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Actor’s Photo Portfolios

Target your photography business to actors by helping them put together professional portfolios.

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Actor’s Photo Portfolios

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? No
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Taking photographs of actors and models is a sector of the photographyindustry that generates millions of dollars in revenues each year.

Providing you have the photography skills and equipment necessary totake professional actors’ head shots and create photograph portfolios,then starting a photography business that specializes in actors’ andmodels’ portfolios is a terrific business venture to set in motion. Thebusiness can be operated from a home photography studio or on a mobilebasis going to the actors’ and models’ locations. Marketing this typeof photography service is best accomplished by establishing allianceswith acting and modeling agencies and schools. Currently the rate fortaking actors’ headshots are in the range of $100 to $150 plus $5 to $8per 8-inch by 11-inch. Modeling portfolios start in the range of $250and go up in price depending on the complexity of the portfolio.

The Market

Customers can be anyone trying to break into the entertainmentindustry. You may even find clients who simply want nice, professionalphotos taken of themselves for their own purposes.

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Murder Mystery Parties

Have a flair for the dramatic? Host murder mystery parties.

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Murder Mystery Parties

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Whodunit murder mystery parties are hugely popular and the basis for afun and exciting part-time business opportunity that can be kicked offfor peanuts, yet has the potential to earn excellent profits. If youhave writing aspirations and a creative flair, you can write the storyand murder mystery party scripts; if you do, be sure to try to includeyour clients in the script’their likenesses, personalities, and names.If you are not a wordsmith, you can use a popular mystery theme orstory as the basis of the mystery, or you can even purchase murdermystery scripts online. Rates for mystery dinner party services startat $25 per person plus the cost of a catered dinner, specialty propsand location rentals if the party is not held at the client’s location.

The Market

Clients can include individuals wanting to host an interesting dinnerparty for family and friends, corporations seeking fun social functionsfor employees or customers, and event planners searching for anextraordinary and unique experience for their clients.

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Extra’s Only Agency

Some people just want to be seen. An extras only agency ensures clients they’ll get their 15 minutes of fame.

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Extra’s Only Agency

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

The film and TV production industry is booming, and starting anextras-only casting agency can potentially secure you a portion of thismultibillion-dollar industry. Extras casting is simply supplying peopleto act as background performers in a film production. Typically extrasor background performers represent every walk of life in terms of race,age, gender, size and appearance. The key to successfully competing inthis very competitive industry is without question to build andmaintain a good contact base and working relationship with filmproducers, directors and other casting agencies. These are the peopleand companies that’ll call upon your service to supply extras for filmwork. In terms of revenue generation for the business, an extras agentretains 10 percent of a background performer’s wage in the form of acommission, so it’s important to work in volume, as extras aregenerally only paid $10 per hour.

The Market

Actors who are trying to break into the entertainment industry

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Recording Studio

Record sound–and profits–with your own studio.

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Recording Studio

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

The investment required to start a soundrecording studio is gigantic. However, the profits that the businesscan potentially generate are even larger. Starting a sound recordingstudio is much easier than it was at one time, simply because of theadvancement in technology.

Many recording studios that specialize invoiceovers for radio advertising, CD recording and DVD recording areeven homebased operations. Any one who doesn’t have experience in therecording industry is well advised to stay clear of this particularbusiness opportunity’-unless the business is approached or establishedas a joint venture enterprise with a person or company that hasexperience in the industry, but lacks the financial backing or businessexperience to ensure the enterprise succeeds. A recording studio canpotentially exceed $100,000 per year in profit after wages, expensesand taxes.

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