By: Jennifer Rudolph
There is a quote that I love to reference.
"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity." - Seneca
In this business, it is a unique equation that lends itself to an actor succeeding. It is a combination of events and circumstances that rush together with a strong force and create a hurricane.
That's exactly what happened after AGR'r Freya Adams and I met for a Career Consultation last summer. Freya came to me feeling lost and misguided. She had been to other networking companies and hadn't garnered any results. She had been working with a manager who had a completely different vision of her and couldn't get her in the door. Freya was following the manager's vision knowing in her gut that something was off. The moment we sat down I told her I sensed a disconnect. I told her how she should be marketing herself and which casting directors she should be meeting and it was like I was speaking another language. As our session went on, I layed out a trajectory for her and it became clear that it was time to recalibrate. To start from scratch, re-brand herself, get in front of casting directors with the right material and get a new manager when the time was right. Freya was ready.
After our meeting, she started meeting casting directors at The Actor's Green Room and cut ties with her then manager. Within 3 months, Freya caught the attention of Christopher Silvieri from Prestige Management after meeting him at our Manager Night. Christopher ended up signing her. Freya was "viable" as I say. She was doing the work and was a strong "product." She was extremely marketable, had relationships with casting directors and was the complete package. Christopher signed her.
Not long after, Freya booked an episode of NBC's THE BLACKLIST, followed by NBC's THE SLAP and then a lead in the independent film ADVANTAGEOUS which ended up going to Sundance and would be the game changer.
Freya was voted the #1 Up and Comer To Watch at Sundance by IMDB.
It's amazing how a simple shift in perspective can change everything. If you're not getting the results you want from the industry, I encourage you to ask yourself...what is the industry telling you to do differently? Listen to the feedback and make the changes necessary.
Create your own luck with preparation and the opportunities that are there for the taking.
You can do it.
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