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Wow Tony! I would just like to comment on how much you have affected my life.
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In part 5 of this interview, Ingrid helps us understand why an acting agent or a personal managers will call some actors back after that first interview with them and not others.
Interview with Personal Manager Ingrid French Part 6/12
Tony: Some of my visitors will contact me, frustrated and tell me that they already have representation, but that their acting agent or personal manager really isnt doing much for them. They are not getting sent out on auditions as much as they would like. And they want to know what they should do. What advice would you give to someone like that?
Ingrid: Well, there are a couple things to consider here. It may be that the actor isnt being proactive at all and that he/she is sitting back on the couch waiting for the phone to ring, which puts pressure on the talent agency that is sending them out, but more importantly its about what is the actor doing to promote himself or herself to try and get work?
Today there are so many opportunities to submit yourself electronically that list projects for which you dont necessarily have to have representation. You might also have a friend who knows someone who is casting for a short film or student project or play or any kind of project that maybe you could get in to audition for. So anything you can do on your own is good because then you have something that you can put on a postcard and send to your representation to tell them that you worked on a short film or that you were in a play or worked on some project, your agent will be more excited to see that you are doing something. You could also book a project and turn it over to your agent or manager and of course they would be excited about that too and about the fact that now they get to negotiate the contract for you. When you keep doing things, you will always be in their mind and it wont then be long before they start submitting you more for projects, which will turn into you getting more auditions. Being proactive is really important.
Tony: Some actors will say though: Why do I have to be proactive? If you are my manager (or acting agent), then you should be getting me auditions. Period!
Ingrid: Its the actors job to keep in touch with the agent. If you dont feel that your agent is sending you out as much as you would like or that you are not getting many phone calls, then shoot your agent an e-mail and let them know that you are aware of whats happening in the industry. For example maybe you know that your friend who is a similar type to you got a call for an audition and you didnt and you feel that you would also be right for that project, you could tell your agent that and ask him/her to submit you as well.
So keep in touch with your agent and let them know that you know whats going on in the industry, but do it in a non-intrusive way. Or by letting them know that you know what is going on in the industry by saying something like: Hey I know of a project that is being cast and that I would like to be submitted for. Please let me know what you think. Thats much better than saying: Hey! Remember me? Why havent you been calling me for auditions? Again, its approaching it from a positive and proactive perspective.
You can send an e-mail, which is such a non-intrusive way to communicate with someone. That way if your acting agent is busy and doesnt have time to talk on the phone, they can read the mail when they do have time and then get back to you.
Tony: How do you prefer that your actors keep in touch with you?
Ingrid: Everyone is different, but Im probably a little more of a phone person than most agents and managers. If there is something important that needs to be addressed right away or if its about a specific audition that is happening that day, then a phone call is definitely better. If on the other hand it is just something you want me to be updated on then in that case I prefer e-mail because I can look at it and then get back to the person who sent it either by phone or by e-mail.
End of part 6
As Ingrid says, its important to be aware of the things you can do yourself to get auditions and acting work, if your acting agent isnt sending you out on auditions as much as you would like.
In part 7 of this interview Ingrid French, she talks about the difference between the kinds of auditions you can get from your acting agent and those you can get from a casting website.
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