By: Jennifer Rudolph
Every actor who comes to The Actor's Green Room has a dream. The dream is to become a working actor and eventually make it big. It's as if every week a new bus rolls in and I get to see the smiling faces of new actors raring to go and ready to attack their careers with tenacity. I tell AGR'rs that it takes time. That nothing happens overnight despite what the industry may have you believe. (minus the 1% who are akin to those winning the lottery) For the rest of the lot it's about hard work, honing your "type", working on your craft, and molding yourself to what the casting directors are looking for. It's about creating relationships and marketing yourself like a hot ticket product. If everything adds up...you've got a blossoming career on your hands.
Meet AGR'r Mark Noonan. I first met Mark a few years ago. He was a bit of a wild child. Kind of all over the place. He was using an unprofessional headshot, would show up to AGR a bit unprepared and was shooting himself in the foot by not getting in front of the CD's he needed to. After a couple of years of floundering around, he came to me for a Career Consultation. We talked about the necessity of him upgrading his headshot to be industry standard, what his "type" was, about how he needed to believe in himself, get out of his own way and to coach and work with someone to be 100% prepared. I referred him to AGR Senior Staff Member Kim Ramirez to work with. Mark worked with Kim for a few months, came back to me with a new headshot (new head shot just above taken by Jordan Matter) and then I gave him a "hit list" of which casting directors to get in front of. Mark started coming to AGR full force and began meeting everyone on that "hit list." While pursuing casting directors, Mark also studied with AGR Senior Staff Member Canedy Knowles and took our 4 Week Film/TV Class taught by Canedy and myself. tAt this point, he wanted to get a manager on board. Mark still had a light resume BUT he was a strong type and had something to bring to the table. He knew EVERY major casting director in town and had gotten good feedback. A manager gets paid 15% so naturally they should only be doing 15% of the work. Mark was going 85% and had a lot going for him. He came to the Manager Night using sides I had given him and caught the attention of Nicole Astell from Prestige Management. Nicole ended up signing Mark. Not too long ago, Mark auditioned for the CBS pilot LIMITLESS that Tucker/Meyerson was casting. Mark BOOKED the role of the lead's brother. He appears in the pilot and will most likely be back in subsequent episodes.
So you see, my AGR'rs...it takes time. Time and hard work and getting out of your own way. Mark finally got out of his own way. "If you build it, they will come."
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