..... Hawai'i Casting

A FREE guide on how to get Acting work in the State of Hawai'i, compiled by active Actors.

Everything you need to know.

How to get Acting work in Hawai'i:

Basic Acting Terms:
Actor - on this webpage refers to a male or female Actor.
Background Actor
- an Actor that is silent and is usually in the background of a scene.
Principal Actor - an Actor that has a speaking role and is usually in the foreground of a scene.
Non-Union Actor - an Actor that does not belong to any Acting union, such as SAG or AFTRA.
SAG Actor - an Actor that is a paid-up member of SAG (Screen Actors Guild).
Stand-In Actor - a Background Actor (of roughly the same height, weight and look) who stands in for a Principal Actor while lighting etc. is set up for a scene that is about to be shot. Once the scene is set up, the Stand-In exits the set and the Principal Actor takes over his/her spot.

1. RULE NUMBER ONE - NEVER PAY FOR ACTING WORK. Never pay anyone to get you Acting work. This includes ALL fee-based websites which are all a rip-off. Be especially aware of fee-based websites advertised at Craigslist.org under "gigs -talent". They are all scams. Don't waste your hard earned money joining them.

A) It is against Hawai'i State law to pay for any job.
B) SAG Actors, it is against SAG rules to pay fees of any kind for Acting jobs.

Click here for legal references to the above.

The SAG Hawai'i Branch has issued the following statement on the SAG website.

"BEWARE OF SCAMS BEING PERPETRATED IN HAWAII
There are people out there who are selling dreams and union memberships to people who want to be in the film business. Beware and remember performers are paid to be in productions. Performers do not pay to be in movies and television productions (unions & non-union).

We have to be vigilant and protect our industry.
Please tell your family and friends. And, if you are aware of any scams report it to the Consumer Protection Agency and the Police. "

2. RULE NUMBER TWO - NEVER WORK FOR FREE. Never work for free or for "food and a Demo reel". This only demeans the career of Acting. It is also against the law - State law and Federal law. Unfortunately, cheapskate Producers are a dime a dozen - avoid them. You deserve better. Acting is not a Charity. The ONLY exception to this rule are Students enrolled in Acting School/College and making a Student film.

If you feel you need more experience as a Principal Actor, don't work for free - go to Drama School. There are plenty of good Drama Schools in Hawai'i. If you don't have much money, apply for a student loan. Contact the Drama Department at (in alphabetical order):
Hawai'i Pacific University
Kapiolani Community College.
Leeward Community College.
University of Hawai'i at Hilo
University of Hawai'i at Manoa (offers the most Acting classes).

It is against Federal law and Hawai'i State law to pay less than the Minimum Wage for any job.
(Currently in Hawai'i it is $58 per 8-hour day, as of June 1 2010).

3. GET PHOTOS MADE. You will need some photos to take to Casting & Talent Agencies when you register with them. A color head and shoulders shot of yourself in 5" x 7" or 8" x 10" format is recommended. You should have on hand about 10 of each at all times. The cheapest way is to get a friend with lots of patience and understanding to take photos of you with a quality digital camera of at least 6 megapixels. Take lots of pictures under different lighting settings and with different clothing and hair and make-up, until you get it just right. Take at least a 100 photos and you should find one really good one that you can use and blow up to 8 x 10. Use the software "Adobe Photoshop" to touch up any blemishes, but very sparingly. Try and keep the chosen photo as natural as possible. A quality ink-jet printer (as cheap as $100) can print very professional-looking photos.

You can also use the services of a Professional Photographer or Studio, but:

a) Shop around. Compare prices. Don't hire the first Photographer.
b) There are rip-off Photographers out there, so be cautious, get any agreement in writing.
c) Ask to see previous work (very important).
d) Ask exactly what the price includes - number of prints etc. - get it in writing.
e) Check with the Hawai'i BBB (Better Business Bureau) to see if the Photographer has had any complaints filed against them.
f) Do not have resume photos done for free in return for nude shots of you. Obviously this is a scam and you should file a complaint against the Photographer right away with the Hawai'i BBB. Or file a complaint with State of Hawaii, Office of Consumer Protection, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.
g) Contact the Police immediately if you feel you have been sexually harassed in any way before, during, or after a photo shoot. A guide to sexual harassment reporting is at this website. A professional Photographer will NEVER touch you in any way before, during, or after a photo shoot, except to shake your hand and say "Nice to meet you", "Thank You" or "Goodbye".

