By Jennifer Rudolph
There comes a point in one's career (hopefully sooner rather than later) where an actor has to say..."do I want to be right or do I want to get the job?" Every actor has an idea in their heads of what they want their career to look like. What kinds of roles they want to play. But often times that vision just doesn't line up with how the collective consciousness of casting directors views you - at least at the beginning of your career. There are some actors who take the "Spaghetti" approach which is that they throw everything at the wall and just see what sticks. That's a bit...overwhelming to say the least. Casting directors see what's in front of them and respond to what's organically there. You have to not overwhelm and say "do with me what you will." When meeting them and honing your skills you need to ALREADY know who you are, what you're selling, and what is going to make things click for you. You have to tap into that collective consciousness and then go full speed ahead. This is the common denominator between all of the actors who I see succeed at AGR.
Update on AGR Senior Staff Member Kim Ramirez:
I wrote a "Success Story" about Kim a couple of months ago but want to give more of her backstory here. Kim and I have known each other for about 8 years. She was my student when we first met and I hired her as one of my first staff members at AGR. Talented but without direction, I took her under my wing and began helping her hone her "type" and craft years ago. Kimmies (as we call her at AGR) was meeting and working with casting directors left and right but couldn't get arrested. She was getting good feedback but no one was calling. The issue was two-fold.
1) Her confidence wasn't strong so she would walk into workshops with this apologetic air - like she felt she was wasting someone's time. As I always say, what you think you create so in a sense...she was...because she wasn't delivering nor was she malleable in the way she needed to be.
2) Kimmies' trajectory was interesting. I told her that she would grow into her type as she got a little older but needed to hone her technique NOW. On the comedic side, Kimmies is brash, unapologetic, very dry and a little slapstick. On the dramatic side, Kimmies is someone with authority, possibly a cop/FBI agent, someone you trust and who makes you feel safe. This is the "in a nutshell" version. As someone in her early 20's back then, it was hard to put that into proper categories. Now that she is a little older, more confident and completely seasoned...she is auditioning and working consistently.
So what happened? Kimmies embraced these two types / equally valid in her case. She became SO confident and knew how to audition like a pro. She developed iron-clad relationships with casting directors through meeting and working with them at AGR so that when it came time to present herself to managers, she was viable. I gave a little push on her behalf to Caralie Chrisco at Davis-Spylios. They began working with her. In the past 6 months, Kimmies booked a Guest Star on NBC's THE BLACKLIST (she has gone in numerous times for CD Kate Geller and a nice role in a film opposite Josh Charles (cast by Allison Estrin - who is a HUGE fan of Kimmies). Last week, CD Michael Morlani called Kimmies and booked her role the film NERVE opposite Emma Roberts and Dave Franco. This was a role that was previously cut but they wrote it back in and Michael immediately thought of Kim as he knew her work from AGR. Last week, Kimmies to tell me that she booked a role in a new HUGE series which I can't name yet. Every single role that she booked over the past 6 months was completely in line with her type. Davis-Spylios is very pleased and couldn't be happier to be working with Kim. If you need an on-camera audition coach...she is your woman.
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