As another pilot season comes to a close there are a couple of things every actor should be doing. As some would say, there is no rest for the weary!
First things first, did you have a successful pilot season? This includes; going on frequent auditions and creating relationships with those shows or casting directors? Were you sent out for the shows you thought you would be a shoe in to be cast? If the answer is no to any of these questions you need to have a sit down with your representation. In fact, you should have a sit down with your representation regardless just do a recap and re-evaluate. Your representation is part of your team, your brand. They represent you and get you in the door to those casting rooms. If they are not doing their job, there could be a few reasons why. Maybe, your view of the shows you should be cast in and theirs are different. Or, maybe, the headshots and reel you are sending out are no longer working for you. Either way there is a solution to these problems. But in order to find that solution you have to have a dialogue with that part of your team. When you call the meeting make sure to accomplish three things;
1. Thank and acknowledge your agent and/or manager for their hard work during pilot season. Even if you didn’t get the results you were hoping for it doesn’t mean they were not working for you.
2. Make sure to make your goals for what shows you should be on, casting directors you need to meet and that your vision is clear. If you haven’t done your homework as to what shows your type is on and who to meet it’s going to be harder for them to do their job. They aren’t mind readers. If you are unsure of where you should be cast, ask! Their job is to help guide you as well.
3. Create a game plan for going forward, what tools you need to update, and which casting directors to get meet and greets.
Is having a sit down with your representation impossible because you are not currently represented? No problem! Now that pilot season is over, the next few months is the time when agents and managers will be able to have a meet and greet and discuss representation. If you already know which agencies and management companies are your target you are already one step ahead. Start mailing out those cover letters and head shots, or, if they go by referral only do your research and see if you have anyone in common that could make an introduction. If you aren’t sure which managers or agents are right for you start doing research. This would include; looking at IMDB, seeing who represents which actors, asking friends if they are happy with their representation, and doing good old research through Backstage, SAG-AFTRA listings and more.
In addition to your search for representation you should also make sure your acting house is in order. Are your headshots working and getting you auditions? If not it might be time to get an update. Other tools include your reel, website, business cards, and rehearsed monologues and scenes. As you are sitting down with your team or reaching out to possible new representation, you should make sure that you have everything you need so that they can do their job which in turn helps you book that role!
Lastly, now that you know what to do, you need to make a priority list and start blocking out time so that you can get all of those tasks done. The last thing you want to do is overwhelm yourself and not get anything accomplished! If scheduling seems extra hard to you or you don’t know where to start check out my article from last month, Time to Manage, on time blocking. It will help you set up a timeline and schedule that works for you. Okay now go achieve those goals!
“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and- SNAP- the job’s a game!“
– Mary Poppins
(photos courtesy of nycastings.com and samluce.com)