4. REGISTER WITH ALL CASTING AGENCIES. Register with all the local Casting Directors/Agencies listed below. Call first for instructions on how to register. DO NOT show up in person without an appointment. There are no fees to register. Bring your photos, body measurements (write them down on a piece of paper) and a list of any special skills (French Language, Singing, Juggling, Martial Arts, Horseback riding etc.) , a list of wardrobe that you own (Police Uniform, Clown suit, Nurse's outfit etc.) and a list of props that you own (Motorcycle, Suitcase, Surfboard etc.). The more special skills, wardrobe and props that you have - the better the chances of you being hired.

BRENT ANBE
Casting for Background roles on the "Hawaii-Five-O" TV series.
fiveocasting@gmail.com
605 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu HI 96813
808-535-4917

JULIE CARLSON
Not casting right now.

CHAMELEON TALENT
Cynthia Clark
http://www.cameleontalent.com
info@chameleontalent.com

808-879-7817
FAX: 808-878-8897
PO Box 959, Kihei, HI 96753 (Maui)

KATIE DOYLE-HUMMEL
Casting for Background roles on the "Last Resort" ABC TV pilot.
http://www.rachelsuttoncasting.com
Hawaii Film Studio
510 18th Avenue
Honolulu HI 96816
808-733-4015

MARGARET DOVERSOLA
Not casting right now.
676 Aipo Street
Honolulu HI 96825

ENCORE TALENT & BIG ISLAND CASTING
http://www.encore-talent.com
laura@encore-talent.com
Laura Bollinger
808-326-1636
75-5629 Kuakini Highway, Suite R580, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 (Big Island)

ANNA FISHBURN CASTING
Anna Fishburn
http://www.annafishburncasting.com
annafishburn09@gmail.com
808-521-9100
FAX: 808-521-1020
1121 Nuuanu Avenue 2nd Floor
Honolulu HI 96817

LAURIE FOI
Not casting right now.
lfoi@aol.com
808-630-3114

REEL SERVICES HAWAII
Sue Larkin
http://reelserviceshawaii.com
Local Commercials only
808-524-2278

RACHEL SUTTON
Casting for Principal roles on the "Last Resort" ABC TV pilot.
http://www.rachelsuttoncasting.com
Hawaii Film Studio
510 18th Avenue
Honolulu HI 96816
808-733-4015

5. REGISTER WITH A TALENT AGENCY. Register with a local Talent Agency below. Call first for instructions on how to register. Only register with one agency. DO NOT show up in person without an appointment. There are no fees to register with SAG-franchised agents. Again - shop around and ask around for the best one. We recommend only SAG-franchised agencies, but it is up to you. Non-Union can join SAG-franchised agencies as well as SAG actors.

A) SAG-Franchised (Recommended)

ADR TALENT AGENCY
http://www.adragency.com
P O Box 61969, Honolulu, Hawaii 96839
808-842-1313
info@adragency.com

KATHY MULLER TALENT & MODELING AGENCY
http://www.kathymuller.com
619 Kapahulu Avenue, Penthouse, Honolulu HI 96815
808 737-7917
info@kathymuller.com

B) Not SAG-Franchised

ANIMAL TALENT AGENCY
3228 Kaimuki Avenue, Suite A, Honolulu HI 96816
808-732-7451

CHAMELEON TALENT, Maui.
http://www.chameleontalent.com
P O Box 959, Kihei HI 96753
808-879-7817info@chameleontalent.com

ENCORE MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, Big Island.
http://www.encorehawaii.com
72-4008 Mamalahoa Highway, Kailua-Kona HI 96740
808-326-1636
talent@encorehawaii.com

