Once again, stripping the panic back in a scary situation and sticking to the universal truths set up to protect the talent are easier to identify when things are simplified, as the “For Dummies” series focuses on doing in so many other fields of work.
Things don’t always go smoothly in the production world. A talent doesn’t show up. Some key individual ends up with the stomach flu. Permits on a location can be pulled unexpectedly. Last minute fires are a way of life in entertainment, which not only makes flexibility an asset in this industry, but can also put talent in a less than desirable situation on a moment’s notice. When your bat signal needs to go up and nerves start to flutter, who you gonna call? Your agent or manager! (Sometimes we feel like the Ghost Busters, but we wouldn’t go so far as to give ourselves superhero status.)
Basically, any question that starts with, “When _______ happens to me as a talent, who should I contact” can be answered with the phrase “your agent or manager”. When you are panicked about something unrelated to your work as a talent, we probably can’t help, granted. Keeping your agent or manager in the loop when anything out of the expected happens is vital to your partnership and career. If it isn’t an immediate emergency, a simple follow up email might suffice, but knowing all the little things can help you both walk the path of least resistance together. And less resistance means more open doors, which of course translates into more opportunity!