Addison temp Andy Planck portrays Trevor Graydon, performing in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
At the Addison Group, when the job orders come in for office temps, sourcing candidates takes on the look of a casting call.
Since 2010, when the Chicago-based national staffing firm first discovered actors make great admins, Addison now actively courts the community, counting over 100 performers and theatrical workers in its database. Today, says Ed Kavanagh, president of Addison’s administrative division, 25-35 percent of the contract placements come from the theatrical community.
They are mostly actors and actresses. Some, though, are acting coaches, a few are writers, and others may work behind the scenes while hoping to land a role. What they have in common is their ability to fit into so many different environments.
“Typically, actors are very comfortable in different roles,” Kavanagh says. Many have improv experience, which requires them to respond to situations and people with no prior planning. “Actors, actresses really do a good job reading people and they fit in very well. They are very adaptable.”
Temping also fits their lifestyle. It gives them the flexibility to make it to tryouts and casting calls, while still having a source of income. Should they land a role, they can they can cut back on their temp work.
Addison recruiters have learned over the years how to work with the theatrical community. “We really work hard behind the scenes,” says Kavanagh, to properly vet the candidates and work with their schedules. keep reading…