By: Brendan Reardon
You and I have never had a consultation, but I read your emails religiously and always heed your sound advice.
An embarrassing anecdote-
We met in the AGR elevator once. You and I had a succinct conversation about bubble tea. The third passenger in the elevator was drinking the Taiwanese treat and the conversation was probably initiated (I forget by who) to kill the stale air and drown out the clinking chain mechanism as the elevator made its glacial, clunky ascent.
I remember being nervous about the intensive and I have never been good with awkward elevator silences -- "How bout' that weather?" - Me, literally every elevator ride -- so I blurted out some fact about bubble tea that I had read on the internet or heard from somebody or just made up on the spot because who the hell knows why. Anyway I of course preceded the comment with "I read somewhere" because then it would register as a fact and I would come across as a bubble tea guru of sorts. The comment was something like, "I read somewhere that bubble tea is really bad for you." (Good one, Brendan)
What followed was SILENCE.
The third passenger gave me a wide-eyed nod that translated as a "thanks for the information buddy" and when on to sip their tea and scroll through their phone. When the elevator reached my floor, we all got off, walked down the same hallway, through the same door, into the same room. When I realized the third passenger was the casting director I would be meeting that night, I was nothing short of MORTIFIED.
(Now I'm sure the casting director didn't think twice about the elevator ride; certainly not the hundred times over that I did as I sat in the lounge.)
I was as nervous as I had ever been going into an audition setting. But I used that nervous energy and gave a damn good audition. When I left the building that night I was proud of my performance, and that's a seldom occasion. I owe it to being prepared with solid sides pertinent to my type-- one very important lesson you hammer into AGR's zany actor brains. I also owe it to the friendly and warm atmosphere at AGR.
I used the same sides when I attended the AGR June Manager night. With the sides, a professional headshot by Melissa Hamburg and a polished (but flimsy) resume, I was called in by two different managers the following day.
I have been freelancing with one of those managers, Nicole Astell of Prestige Management, for about a month now.
The first time she submitted me, for a show called A Crime To Remember on Investigative Discovery, I was called back and booked it.
I will be playing famous defense attorney F. Lee Bailey in the period crime series for one episode in the upcoming third season. I shoot later this month.
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