Friday, June 26, 2009

How do I get a manager?

A manager is a bit more of a personal contact type situation than an agent in that there is no managers union whereas agents are regulated by SAG.

The best way to get a manager is to ask a friend to bring in your head shot to their manager and recommend you to them for representation.

If you don't have a friend with a manager you can get crafty and go on the net and search out those actors you really admire and then find out who reps them and mail several times to those managers. You can also open up any of the industry publications and seek out someone who has published anything in one of those for their clients.

Rule number one is simple: NEVER seek representation from anyone who wants money from you up front for services, even if they tell you it is only to provide expenses for photos or some other nonsense.

Artist's are easy prey for unsavory charlatans who would rather vampire than actually produce anything themselves, mainly because you, in the main, are trusting individuals who keep putting your hearts on your sleeves for the benefit of the world. So, pay attention and of it seems off it likely is!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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How do I get an agent?

There are a number of ways to do this. I will list them in order of seniority:

1. If you personally know an agent, whether a family friend, a distant or close relative, a former co-worker or employer - never hesitate to ask them for an audition or representation. When possible do this in a face to face encounter. Where face to face is not possible send them a PERSONAL letter along with your photo and resume and website info.

2. If you have a friend who has representation ask them to put in a call to the agent and ask for a meeting on your behalf. Sometimes you have to press this point with a friend, but fear not, there is plenty of work in Hollywood and RARELY will it come down to you and your buddy for the final casting call.

3. If you meet someone at a party (this happens ALL the time) who is an agent, ask them if they would mind looking at your photo and resume, and hopefully you have a card with you that you can give them with your website on it so they have instant recognition when you send them something. Then make sure you follow up IMMEDIATELY, procrastination is the number one artist killer! Don't let it get you!

4. If you have none of the above, the next option is to call SAG or go on line and get an approved agent list that you can then mail to. Choose only those that you have some connection with, their name is the same as yours, their agency name jumped off the page at you, whatever system you would like to use, then mail to each of those chosen agents your photo and resume three times. Three is the magical number in this world, somehow after the third every actor I have ever worked with has gotten an agent if not sooner.

So, don't be afraid or reluctant to ask for help from those you know, be persistent and don't procrastinate when you have any opportunity!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

How do I organize my life to help my acting?

Imagine that you are an athlete and you and another competitive athlete have about the same build, the same physical prowess, the same genetic structure. The two of you compete against each other in sports regularly. One day he decides to up his game and begins to go to the gym more regularly, adds in body bulking protein drinks, stops drinking diet coke and generally increases his stamina. You do nothing different than you ever have before.

Who is going to win the next sports match?


So, in the world of the Arts, especially in today's market where the biggest idiots and most untalented people are now being dubbed "celebrities" (though I cannot wrap my mind around how or why they think they are actual celebrities - the derivation of the word it "to crowd") you HAVE TO up your game. That means perhaps sometimes missing a party, or other such function because you have an early audition. Or it means working a night gig so you have your days free to audition so you can still pay your rent and EAT without worries that you HAVE TO book a job or you will starve. Maybe it means you sit at home some Friday nights and update your website or send out a mailing of your new head shots.

See, this is not a job, this industry, this is a way of life. The hardest working actors have only a little advantage over the rest of those playing the game, but maybe it is that small advantage that makes the difference between success and failure.