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Three times a charm - our end of year Q & A with the one and only Jagger Kaye, owner/operator of www.CASTINGSnCLASSES.com

Three times a charm - our end of year Q & A with the one and only Jagger Kaye, owner/operator of www.CastingsnClasses.com

{xtypo_dropcap}Q{/xtypo_dropcap}Talk to us about your charity event, why is this so important to you and the community? Which charities will benefit from this event?

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap} Well, the event is AVeryJaggeredXMAS.com. For TEN years it was an adult themed variety show where the box office went to buying toys/gifts for children/teens living with AIDS & patrons added to that collection when they arrived at the show. The last few years we added The Children’s Hospital at St. Peters to the charities we donate to because a CnCer’s daughter’s life was saved by the medical staff at that hospital.

The little girl was born with all her organs on the outside of her body & was not supposed to survive, but a Doctor at that hospital convinced the mother he could try his best & lil Olivia is now 5 years old & known as a living miracle. The mother Aimee told me the story a few years ago before a class & I was so moved I wanted to help her repay back the staff at the hospital by donating to them as well.

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This year the donations go to The Incarnations Children’s Center (AIDS) & the above mention facility & the collection should wind up between $5-8,000 ALL in toys/gifts & that is about 300-500 items.

Long before the Holidays became commercialized it was about making children who had very little in their lives smile … that to me is the most important thing about Holidays & that is the driving force behind it.


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Since the first interview you've won a few Backstage Readers Choice Awards, what's the key to your success?

 

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap}This year CnC was sited SEVEN Times (winner/runner-up) & I personally set a Backstage record for SIX nods.

The key is … we connect with students like I have never seen others do.

 

This began as just me teaching one class a week & now in January we have 26 classes/events in 29 days.  My goal was to build a community & we done that.

 

Recently both a well-known agent & a respected CD both said they see Jagger/CnC on more newer actors resumes they call in and/or work with than any other facility/teacher & its mind-blowing the momentum we have.

 

CD {rokbox size=|fullscreen| text=|Brette Goldstein|}http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1279486/{/rokbox} said a year ago that she heard of my desire to build a community & a family of actors & never thought it could be done in NYC – until she met me. She then jumped on board with gusto, love & energy.

 

That spirit is what we are about “behind the scenes” as well as the family of actors that frequent us.

 

 

{xtypo_quote}The key is … we connect with students like I have never seen others do.{/xtypo_quote}


{xtypo_dropcap}Q{/xtypo_dropcap}Like with all success, people tend to make changes, why did you move your CnC studio from the producers club?  When did you realize you needed to make that move?

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap} Well, I am still VERY close with the owners/management of The Producers Club Theaters. They hosted our CnC-6th Anniversary Event as well as our 11 years of charity events.

I still frequent there a lot and I get CnCers from the office recommending me all the time.

 

In order to do what I wanted, I needed to have my own space & not worry about “rental availability” & rushing a student because we were close to the hour we had to vacate by. I still do 90% of admin/emails from my home desk but it is so relaxing knowing I have 750+ sq. feet of my own that I control in the heart of TSQ.

 

CnC is also known as a fun industry hang-out after classes…


{xtypo_dropcap}Q{/xtypo_dropcap}Throughout the years you've had a good list of instructors, this past year you had Hollywood Director {rokbox size=|fullscreen| text=|Steve Carr|}http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0139867{/rokbox} [credits include Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Dr. Dolittle II, Daddy Day Care, Next Friday] come in, not once but twice!!  How did you manage that one?  What do you think draws people like Steve to CnC studios?

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap} Well Steve was our huge special guest for our CnC-5th Anniversary Event & came back this past August as well.

Steve & I reconnected when I read for Paul Blart: Mall Cop & we stayed connected & he saw what was going on at CnC & I went with my gut & asked him if he would like to do something & he was genuinely excited to do so.

 

I would never insult Steve by offering him the little I can afford money-wise, so both times he came in, I did not profit from him (it was either a FREE event or went to charity).

 

Steve is a nice guy & see’s how newer actors appreciate his time as well as his incredible visual instincts & hopefully our yearly affiliation will continue, but I respect his time way too much to assume anything.

 

Oh did I mention we are the ONLY facility he ever appeared at?

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Regarding others [credits listed on IMDB] … I am insanely proud to have on CnC staff, Emmy Nominated Actors: Louise Lasser & Larkin Malloy, CD’s: David Vaccari, Brette Goldstein, Roger Delpozo & Fay Shumsey, Agent Jerry Kallarakkel. CESD VO Manager & Backstage Winner Diana Lote, as well as Andrew S. Hurley (Shakespeare), Susan Eichhorn-Young (Voice) & our recent addition & ex—assistant of Conan O’Brien’s Todd Blass doing Sketch … my CnC running crew is AMAZING


{xtypo_dropcap}Q{/xtypo_dropcap}Numbers usually speak for themselves, with that in mind, how much has your subscriber based grown since we last spoke?

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap} Well we are at 12,900 members of our FREE casting side of CnC. It has yet to level off … so far so great.

 


{xtypo_dropcap}Q{/xtypo_dropcap}The buzz around town is that something big and exciting is happening over at CnC? What's the inside scoop?  What do you have planned for 2011?

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap} Well, there is a lot happening that isn’t confirmed but since I returned from

a recent hospitalization, several major industry names have taken meetings with me about possibly being more involved & expanding the CnC brand. Honestly I am not too sure if I want that. I like the level we are at & never want to be “just another place”, but I am excited to look into it further.

 

Also if a certain SAG project gets green-lit it will be cast out of CnC & I have been in talks about a CnC reality show. The reality show is tricky because I don’t want it to interfere with the sanctuary of classes (we do not allow outsiders in) & I have butted head over content - they want it to be about behind the scenes “drama” & edginess & I want it to be about actors making

it to the next level

 

But one thing I can warn you about is Friday, April 15th when we have the first ever CnC-Fest as the kickoff to our 7th Anniversary. Live bands, Comedians, Cabaret & some very special guest including the red-hot NYC band Mister Gio who performs our new theme song  {rokbox title=|Theme song:: Life Goes On| text=|Life Goes On| size=|425 373| album=|youtube|}http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDSFrXjcKd0{/rokbox}

 

The rest … let’s see, but I guarantee CnC in 2011 will be a fun ride!

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