By Jennifer Rudolph
Success can happen any time, any where. Your job as an actor is to be on call and ready for when opportunity knocks.
While you were sleeping the other night, Emmy Award Winning CD Ross Meyerson emailed me at 10PM asking for my help with a nice role for CBS's LIMITLESS. He asked if I would put my thinking cap on and basically find an AGR'r who could handle a rather intense Guest Star role on the show. It was specific. Remember how I always email you about the importance of knowing your "type", marketing yourself and bringing your A Game? This is why. Time was of the essence as the role was going to straight to a Director session the next day. I had to send Ross a handful of vetted actors for obvious reasons which is always the case. (CD's call in actors who they know and trust or who come from a very reliable source). I sent an email out to thousand of actors looking for something VERY specific. I had dozens email me who were nowhere near what I was looking for, some said "my resume isn't up to date", others had unprofessional looking headshots. Guys, come onnnnnn. Do you really expect to be called under those circumstances? The "bar" is very high and you have to be at that level :) You have to know WHO you are and WHAT you are selling and HOW you will be perceived. After about an hour, I landed on 5 solid actors who fit the bill, who I researched and whose work I watched. One of those actors was AGR'r Gabriel Sloyer. Gabe answered my email (see? it's important to read my emails :). Long story short, Gabriel went in for Ross and blew it out of the water. He booked it. The role shoots Monday for a week.
This is a business about relationships, utilizing the tools made available to you and seizing opportunities
Here's the kicker: Gabe has a top agent but didn't make the cut or get called in via his representation. Ross probably got over 2,000 submissions for the role if not more. Gabe got called in because I referred him to Ross and Ross trusted my judgement. Remember how I said it's all about building trust and forging relationships with the industry? I do it too. :)
In the same way that Jen Euston's office (OITNB, GIRLS etc) doesn't do workshops but Emer O'Callaghan (her associate) is happy to look at vetted AGR Online profiles and consider my AGR'rs for roles - it's because of the relationship I built with them. Emer ALSO knows that AGR Online members have access to a "virtual handbook"/the webinars where Jeff Mitchell and I talk about the business of the business so our actors are schooled in a way that others are not. It creates trust.
You can't just exist online though and wait for the phone to ring. AGR Online is NOT a substitute for networking. It's a supplement. You have to meet the industry, get involved, put yourself out, market and promote yourself, build trust and network.
Nothing is ever a guarantee but these opportunities are NOT available anywhere else. Not on Actor's Access...nowhere. You increase your chances though by selling yourself optimally and all of the other things I listed above.
Want to get to know Ross Meyerson on a deeper level, get invaluable advice and learn the intricacies of his casting process? The 2 hour webinar is available to AGR Online members.
Get involved. Start working. And remember...always read my emails and answer you phone because you never know :)
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