From Mystery Shopping To Corporate Role Play
The knack of choosing the right actor ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 19/04/2016 @ 8:00AM
Today I am sorting out actors. This doesn't mean that we have racks of them at the office in some kind of huge filing cabinet, although it would probably be easier to get hold of some of them if we did ...
From mystery shopping to corporate role play, whatever you need, I can find you the right actor.
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What I have is a comprehensive directory of all the actors I have worked with and I get them corporate work. Corporate work can be anything from Mystery Shopping, where they go off and pretend to buy something and we report back on how the sales team dealt with them, to specific role play where they can be anything from a doctor/patient, depression sufferer, angry customer or anything else the client requires.
"I only put forward actors I have worked with previously."
This is for the specific reason that much of it hinges on reliability and the ability to get along with the client. Also, it allows me to see what kind of actor will be better at a particular role. As a stage director, I have been involved in casting many productions, and you get an eye for what's required.
Actors - and when I say actors, I also refer to actresses of course - are a curious breed. They can come over as hugely confident, but some suffer from the most appalling insecurities in their own minds. It comes from being judged every time you do your job I think. You could argue that many jobs are like that, but in reality, most jobs don't have an audience sitting watching you critically and subjectively for most of the time, so it's understandable.
"My job is to choose the correct actor for the right role."
Some of our corporate jobs require an actor to be a normal person, and not all of them can do that easily. The need to prove themselves can be too great. So if we are working for a well-known car manufacturer, which we currently are, we don't really want a performance by King Lear, when they are buying a Ford Mondeo. The same goes for a stage director not wanting a performance of someone buying a Ford Mondeo when they are playing King Lear. Horses for courses, as they say.
I have to say that the biggest problem, and this is the same for everyone involved, is traffic. I can brief the actor on the script and synopsis, what they wear, how to handle the client etc, but I can't control the M25, or the train timetable.
"I'd be a rich man if I could."
The actors now have to leave earlier and earlier and they do earn their money, as do I, but I like actors and I like the clients, so all is well.
If you need a corporate actor, you know where to come to.
Until next time ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.