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Jagger Kaye Q&A take two

Our follow up Q&A with Jagger Kaye...

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I have known Jagger for a few years now, he's been instrumental for my career by way of the FREE castings mailing list he runs.  I personally do not know how he does it, work all day and still manage to help out fellow Actors by receiving and pushing through his list all the castings but you can easily see that 10 thousand plus members is probably the reason he keeps pushing forward.

I recently attended one of his Commercial Intensives and I have to admit I was a little skeptical.  You know that saying, "you get what you pay for" but I have to admit, I walked away feeling like I robbed Jagger blind.  I bet you're asking yourself why, well I attended the course for nearly nothing and walked away with a lot of good tips when it comes to auditioning for SAG commercials.  Having seen other schools sell the same type of curriculum for triple the price, yeah I feel like I walked into Jaggers course with a loaded pistol and stole his knowledge of the industry.

If you were like me, skeptic, well fear no longer of being taken for your cash.  Invest the time and shed the little bit of cash it costs to take one of his classes because you will not be disapointed.  Just look at the lineup of industry professionals he has partnered with and don't forget to check out the re-launch of his website CASTINGSnCLASSES.com on Oct 1st. 

While you are watching me make my Soap Opera debut on All My Children (shameless self promotion) get on your computer and log on to Jaggers CASTINGSnCLASSES.com!

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{xtypo_dropcap}Q{/xtypo_dropcap}10,000 plus members, what do you think has been the main reason for the level of success you’ve seen with running ActorsFirstNY.com?

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap}10,200 plus members … don’t short change me Tomas … ;)
There are several responses to your query. The biggest reason for the incredible numbers is the word of mouth in the community. I get emails from actors that said they heard about us on a set & recently a major bi-coastal agency contacted me because several of their actors were bragging about us. Without the word of mouth we would be nowhere close to the success we are. Of course that begs the query of why so many actors recommend us & I feel it’s because of the honesty, simplicity, community feel & the cost to receive 350/400 casting notices delivered in your inbox … the cost is … FREE!


{xtypo_dropcap}Q{/xtypo_dropcap}So talk to me about the website – CASTINGSnCLASSES.com, what prompted you to re-launch the site and how are you planning to set yourself apart?

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap}Well first off the website/URL should be explained. CASTINGSnCLASSES.com is a gateway to our two brands (ActorsFirstNY.com – FREE castings & AffordableActingClasses.com – AFFORDABLE classes). In April we had a hugely successful 4th anniversary party/event to celebrate ActorsFirstNY.com & I was sitting with some staff afterwards and we discussed how we should combine both the “castings” & “classes” areas of the business & I checked and the domain CASTINGSnCLASSES.com was free so I grabbed it & made it a simplistic gateway page. Since May I have had dozens of businesses, actors, etc. approach me about advertising & promoting to our members & a constant conflict I have is the level I will commercialize the casting brand, so I decided to make a fun, cool gateway page where we can help promote businesses, actors, etc. at an AFFORDABLE cost & bring a unique homepage to our community! 

{xtypo_sticky}Now regarding “setting us apart” … nobody does what we do … the way we do it … and at the volume we do it … we are already “set apart”{/xtypo_sticky}


{xtypo_dropcap}Q{/xtypo_dropcap}Are you moving the yahoo group to the site?

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap}No … the ease of receiving FREE NYC area castings in your inbox will not change. The website is part of our growth & not a replacement for NYC’s top acting community for FREE castings


{xtypo_dropcap}Q{/xtypo_dropcap}Lets chat about your competitors, are there any? And what do you think about people following in your footsteps, is it complimenting or just the biz?

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap}I don’t really see anybody as a competitor because nobody offers what we do, but yes I am seeing people taking some of our initiatives and trying to do them (to various degrees of success) and that is fine & expected. If others were not influenced by us, then how good are the ideas anyway?

We are not the first Yahoo casting group and I have always tipped my hat to the older pioneering groups, so that was an idea that wasn’t mine, but I did take it in different directions & to bigger heights than others. If you are not an influence than your impact was minimal, so I welcome others being influenced by us.


{xtypo_dropcap}Q{/xtypo_dropcap}Now that 2009 is quickly approaching, what do you have in the works for your members in addition to your new site?

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap}Well, I have actually throttled our growth because CASTINGSnCLASSES.com grew so quickly it almost got away from me. There are a lot of surprises coming but the timing will be the key, but look for more unique & specific classes all at an AFFORDABLE rate & for the community to continue to grow. I’m excited for the year 2009 & I know a lot of our community is as well.


{xtypo_dropcap}Q{/xtypo_dropcap}Since your classes are so successful and constantly sold out, have you retired from acting and focusing on teaching the craft permanently?

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap}Retired from acting? Where did you get that from Tomas? No I am (are you ready?) an … ACTOR FIRST and always will be & I have a lot of great things in the works.

Now a decision I did make was to turn my PT job with CASTINGSnCLASSES.com into a FT job beginning in mid-August and the dividends has paid off tremendously. I now have 2 FT jobs with my career & my brand and the timing was right to make that happen. One of the reasons our class offerings are so successful is the “distinct & unique” classes we offer. Outside of my constantly sold-out offerings (Beginners, Scene, Monologue, Commercial, Comedic Acting, On-Camera Auditioning, Career Help, etc.) we offer REAL industry (check Ross Reports) that teaches Auditioning classes, Voiceover classes, Hosting classes, Advanced Commercial & many more & all are at 50% of the cost of others. The reason industry teaches for us is the fact they love the vibe our classes create and also they appreciate that we offer AFFORDABLE opportunities to the community.

I have turned down SEVERAL Industry that I felt just wanted to make extra income instead of offering something unique. I recently had Meredith from Amerifilm (who cast me in a Rob Schneider feature) teach a class specific to auditioning for a legit CD. I have an upcoming class taught by Jack Menashe (owner of IAA) that is focused on the “agent meeting” & recently announced introductions to both Hosting & Voiceovers. The fact that I have such respected industry as Telsey & Co, CESD, IAA, Amerifilm & others teaching for me at AFFORDABLE rates is a testament to them getting what our community offers & our member support makes that happen & I cannot thank them enough for being behind us & appreciating all the hard work & efforts.  It is truly a win-win & the community really vindicates our existence


{xtypo_dropcap}Q{/xtypo_dropcap} Anything you want to say to your members and prospective members? .Image

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap}THANK YOU to current & future supporters & prepare for a fun ride in 2009 as we get bigger & better.
Do not forget to check out CASTINGSnCLASSES.com beginning 10/01/08 & support all our sponsors & if you feel one of our class offerings is right for you, please contact us but EVERYONE should be taking advantage of the FREE castings

I leave everyone with this …
{xtypo_quote}You can do anything if you have enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm is at the bottom of all progress.
With it there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis
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