Spanish speaking SEASONED ACTOR/TELEPROMPTER PRO to host a 3 minute video on Autism Spectrum Disorder.
 
RATE:  $700/8 + 10% agency fee + $100 travel stipend + meal + copy (MUST SELF-REPORT BY CAR TO ALBANY)
 

[FEMALE HOST – ENGLISH]

Female, 25-35 yrs, All Ethnicities.  SEASONED ACTOR/TELEPROMPTER PRO to host (4) 3 minute videos on Autism Spectrum Disorder.
 
RATE:  $1100/8 + 10% agency fee + $100 travel stipend + meal + copy (MUST SELF-REPORT BY CAR TO ALBANY)
 

 

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

*Email the following info and self-tape the copy below. All self-tapes must be submitted by Wednesday 12/7, 11:30PM. ONLY SUBMIT IF YOU CAN SELF-REPORT BY CAR TO ALBANY, NY 

· name/cell/email/agency contact (if applicable)
· height/weight/location base
· links to reels
· current commercial headshot
· submit self-tape with audition copy below

AUDITION COPY:
Please give us two DIFFERENT reads of the following (If reading for Spanish, please translate as best you can.  No points off for inaccuracies :)):

“Autism …. It’s a word and diagnosis, which is often misunderstood. Did you know that some of the most creative and innovative people in history were thought to be on the Autism spectrum… including Mozart, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Edison,and Albert Einstein?

Now that’s a list that most anybody would want to be a part of.
A pediatrician once told me that children on the spectrum aren’t attention deficient …they’re attention different. And once they find something that they are truly interested in…well, the sky is the limit.

Hi my name is ( ) and welcome to a short series of modules on Autism Spectrum Disorder for Parents and Providers.”

PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL US TO CHECK ON YOUR SUBMISSION STATUS – DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS WEDNESDAY 12/7, 11:30PM

EMAIL: dana@wearebreakthrough.com

SUBJECT LINE: AUTISM SPECTRUM

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