Bay of Plenty Actors, Tauranga, 10 September 2015: Tauranga’s first agency representing local actors has just launched, a signal of confidence in the wealth of talent in the area.
Founder of Bay of Plenty Actors, Tanya Horo is a celebrated artist with over 15 years’ experience performing as an actor, singer and writer. Tanya is recognisable from her recurring role as Miss Lucy in a series of high-profile narrative commercials for House of Travel.
“I’ve been so impressed with the acting talent here in Tauranga and am passionate about using my networks to connect people to exciting jobs. I also want to maximise the role technology can play in allowing actors to be seen by agents without geographical limitation,” she says.
Local talent includes actors with impressive domestic and international TV commercial experience, short and feature film experience, actors that speak several languages, stunt doubles and presenters. “We sent out our website (bopactors.co.nz) to casting agencies last week and the initial reaction has been very positive, with them supporting the initiative – as it allows them to be exposed to new up and coming talent,” she says.
Remote auditions are common within the industry around the world and Bay of Plenty Actors will utilise this casting medium where appropriate for the placements in film and TV.“These auditions involve filming the actor/s in Tauranga and sending the clip to the casting agency outside of the region, ensuring the distance doesn’t interfere with selecting the best person for the role. Tauranga actors will also travel for auditions when appropriate,” says Tanya.
Tracey Rudduck-Gudsell, departing Chief Executive of Creative Tauranga says it is fantastic that this opportunity has now arrived in Tauranga.
“We have such a variety of amazing local performing arts talent, this is raising the bar once again within the arts community to showcase the excellence that exists right here. I know Tanya will have some incredible local talent to work with and I can’t wait to see what opportunities she opens up for them,” she says.
Tanya has had the privilege of being involved in the creative industries of New Zealand, Australia and the United States and has gained a solid understanding of how the entertainment business works.
With television roles in Shortland Street and Jackson’s Wharf, most recently she performed a lead role in the feature film The Z Nail Gang, a crowd-funded local production filmed in the Bay of Plenty last year.
Not many agents are actors, so Tanya brings a different perspective into the industry, one that the actors appreciate. “I’m committed to sharing my knowledge, skills, experience and nurturing local talent to achieve success in New Zealand and internationally,” she says. “Our mission is to help our actors chart their own unique path, to develop their craft and achieve their full individual potential.”
The agency’s actors can expect to receive a personalised and hands on management style as well as access to a programme of specialised skills and technique workshops throughout the year. “We look forward to representing more actors in the Bay and helping put them on the map.”