By Jennifer Rudolph
Whether you are represented or not, you are coming to AGR to work with and forge relationships with top casting directors who have the power to move your careers forward. That being said, it is CRUCIAL that you have a dialogue with your agent and/or manager and let them know that you are doing your 90% of things and are eager to work. For the 2nd time in 2 weeks I have gotten emails from 2 TOP casting directors who were quite angry at two represented actors who they met at AGR - both who do NOT have thick resumes. What happened was the casting directors called the agents to bring in said actors for HUGE television projects and the agents most likely WITHOUT consulting the actors turned down the appointment. The first CD told the agent to "go away" (this is the nice version) and the agent then said the actor would come in. In the 2nd instance the actor didn't come in because the agent wouldn't let them. They were both for Co-Star roles and the latter would possibly recur. In the 2nd instance said actor will probably never get called in by that CD again which is too bad because that CD casts a MAJOR series. ACTORS: You MUST school your reps that you are eager to work, are going to AGR to forge relationships and to ultimately advance your careers. Unless you have 5+ Guest Stars, turning down Co-Star auditions is not advisable and will alienate CD's. Take control of your careers and guide your reps so that they don't get you blacklisted from certain offices. No one wants to deal with a difficult actor let alone a difficult agent/manager.
That being said - HAVING and agent and/or manager - basically a strong team who you are in sync with - can make all the difference in your career. They push, you push, we all push and you get in. Use your resources (including AGR Online which discusses pertinent topics like this every week in our member only webinars), be a smart actor that everyone wants to work with - rinse and repeat.
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