NOVEMBER 15, 2012
This weeks feature article is about how to make a connection with your talent agent using the "Actors Wheel" marketing strategy to land a role. Read after Dr. Mel's Weekly Message.
DR. MEL'S WEEKLY MESSAGE
NEVER SAY NEVER
If you would have told me eight months ago that Robby and I would be owners of a talent agency, I would have laughed so hard that I would have cried. Really? A talent agency.
With that thought, for the first time in my life I understand what it means to say, "Never Say Never." I have also learned that if there is a will there is a way as my days have been completely encompassed with the film industry, actors, casting directors, managers, producers, screenwriters, novelists, and musicians. I guess I can officially say that I am out of retirement and completely in the game.
So, how did my first week as a talent agent go? Honestly, it doesn't feel any different from what I was doing before. Except now, I have adopted dozens of actors to take with me on my journey and I am on the other side of the fence. I take this to heart and personally promise to give you the respect and representation you deserve.
|"There are only 24 hours in a day and I use every one." |
Dr. Mel Caudle
There is no learning curve on scheduling auditions and callbacks either. Not only does my background as a school principal prepare me to handle scheduling, but having cast THE KEYSTROKE KILLER and dealing with more than 4200 auditions and 637 call backs, I know a thing or two in that area as well.
With all of this said, it is no wonder why after 10 days of opening our doors on an average we have submitted every client at the minimum of three roles, some up to 15 roles, and that was before Breakdown Services. Now, we are really moving forward.
MAKING THE CONNECTION WITH YOUR TALENT AGENT
- Obtaining an Agent
- Building and keeping your resume up to date which includes taking classes and honing your skills
- Professional headshots that look like you as you currently are and not outdated
- Having a demo reel easily accessible to casting directors, e.g., your own website
- Having an official site for submissions; e.g., Actors Access
- IMDB listing for your credits
- Knowledge of the industry, e.g., SAG, casting, procedures
- Type of clients who they represent
- Determine willingness to market you as their client
- SAG Franchised. If they aren't why not? Keep in mind that not all agents can become SAG franchised if they are operating in a "Right to Work State."
- Length of the contract.
- Steps to break the contract.
- Commission scale.
- How they intend on marketing you as an actor; e.g., websites, blogs, etc.
- And, ask, "Can you work with this agent?"
- Is it because your headshots are outdated?
- Maybe, you don't have a demo reel, so you'll have to get one.
- It could also be that you lack the skills or specialty skills, so classes and coaching would be in order.
- Maybe, it is because you aren't keeping your resume up to date.
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