Remember that kid in the back of the classroom who would always raise their hand to answer the question? The guy who you could count on every day to do something ridiculous to get attention? Those “squeaky wheel” types make themselves known . . . and even as kids, we learn the value in being noticed or known.
So what is a talent to do when experiencing a famine of opportunities to cast or book work? Burying your head in the sand isn’t an effective way to drown your fears!
Any extended amount of time that lapses without an opportunity for you is time that could be spent preparing. But when that lapse of time reaches an uncomfortable length, talent need to take action. Of course, action requires physical effort on the talent’s part!
Instead of drowning your fears in a tub of rocky road, try sending some positive reminders to your agent. The same as you would send a thank you note to production to keep your face familiar, try it with your agent!
Sure, coffee is nice and there is a time for such a gesture, but most agents would rather be excited and motivated by your abilities. Tape yourself doing an impressive monologue! Find something they may not have seen you do and send it to them asking for feedback.
Even a simple email asking if they have headshots on file; if a resume could use being revamped; or if there is anything else you could be working on to elevate your craft are all great ways to say “Hey, it’s me! I’m here! I hope you think of me often and I’m ready to be auditioning!”
And then don’t expect an immediate response. The longer you sit in their inbox, the longer your name is on their mind, so hang tight and know that you are doing your part. That agent will be calling when someone is hunting in your demographic. And finally, the professional “squeaky wheel” will be the one to get the attention when the opportunity arrives. Happy squeaking is most productive!