By Jennifer Rudolph
Meet AGR'r Eric Elizaga. Eric came to me for a Career Consultation last year. He had been going to another workshop company for a while and wasn't getting any results. Eric told me that the classes at said other workshop company were overcrowded and that he felt lost in the crowd. He had just heard of AGR, our small class size and my consultations and wanted to see if we could figure out together why nothing was clicking for him.
Eric is a solid type but was marketing himself incorrectly. He didn't understand that he needed to play into the impression that the casting director would have of him when he walked into the room. That he needed to posture himself to fit the mold of what felt organic for both him and the casting director. Eric was presenting himself with sides that weren't suited for him. This plus being in a class with 15-20 people in a place with a cutthroat vibe and no nurturance was no bueno. In Eric's case it was a matter of changing the factors at hand. We honed his "type", I told him who to meet and work with, and gave him the right sides to use. Two of the casting directors I told Eric to meet were Melissa Moss and Allison Kirschner from Bowling/Miscia Casting. Eric told me he met them last year at the other workshop venue and nothing happened. I told him to meet them again at AGR under the new pretenses we set. That our classes top out at 8 actors per section and that the vibe is completely different which all in all leads to our actors and industry guests thriving. He was skeptical about meeting them again but I smiled and asked him to trust me.
Eric came to a double header workshop at AGR with Allison Kirschner and Melissa Moss both from Bowling/Miscia Casting. With his new sides and "type" ready to go, both CD's were floored. Allison called Eric in shortly thereafter for FOX's GOTHAM and Melissa called Eric in for BLUE BLOODS. Eric was put on hold for a Co-Star role but then the role got cut from the script. A few days later, Melissa reached out and offered Eric a different role opposite Donnie Wahlberg without him needing to audition for it. Eric had made a strong impression on both casting directors this time around. He was irrefutably marketable and "set ready."
Same casting directors + different venue + marketing advice = getting noticed.
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