The talent agent is a mainstay in the entertainment industry. As an expat thespian you can have an upwards of 4 agents or more, pending your country. Nonetheless, ensuring your agents feel confident in you is very important. Today's post?
How To Assist Your Agent As An Expat Thespian
Be The Working Actor - Whether you're at an acting workshop, reading a book on the craft, learning the business of acting or simply experiencing something cultural; your job as an actor is to be working on something constructive that'll make you better. If you don't have anything to do, then trust me, you're not doing something right. I highly recommend "The Tao of Show Business" by Dallas Travers. It's an amazing book on what it takes to be a working actor.
Information At The Ready - Your agents can call at any time asking for your head-shots, resume, demo reel & physical measurements. Have this information on your Google drive or a place where you can find it quickly. Your agent is in connection with a director or casting director and you don't want them kept waiting because you can't find the necessary information. Have your information at the ready, be prepared, and never miss a role because of unorganization.
Cooperate - Nothing says that you're more unprofessional than when you constantly ask your agent, "Why?" Don't misunderstand me, I don't mean that you shouldn't protect yourself and your career at all cost. Always protect yourself! But sometimes directors and casting agents want weird things. It could be anything from mimicking a celebrities performance to doing an audition in a pink shirt. However, as long as you know your agent has your best interest at heart...Cooperate.
Appreciate Them - Message your agent sometimes and say "Hello, how are you?" Not every week, not even every month, just enough to let them know that you realize they're people too. Your agent, hopefully, is hardworking so make sure you recognize that and thank them for it.
The relationship between agent and actor can be tumultuous, but no matter where the winds take you be sure to treat them with respect...Expat Thespian!
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