FOCUS INTERNATIONAL HAWAII, Big Island
http://www.focushawaii.com
P O Box 383343, Waikoloa HI 96738
808-326-1108, 808-323-3333
swan@focushawaii.com

HAWAII PACIFIC ENTERTAINMENT
http://www.hawaiipacificentertainment.com/
1221 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 6A-A, Honolulu, HI 96814
808-947-3101

MAKANI ALOHA AGENCY
http://www.hawaiitalent.net
445 Kaiolu #602
Honolulu, HI 96815
808-756-2608
casting@hawaiitalent.net

MORE MODELS & TALENT AGENCY
http://www.moremodelsand talent.com
1311 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 605, Honolulu, HI 96814
808-596-7717, 808-596-0861
info@moremodelshawaii.com

OUTLAW AGENCY
http://www.outlawagency.com
808-345-8930
info@outlawagency.com

PREMIER MODELS & TALENT
http://www.premiermodeling.com
1441 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 1205, Honolulu, HI 96814
808-955-6511 808-955-9385
premiermodeling@aol.com

REBECCA STEWART MODELING SCHOOL & AGENCY
http://www.rebeccastewartagency.com
875 Waimanu Street, Suite 607, Honolulu, HI 96813
808-596-2524

RUTH WOODHALL TALENT AGENCY
http://www.woodhalltalent.com
411 Hobron Lane, Suite 3306, Honolulu, HI 96815
808-947-3307

6. TAKE ACTING CLASSES. The following Acting Coaches very often get to hear of Acting work in Hawai'i before anyone else. Call or email first for class information. Tell them you saw the information at this website. Among those recommended are (in alphabetical order):-

BILL OGILVIE
http://www.billogilvie.com
3270 Huelani Drive, Honolulu HI 96822
808-988-6245
ogil@hawaiiantel.net

SHERILYN ROBERTSON
http://www.filmactorsstudiohawaii.com
Film Actor's Studio
827A 17th Avenue, Honolulu, HI. 96816
808-382-2835
filmactorsstudio@wildernessroadproductions.com

SCOTT ROGERS
http://americanfilmactor.com
Academy of Television and Film, 1174 Waimanu Street # A, Honolulu HI 96814
808-596-8300
scott@americanfilmactor.com

MICHELE VAN HESSEN
http//:www.amysteryparty.com
mvanhess@gmail.com
808-227-4332

WAYNE WARD
http://www.wayneward.net/
1001 Bishop Street, Suite 810, Honolulu, HI 96813
808-395-5927
wayneward@hawaii.rr.com

ROGER WILKO
http://www.rogerwilko.com/
345 Queen Street, Suite 900, Honolulu, HI 96813
roger@rogerwilko.com
808-368-3876

SAG CONSERVATORY
http://www.sag.org/
(On the right side of the webpage, in "BRANCH VIEW", click on "Hawaii")
For SAG members only. Usually once a month at:
940 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 105, Honolulu, HI 96814
Call or email to make a reservation in advance. Give them your SAG number.
bching@sag.org
808-596-0388

7. CHECK WITH SAG FOR WORK. If you are a paid up union member of SAG (Screen Actors Guild), call the Honolulu Office at 808-596-0388 occasionally for any news on upcoming TV/Film/Commercial projects, and also to check and see if a show is SAG-signatory. Union members cannot work on non SAG-signatory shows in Hawai'i. Non-Union Actors should NOT call this number for work.

8. CREATE YOUR OWN WEBSITE.You should also set up your own website which contains your photos and your resume. Having your own website is especially useful when you call a Casting Director for work, and they are either unfamiliar with you or need to see your photos and resume right away. Here is an actual real life experience here in Hawai'i (John Doe is substituted for the real name of the actor). It occurred when the show "Hawai'i" first came to town and the CD was brought in from the mainland and was totally new to the Islands.

