As an actor or model you will be dealing with many types of hiring clients such as Photographers, Casting Directors, Art Directors, Talent Agents, Talent Managers, Film Directors, Producers, Ad Agencies, and Networks etc.
Many models and actors feel that one or all of the above is preventing their success?
Constantly the Actor, Model or Entertainer deal with a lot of unknown factors such as; why don’t things happen quicker in my career? Who is slowing down my career? Why didn’t I get the role when I performed excellently? Why am I not going out on more auditions?
In order to for you to get to where you want to go ask yourself these questions.
1-Do I need to update my pictures/resume/reel.
2-Perhaps I should go to a casting director workshop to get one-on-one time with that casting director.
3- Maybe I should ask my agency for directions on what to do next. Have I recently auditioned for my agent?
4-Maybe I need to do something different about my technique and look at what various modeling and acting classes have to offer.
5- Maybe the old hairstyle or look I have is not working now.
6-Perhaps I should be marketing myself differently.
7-Maybe I need to realize that I do not look the same as I did at 18 as I do at now and apply for the age appropriate jobs.
8-Do I truly understand how the business works?
9-Am I staying involved and proactive or am I just sitting back and waiting for things to happen?
Instead of working on the things you can control many actors and models play the blame game.
Example: That Casting Director just doesn’t really like me or, that person is just racist/sexist/ageist and unwilling take a risk, or all the clients want are tall, skinny models etc.
It’s natural that we sometimes make false assumptions; it protects us when we feel weak and unable to change, whether because of financial conditions or lack of motivation.
Over the years it seems the really successful talent will take a hard look at themselves first and try not to play the blame game very often.
So have some courage and look at some of the things you can change!
Here’s how to be pro-active.
Reel- Commercials, Feature Films, Student Films, Independent Films, Webisodes, Runway shows. Get a get reel of your work made with a professional reel company. Get it reviewed by your agent and get it published.
Pictures-Have your agent advise you to keep the ones you have or to get more accurate updated or flattering pictures.
Resume-Keep it updated and give it to your agent.
Coaches– Do you need referrals to acting coaches? Ask your Talent Agent, Manager and friendly Casting Directors. How often are you practicing? Your competition is probably daily.
Casting Director Workshops-You get one-on-one time with a casting director who can tell you straight whether you’re terrific or need work. You will learn their particular style that they prefer when casting talent.
Test Shoots-Build your portfolio with professional test shoots from reputable photographers. Have your agent assist you in putting together your portfolio.
For more advice call the Craze Agency 801-438-0067 or go to www.crazeagency.com