It’s the perfect time to find an agent

It’s the perfect time to find an agent

June is the perfect time to find representation.

Whether you’re looking for representation period, or looking to find a better fit, now is the perfect time to set up your meetings and get the ball rolling.

Why?

Pilot Season has come and gone. That means offices have more time to take meetings and fill the missing gaps in their roster.

Like you, agents and managers want to make a good living. As smart businesses, now is the time when they see who they want to keep on their roster, and who they choose to let go.

If you’ve been let go from your representation – don’t lose heart! It isn’t personal, and it happens to everyone. Literally everyone. There’s no shame in this game! Don’t let that stop you from looking for a better fit.

When you take steps to land meetings with potential representation, here are some important things to give you confidence and find your “yes”:

CLARITY

What kind of acting work is in “your lane?” Do you belong on a prestige cable drama? Are you sitcom material? Do you belong in the world of procedural dramas? Think about the kind of stories you most want to tell, and the type of work you are most likely to get cast for.

Then do some research on IMDB Pro to see which agencies have clients who do the kind of work that is in alignment with your career goals.

Just because you have an agent, doesn’t mean they can get you in the room. Be strategic about which agencies are most likely to have relationships with the people you want to get seen by.

KNOW YOUR VALUE

What value do you bring to the relationship? What unique gifts, experience, relationships, or skills do you bring to the table? Be prepared to communicate “what’s in it for them” to your potential representation. Be sure that your marketing package reflects the value you offer.

REFERRALS

The BEST way to land a meeting is by referral. If someone the rep likes and trusts, refers someone they like and trust, the meeting is nearly guaranteed to happen. Now, that doesn’t mean you’ll be signed automatically, but getting the meeting is the biggest hurdle to clear.

Who do you have a strong relationship with, who knows your work, and trusts you, can refer you to an agent or manager in alignment with your goals? Think about fellow actor friends, directors you’ve worked with, casting directors who like you, producers you know, or who knows – your childhood best friend’s mother’s cousin might run an agency. It happens! If you are asking a fellow actor for a referral to their agency, be sure they are a completely different type than you.

The most important step to getting a referral is to ask for one. Don’t be afraid of hearing “no.” It just takes one yes to get the ball rolling. Remember that relationships are built on trust, so any ask should be with respect, and that includes respecting their right to decline. Getting told “no” is part of the process, so don’t let that stop you.

HAVE YOUR MATERIAL READY TO GO

There’s nothing worse than landing a meeting without your material ready. You’re left stressed out and scrambling, trying to get new headshots right away, staying up late re-editing your reel. Before you start reaching out to set meetings, have your material ready to go.

Since you’ve done the work around clarity and what kind of work you want to be doing, your material should reflect the possibility of where you are heading. If your goal is to land action films, but your reel is strictly stand up comedy routines, your material isn’t supporting your goals. Put together a marketing package that reflects where you want to be.

KNOW WHO YOU’RE TALKING TO

When you land a meeting, do some research on the company and the person you are meeting. Don’t wing it.  Where do your values/goals align with the company and the individual? The more you know, the more you’ll know if it’s the right match.

YOU’RE INTERVIEWING THEM TOO

In agent meetings it can be tempting sign with WHOEVER WANTS YOU. Don’t fall into this trap! Think of it like dating. If you take anyone who comes along that shows an interest, you’re going to date a lot of duds.

Be clear about the kind of working relationship you desire with your representation. How do you communicate? How do you treat each other? Find out if the person you’re meeting with is on the same page about where you see your career heading. Ask intelligent questions and listen carefully to the answers.

Remember that it’s your career. Empower yourself with clarity, career goals, and specific boundaries and expectations for your agent/manager relationship. When you put in this work before taking meetings, you’ll know it when you find it.

Leave a comment. Are you planning to find representation? Was this helpful for you to take the first step?

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Don’t blow it at the table read

Don’t blow it at the table read

You prepare for the audition, nail your callback, and finally get the winning phone call: You booked the role!

The hard work is done and it’s time to sit back and relax, right?

WRONG!

Many actors fall into the trap of assuming that since they booked the part it is theirs to keep. In reality there is one major step between booking and that coveted #SetLife:

The Table Read

The table read is where all the casting pieces (actors) come together and the creators of the project finally get a cohesive picture of how the script will play.

For the producers, writers, and directors this isn’t a simple meet and greet. It is the LAST CHANCE to make tweaks to the project before shooting starts. Those tweaks can be to the script…or the cast.

There are so many heartbreaking stories about actors who finally booked to the job only to be replaced after the table read. This happens all the time in comedies (if you can’t make the joke work they will find someone who will), and even in dramas.

So what can you do to make sure you keep that role you worked so hard to book?

