While working on this set of blog posts, The Avenue had a relevant experience while interviewing a young talent. Although discussing the situation wasn’t in my outline, I didn’t want to lose the opportunity to show relevance in the subject of preparation.
I interviewed a young actor for a position on The Avenue’s roster. We will call the actor Jane to protect the name of the guilty party. I found myself lost in a movie breakdown, knowing that my chain of thoughts would soon be interrupted by an appointment with a new talent. After a while, I looked up at the clock to realize that it was 15 minutes past the appointment time we had settled on. Assuming that the actor was not going to show, I carried on further into the casting. After another 10 minutes, I was jolted out of my focus by a rapping on my office door. It was Jane, who announced upon seeing my face that she was here for an interview. I chose to wait to address the tardiness and gave Jane the paperwork she needed while I found a new stopping place in my casting breakdown.
During our interview, Jane told me how accomplished she was. She had lived and worked in various markets, including Los Angeles. She knew how this business worked and she was too talented to just be in The Avenue’s “new faces” division. Well, that was what Jane told me, anyway.
“Speaking of your talent, I’d like to see your monologue,” I said. Jane stood up, holding a ripped up piece of paper with scribble pencil marks on it and began to READ what was written in pencil from the page. There were moments when Jane would remember she should be acting and might give a flair of regard to being in character, but they were mere moments.
We need go no farther with the experience that Jane and I had together during this interview. One point that I hope you take from this story is that industry professionals (agents, CDs, ad agents, directors, producers, talent coordinators, et al.) give little value to what a talent says. Much value, in contrast, is placed on what a talent does. Having to tell anyone that you are an actor . . . or a model . . . or a good person . . . or a professional is not a good sign. Actions speak louder than words – show us and we will know by experience.
Another point that I hope you glean is that preparation is no light matter. Spending your time trying to make up for a bad first impression will waste years of your opportunities as an actor. Being confidently shown through open doors because we believe in you, can launch a career faster than anything else. Preparation + Opportunity = Success. You read this blog because you want to be prepared. Opportunity will present itself. Will you be ready to turn it into Success?