Now that you’re off to a simple, but valuable, start to your business of being a talent, we can take it a step farther. Like the awkward growth of a child into an adult (we all want to forget it, but you can’t – puberty – there, I said it), young talent will experience growing pains as they learn to navigate the uncertain waters of entertainment. Once you can walk, chew gum, and do the previous suggestions, add these:
Third, ask your agent to give you recommendations to help put together high quality marketing materials. The worst thing you can do to handicap your agent’s abilities is to supply them with poor to mediocre materials. If you can’t even get into the audition, neither of you stand to make money by booking it! Agents know which photographers, printers, and coaches will give you the edge, so trust their advice and show them you’ve acted on it.
Fourth, check back regularly to keep your representation stocked and able to work their magic! Providing your agent with updated headshots, resumes, comp cards, portfolios, and digital images is crucial to your success. It also defines your level of professionalism and says a lot about your ability to follow directions. And sometimes sadly, it’s a telling sign for the uber-talented model or actor who will likely sabotage their good chance at a career in superstardom. Each time your resume changes, it should be changed EVERYWHERE – your agents’ files, your hardcopy headshots (sitting by the front door ready to go on a moments notice, of course), your digital profiles, etc. Each time your look changes, your headshots should be updated within a reasonable amount of time (it’s reasonable to have this done within 2 weeks if it was a change by choice). Each time your new tear sheet is released, it should be added to your book and the book on file at your agent’s office.
If you are unaware all the places that your agent might be using your materials, find out immediately. They want you to know and want you to help keep things up to date!
Don’t be the talent who misses the job because you didn’t uphold your end of the bargain. A successful career is here for the taking, but “taking” is an action verb and requires you to be productive. What can you to do to take action today that will keep you in your agent’s line of sight?