Treat the table read like another step of the audition process!

Know the script

Come in with a full understanding of the material

Make strong choices

This is no casual rehearsal for discovery.

Look the part

Are you playing a surgeon? Don’t show up in jeans and a v-neck.

Did you do full hair and make up for your audition? Bring that look back to the table read!

Your work will pay off

When you put in the work, you get to keep the part. And in some cases, find that your role has been expanded!

We’ve heard from 2 different students in the past month who got more scenes after the table read because the show-runners liked what they were doing at the read.

Do you think that happened because they decided to “wing it” at the table read? Hell no! They treated it like their job depended on the quality of their work.

Once you book the job, don’t let your hard-won opportunity slip away by slacking off. Be prepared and bring your best work to the Table(read)!

Leave a comment. How do you prepare for the table read?

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Look at your audition sides

Look at your audition sides

Being off book is the ideal scenario in every audition that comes your way.

But it isn’t realistic.

Sometimes you just can’t be off book. Whether you got the audition at the last minute, or the you’re preparing 11 pages of dialogue heavy scenes, there are times when you simply can’t memorize everything.

What to do?

Today’s video will show you what NOT to do…(and of course provide a solution).

Check it out below:

In the event that you can’t get off book in time for the audition, ACCEPT IT. Then don’t be afraid to look at your sides when you need to. It’s ok, we promise 🙂

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FREE Find The Funny Workshop – 5/31 & 6/2

If you audition for comedy but rarely book, you’re probably missing something. And our guess is that it’s one of these three things:

  • You’re trying to “be funny” and your work is falling flat.
  • You have missed the joke altogether
  • You haven’t nailed the format of the show

You’re not alone. Nailing a comedy audition requires the perfect combination of art and science. You cannot just wing it because unlike drama, comedy requires timing, precision, and understanding comedic structure.

We can in our help in our FREE Find The Funny Workshop.

Our Lead Instructor, Lilach Mendelovich, will walk you through the step-by-step Acting Pros process to “Find The Funny in every comedic audition.

This proven formula is designed to help you:

  • Understand the structure and rhythms in comedic writing, so that you can always deliver the joke
  • Find the balance between “too big” and “not big enough” so that you work never falls flat
  • Craft an audition in the style and format of the show (what goes in a sitcom won’t work in a dramedy)

So that you can handle any comedic audition material that comes your way.

You’ll leave this 2.5 hour in-person workshop with the ability to nail your comedic auditions like a pro!

Join us TONIGHT Thursday May 31 @ 7pm or Saturday June 2 @ 1pm

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT

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Don’t spoil the surprise

Don’t spoil the surprise

When you go into your audition, you’ve already read the script (one would hope).

You know exactly what is going to happen. But how do you behave as though you don’t?

It’s a tricky line to walk as an actor.  You don’t want to give away the end of the scene at the beginning.

In today’s video, Lilach Mendelovich shares a simple tool to use in your audition scenes so you don’t spoil the surprise!

Check it out:

Expectation is a powerful thing in acting and in life. When you set the expectation to get something other than what happens in your audition scene, it will feel fresh, alive and spontaneous!

 

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FREE Find The Funny Workshop – Next Week In Los Angeles!

If you audition for comedy but rarely book, you’re probably missing something. And our guess is that it’s one of these three things:

  • You’re trying to “be funny” and your work is falling flat.
  • You have missed the joke altogether
  • You haven’t nailed the format of the show

You’re not alone. Nailing a comedy audition requires the perfect combination of art and science. You cannot just wing it because unlike drama, comedy requires timing, precision, and understanding comedic structure.

We can in our help in our FREE Find The Funny Workshop.

Our Lead Instructor, Lilach Mendelovich, will walk you through the step-by-step Acting Pros process to “Find The Funny in every comedic audition.

This proven formula is designed to help you:

  • Understand the structure and rhythms in comedic writing, so that you can always deliver the joke
  • Find the balance between “too big” and “not big enough” so that you work never falls flat
  • Craft an audition in the style and format of the show (what goes in a sitcom won’t work in a dramedy)

So that you can handle any comedic audition material that comes your way.

You’ll leave this 2.5 hour in-person workshop with the ability to nail your comedic auditions like a pro!

Join us Thursday May 31 @ 7pm or Saturday June 2 @ 1pm

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT

 

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How To Handle One Line Auditions

How To Handle One Line Auditions

Auditions with one line are tricky!

How do you craft a solid audition with so little to work with?

How do you avoid the common traps of doing way too much, or not enough?

Today’s video, featuring our Lead Instructor Lilach Mendelovich, will show you how to handle one line auditions.

Remember, the most important job you have with a one line audition is to move the story forward!

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