Actor: Hello, I am calling to see if you need any background for the show this week, as I am available.
CD: Hi, what's your name?
Actor: My name is John Doe.
CD: Well, John, let me see (pause). I don't think we have you on file. Do we have your photo and resume?
Actor: I'm not sure where your office is located. But, my photos and resume are at my website www.johndoe.com
CD: Really? What's your phone number, so I can I call you back?
Actor: It's 808-555-1234. Thanks. (hangs up the phone, thinking he'll never hear from the CD again)
10 minutes later, the CD calls John.
CD: John can you work tomorrow?
Actor: (his heart skips a beat) Yes, certainly.
Obviously the CD went to the actor's website, liked what they saw and hired John right away.
This is a true story.

Click here for tips on setting up your own website:

Here are some examples of experienced Hawaii actors who have their own websites (in alphabetical order):
Barry Brandt,
Paul Edney, Faith Fay, Dustin Watchman. Roger Wilko (Voiceover Resume).
We'll be happy to add more Hawaii Actors websites, just contact us with the URL.

SAG has iActor on their website where all SAG Actors can upload their Resumes and Photos online at no charge. If you are a SAG member, be sure to do this as soon as possible. It's Free and it will get you a lot of exposure as Casting Directors use it to search for Actors to fit their needs.

You can also put your Resume on www.imdb.com, but there is a fee for each photo and a recurring monthly fee for your Resume webpage, and another recurring monthly fee for IMDB Pro. Just too expensive. You are probably better off with your own website for your Photos/Resume. It's cheaper and easier to update. Plus you have full control of it. For SAG Actors, don't bother with an IMDB Resume, just put your Resume and Photos online at iActor on the SAG website (see above paragraph).

9. CHECK CRAIGSLIST. Check occasionally with Craigslist.org under "jobs - tv / film / video". Also under "gigs - talent". However, don't waste your hard earned money joining fee-based websites, they are all scams. Always check the pay for the acting job first! If there is no pay - forget it! You deserve better. See #14 below. Caution is advised on all these Craigslist.org jobs as sometimes the job does not exist and they are just collecting email addresses of Actors, so they can mass email Actors later to join a rip-off fee-based website. Remember, Rule #1 is "NEVER pay anyone to get you Acting work". Rule #2 is "NEVER do Acting work for free" (except for Students in Acting School).

10. NETWORK. Network with other Actors. Make friends on the set and get their phone numbers and email addresses. Talk with them frequently. This is often your best source of information. A new show in town that is hiring spreads like wildfire by word of mouth throughout the Acting community. Hawai'i Showbiz people (Actors, Crew etc.) of all kinds meet at Duke's in Waikiki, every Sunday. Ewa end of the outdoor patio between 4pm and 6.30pm approx. Just mill around, you'll probably recognize a few local Actors and Actresses. Come over and introduce yourself, we are a friendly group.

11. AVOID PORNO. Avoid doing nudity or adult movies at all costs. The pay maybe good, but if you are a successful Actor, these photos/movies will come back to haunt you later in life. Don't ruin your career (or reputation) for a few dollars. It's just not worth it. Pursue your Acting goals doing honest Acting jobs. If Acting does not provide enough income, get a weekend or night job.

12. AVOID PIERCINGS & TATTOOS. Bill Maher quote "If you ever hope to be a credible adult and want a job that pays better than minimum wage, then for God's sake don't pierce or tattoo every available piece of flesh. If so, then plan your future around saying "Do you want fries with that?""

Avoid getting any tattoos, especially the ladies. You will be required to advise Casting & Talent Agencies of any piercings or tattoos when you first register with them. Tattoos can lessen your chances of getting work, especially bikini modelling work. If a show requires a tattoo on an Actor, Make-Up can always add a temporary one. If you already have tattoos, it's best not to get any more if you wish to pursue your career of Acting. Piercings can be a problem also especially the disc in the ear kind that stretches your lobal skin. Never register or audition wearing body piercings, other than small ear rings. As an Actor, you are better off with no piercings or tattoos at all.

13. WORK BACKGROUND. Don't be afraid to work Background, even if you really prefer Principal roles. Background Acting will keep you in contact with other Actors on the set (see #10) and also help you pay your bills, while you seek an elusive Principal role. If you are holding out for a Principal role, then make sure you have a second job to keep yourself solvent. Also, we recommend working Background as they are sometimes upgraded to a Principal role during the course of making a movie/TV show. On average, we estimate this happens at least once per movie or TV show. So, if you are not working Background on that particular day, you might be missing a golden opportunity. This upgrade happens to Stand-Ins a lot more frequently.

