Every week, I field questions from wildly diverse coaching clients about how to communicate effectively with agents and managers---and I get about double the amount during Pilot Season. Every actor in the business has questions on this topic---whether you're an unrepresented actor wondering how best to follow up or make the most of a personal connection, a CAA-repped actor trying to navigate your agency's massive corporate structure, a working actor at a boutique agency wanting to track how you're being submitted and pitched. . . whether you're brand-new at your agency or you've been there ten years. . . whether you're happy where you're at or trying to figure out if it's time to make a move. And during Pilot Season, when the rules are different than they are the rest of the year, everyone in the business is worked to exhaustion, multitasking, and overextended---AND some of the most exciting opportunities are flowing all at once---it gets even more complicated. Stakes are high!
Date: Thursday, January 19th 2017
Location: AGR, 15 West 28th Street, 9th Floor, NYC 10001
Capacity: 40 students total
Ages: 16 and up
Agents and managers are just people---fellow workers in our business--but because the actor/rep relationship is a unique mix of power dynamics (who works for who? It's not always easy to say) it can be tricky to figure out how to navigate the communication waters effectively.
In this workshop, we'll focus specifically on the Rules for Pilot Season as we address how the actor/rep relationship really works (in all its forms); discuss the difference between managers and agents and whether you need both; examine why and how reps sign clients and how they build their lists; look at how agents and managers' jobs really work and what their days are like; answer all your questions about what kind of communication is appropriate (and when); look at how to evaluate whether the relationship is working at all different stages in your career; and talk about how to support your agent and manager in representing you effectively (hint: it's a delicate balance, and too much "help" isn't help at all). We'll answer all your questions about all these issues---but we'll begin with a real analysis of how these relationships work during Pilot Season, a time of year when communication with reps seems the most crucial, but also can be the most difficult time to get their ear. Figuring out how to manage all this on your own can be tricky, and too many actors spend too much of their precious time and creative energy worrying about how to communicate with reps. Knowledge is power, and getting real answers to these questions will help empower you to be more comfortable, collaborative, and effective within these crucial business relationships.
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Jessica Blank is an actor, writer, director and producer. With her husband Erik Jensen, she is author of THE EXONERATED, a play based on interviews they conducted with over 40 wrongfully convicted death row inmates across the United States. THE EXONERATED won Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Ovation, Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards; it has also received awards from Amnesty International, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Death Penalty Focus, and Court TV, and was listed by the New York Times as "the number 1 play of the year." It was made into an award-winning movie adapted by Jessica and Erik, starring Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, Aidan Quinn and Delroy Lindo. Their documentary play AFTERMATH, directed by Jessica, opened New York Theater Workshop’s 2009-10 Off-Broadway season to rave reviews, was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, toured internationally for two years and was nominated for two Drama League Awards. Their new play, HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC (based on the writings of Lester Bangs), under commission at CTG, was workshopped at the Public Theater and the La Jolla Playhouse and recently completed a sold-out run at the Kirk Douglas Theater and South Coast Rep, with Erik starring and Jessica directing.
Jessica and Erik are currently writing the pilot THE NEGOTIATOR for Gaumont TV (exec producer Tom Fontana); they have developed for television with Fox TV Studios, 20th Century TV, Avenue Pictures, Sunswept Entertainment, Virgin Produced, and Radical Media. They currently have a feature in development with Cary Brokaw/Avenue Pictures. Jessica's first novel, Almost Home, (Hyperion, 2007) was optioned for feature film with Jessica and Erik adapting and co-directing; the film is slated for production in 2016. Her second novel, Karma for Beginners (Hyperion, 2009) is in development for television with Avenue Pictures, with Jessica and Erik adapting. Her third novel is forthcoming from Penguin in 2016. LIBERTY CITY, a play co-written by Jessica and April Yvette Thompson, was produced Off-Broadway by New York Theater Workshop in 2008 (with Jessica directing), has toured to Miami and elsewhere, and was nominated for Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards.
As an actor, Jessica appeared regularly as the lead's loudmouthed big sister in CBS' MADE IN JERSEY. Additional TV credits include BLUE BLOODS, ELEMENTARY, THE FOLLOWING, THE MENTALIST, BORED TO DEATH, RESCUE ME, LAW AND ORDER: CI, THE BRONX IS BURNING, HIGH MAINTENANCE and several more. Film acting credits include THE NAMESAKE (dir. Mira Nair), YOU'RE NOBODY TILL SOMEBODY KILLS YOU (prod. Spike Lee), THE EXONERATED, and several indies including CREATIVE CONTROL (Grand Jury Prize, SXSW 2015) and ON THE ROAD WITH JUDAS (Sundance). She has acted in theaters throughout New York City and has five new films coming out in 2015-16, including #HORROR with Timothy Hutton and Chloe Sevigny.