Having your marketing materials in good condition is one thing you can control as the talent in an industry with so many subjective variables. Another variable the talent can control is being timely and helping casting stay on schedule. Again, Mercedes Rose, blogger for Backstage Unscripted, shares her experience from the perspective of casting.
A pro actor shows up on time, prepared. We saw over 75 actors total from beginning to end. But we had 95 scheduled. You do the math. Wait- you might be as bad at math as I am... according to my handy calculator, that is about 20 actors that didn't show up. 4 contacted their agent to let us know. The rest? We call those "no shows". The producer asked me to make a list for him of all the names of those that were a no-show. He posted it above his desk under sign reading "don't accept checks from". He has a funny sense of humor. About half of all the actors were late to their scheduled time. The two that finally booked the spot were early. Coincidence? Maybe.
Be Timely. Get Booked.
How do you ensure you are early to all of your professional commitments?