14. ACTORS PAY. Here are the normal minimum pay scales for Actors per 8-hour day in Hawai'i. This chart does not include overtime or bumps (Smoke Pay, Travel Allowance, Meal Penalties etc.). As of July 1, 2011 (except as shown).

ACTOR'S PAY
SAG*
PRINCIPAL
SAG*
BACKGROUND
NON-UNION**
PRINCIPAL
NON-UNION**
BACKGROUND
TV/FILM
$825 + residuals
$142
No residuals
$58
(as of June 1 2010)
No residuals
$58
(as of June 1 2010)
No residuals
COMMERCIALS
$592 + residuals
$323
No residuals
$58
(as of June 1 2010)
No residuals
$58
(as of June 1 2010)
No residuals

* SAG covers the entire State of Hawai'i for both Principal and Background Actors (unlike the mainland, which has SAG zones for Background Actors).
** These are State of Hawai'i Minimum Wages, many Agencies pay higher rates of pay for Non-Union Actors, depending on the nature of the job etc. But they are usually much lower than SAG pay.

NOTE: The lowest paid Janitor, working for the State of Hawai'i gets $205.60 per day, including fringe benefits !

15. BEGINNING ACTORS.There are plenty of opportunities for beginning Non-Union Background Actors to work on SAG-Affiliated Film/TV shows in Hawai'i. SAG has a Quota system for Background Actors. When all SAG slots are filled, Non-Union can be hired. As of July 1, 2011.

NUMBER OF ACTORS REQUIRED
PER DAY ON A SAG AFFILIATED
SHOW IN HAWAI'I.
TV SHOW
PRINCIPAL
ACTORS
TV SHOW
BACKGROUND
ACTORS
FILM
PRINCIPAL
ACTORS
FILM
BACKGROUND
ACTORS
COMMERCIALS
PRINCIPAL
ACTORS
COMMERCIALS
BACKGROUND
ACTORS
SAG
100%
22
100%
57
100%
45
NON-UNION
0
Unlimited
above 22
0
Unlimited
above 57
0
Unlimited
above 45

SAG "INDIES"
(Low Budget Films)
SHORT FILM
AGREEMENT
ULTRA
LOW BUDGET
AGREEMENT
MODIFIED
LOW BUDGET
AGREEMENT
MODIFIED
LOW BUDGET
AGREEMENT
LOW BUDGET
AGREEMENT
Maximum Budget
$50,000*
$200,000
$625,000
$725,000
$2,500,000
PRINCIPAL ACTORS
Minimum number/
Payment per day
100%/$100**
No Residuals
100%/$100
+ Residuals
100%/$268
+ Residuals
100%/$268
+ Residuals
100%/$504
+ Residuals
BACKGROUND ACTORS
Minimum number/
Payment per day
No Minimum.
Can be 100% Non-Union.
No Minimum.
Can be 100% Non-Union.
No Minimum.
Can be 100% Non-Union.
3/$142
Non-Union - unlimited
above 3.
30/$142
Non-Union - unlimited
above 30.

*Maximum 35 minutes Running Time and Limited Distrubution area. Meant primarily for Film Festivals.
**Previously this was Deferred Pay, but was changed recently to $100 per day.
All the above SAG "Indies" must be shot entirely in the U.S.A. and are subject to the diversity in casting incentive. There are minimum requirements for Women, Seniors 60+, Performers with Disabilities & People of Color. Visit the SAG Indie website for more information:
http://www.sagindie.org

On a Non-SAG Affiliated Film or TV Show, 100% of Principal Actors and 100% of Background Actors are Non-Union. SAG are not allowed to work on Non-Union Film or TV Shows in Hawai'i.


Remember:-
RULE #1. NEVER PAY FOR ACTING WORK
RULE #2. NEVER WORK FOR FREE
(except Students in Acting School)

You Deserve Better.

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