Always be prepared when an agent calls you for a Go-See, Audition, Interview or Booking.
Here are a few tips to making your working relationship with your agent a good one.
(1) Have at least two ways to contact you, so there is a back up. Make sure the agent has these primary and secondary options for you. These are good choices to use: a fully charged smart phone such as iPhone, Droid, Blackberry, texting, and, still, a land line.
(2) Have an industry-dedicated email address. Be able to receive a message within 30 minutes of it being sent to you -- and get back to that agent within 30 minutes.
(3) Pay all your bills so everything is working. And add these tertiary options (no kidding and only to your agent): emergency contacts such as a parent, boyfriend/girlfriend, if you hang out in a local bar, etc. It could be the difference between landing a great job and nothing!
(4) Have a pen (that writes) and paper handy (larger than a Post-It). Have an extra pen handy just in case your first pen runs out of ink. Similarly as advised above about emails/texts: return immediately.
(5) If your agent leaves you a message, listen to the message first (!) and then call back immediately! It could be a matter of a booking or at least a potential booking. Also keep in mind, some agents may call 10 actors for 5 audition slots. The first 5 that call back get the audition. Were you one of them? Point made.
(6) When calling your agent back, say: "This is 'so-and-so' returning 'so-and-so's' call regarding a casting (for whatever). Saves a lot of needless questioning on their part to you. You are now low maintenance and on the "quick-call" list!
(7) Make sure you write the information down, and then repeat back the information that the agent gives you. This will confirm all the information. And have an app such Google Maps, Siri (on your iPhones), HopStop, etc.on your smart phone to help guide you to your destination -- and reliable transportation, of course!
(8) Make sure you have your date book or Droid/Blackberry/iPhone with you. Check the dates that they ask you about. Once you have commited, your agent cannot "uncommit" you. It makes your life easier if you don't double book yourself.
Are your conversations with your agent seemless and easy? Take all the big hints to heart and see how simple our life can get!