How The Hell Do I Communicate With Reps?
with Jessica Blank and Jen Rudolph
Date: Monday, March 4th 2019
Location: AGR, 15 West 28th Street, 9th Floor, NYC 10001
Limited to 60 students
Ages 18+ only
Every week, I field questions from wildly diverse coaching clients about how to communicate effectively with agents and managers. 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.
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 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). 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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Unless otherwise noted, if you cancel within 7 days of the class, event, or intensive due to sickness or industry related work, we require a doctor's note or proof of work in order to issue a credit. Please note: You will not be able to schedule a make up date if you miss one week of a multi week class! Please only register if you can make all of the class dates.
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Our Classes/Events are NOT job interviews, auditions or employment opportunities. The presence of an industry professional is in no way a promise of employment. The Actor's Green Room does not attempt to procure or promise employment, we are strictly an educational experience.
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.
Jennifer has always had a passion for helping actors succeed. She spent the first 10 years of her career as a casting director under the tutelage of Jeff Mitchell and eventually became a partner at Mitchell/Rudolph Casting. Jennifer has cast over 40 films and television shows and has helped start the careers of such actors as Michelle Monaghan, Kate Bosworth and Ian Somerhalder, While a casting director, Jennifer began teaching audition technique classes and from there created The Actor's Green Room - the #1 home for actors professionally and holistically. She believes that every actor has an organic spark that if nurtured properly can become something amazing. To quote FIELD OF DREAMS, "If you build it, they will come." Jennifer also meets with actors for Career Consultations. For more information, click here.