It should go without saying, but experience proves that it needs to be said. Talent often complicate their lives by intending to find a simpler solution to the direction they are given. Following directions is crucial, but in this blog we are mostly focusing on the communication between you and your agent.
In a new relationship, it’s obvious to ask questions. Find out the best mode of communication and the best times to do so from your agent directly. Some prefer fax, where others prefer phone. Personally, I like email.
Find out what expectations your agent has for your developing relationship. Is it ok to check in with him/her during the slower season? How does he/she prefer to receive updated headshots/resumes? What political events would he/she like you to attend? Which industry partners (photographers, coaches, etc.) does he/she find most valuable for the talent?
In a seasoned relationship, the need to ask questions to stay updated isn’t nearly so obvious. Talent who have had a long relationship with their agent develop a style of communication that becomes comfortable for all parties. Sometimes, reminders are necessary to be sure that you are growing together rather than apart. Once a year, take the time to touch base with your agent and ask if there are any communication standards you can use that would fit their needs better.
Use some of the flexibility as a talent that makes you so successful in your relationships and watch the positive consequences that follow. Your agent will be happier and know that you are a team player, which will make him/her work all the harder and put you at the top of the call list!