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The Myth of Pilot Season

January is upon us and now begins the mad dash to April.  This is the time affectionately known as "Pilot Season".  I use the quotes here because the basic truth is that pilot season is a Brigadoon for most actors, a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every hundred years. Eighty percent of the actors in this town will never experience a real pilot season and most are not prepared to.  I know this is harsh.

 I often ask groups of actors at the seminars I give, if they are really ready to carry a pilot and thereafter a series.  Do you really know what that entails and the incredible pressure that is on you when you are number one on the call sheet? It isn't just about playing your part and doing the best you can.  Very often you will be on every page of the script, every week.  You will have wardrobe fittings, makeup tests, photo shoots, interviews, ADR and still carry the show on set and lead a cast and crew who are counting on the success of this s…

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Face Time

The holidays are here and, though you wouldn't know it from the ring of fire surrounding our office, a good time to get some face time with your agents.  I know it is daunting to add one more thing to your day, but this is the time we are most social and your chance to spend time with the people who represent you.  The business slows down near the holidays.  We have a bit more time to sit and chat with you.

This isn't about gifts.  You can come and hand out holiday cards.  Just come and see your agents and let them see you.  This is your opportunity to meet members of the staff you have not met yet.  Got a new haircut?  Come in and show us.  We are happy to see you.

It can be daunting.  You walk into your agents office with a gift basket from Costco and your agent has twelve huge baskets surrounding them.  You feel like yours doesn't matter or stand out.  We appreciate any gesture.  Come in with a plate of cookies, or if you really want to stand out, bring fruit or real fo…

Submission Control

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The number one question I hear from unrepresented actors is, how do I get an agent?  My answer is, use the people you know.  Using people is the core of this business.  It has bad connotations, but it is the truth.  I use the people i know everyday to get actors into doors that may otherwise not be open.  My friends use me to find the right actors for the role they may be casting.  When they say this business is about who you know, they are not kidding.  But who you know means nothing if you don't use those people to do your business.

You can submit to agents until you are blue in the face.  The envelopes may be opened.  They may not.  And if your submission crosses the right desk at the right time, perhaps you will end up with an agent.  Here are a few simple rules that may help your chances.  Keep your cover letter short and simple.  I read so many letters that are trying to be funny. Just the facts. You don't need to tell me you are looking for representation.  That's …

Everyone Tells Me.....

So I am sitting here listening to Nat King Cole at the Sands and hearing that one of a kind voice.  I am constantly bombarded with actors telling me that EVERYONE they talk to tells them that they should be doing voice overs.  The fact is that if I could find a way to monetize that one statement I could retire and spend my days at a surf shack on some remote tropical island.  I truly believe that all of these actors think they can have a voice career, and they probably can, but they are unwilling to put in the real work.

I can give you a Stradivarius violin, the most amazing instrument in the world, it doesn't mean you are a concert violinist.  You may have been blessed with the most interesting voice on the planet and it doesn't mean you can do voice over.  It takes skill and training to be a successful voice artist.  But the real key to VO success, is reading comprehension.  What is the copywriter trying to say and how can you best help him say it.  You would be amazed at th…

Interview with a Vampire, I Mean Agent.

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Simple statement.  We want you to be good.  Know that going in.  Every agent, casting director, producer, director want you to be the answer.  It may not seem that way, but when we walk out into the waiting room we are on your side.  Now, the truth is that much of the time you lose us and you lose us very quickly.  Why?  Good question.  For me it is mainly because you have failed to be yourself.  You are either trying to be "what I am looking for" or you have been told this is a business and this is an interview and so, like a first date, you aren't being real.  I have had actors come into my office in a suit or shirt and tie.  If you don't wear a shirt and tie everyday then don't wear it to my office.  I get up in the morning and put on a suit.  Five days a week.  51 weeks a year.  I am completely comfortable in a suit.  You probably aren't and so you sit in your meeting with me and I don't get the real you.  Another example is the douche bag who came to…

Inside the Mind

So the real question is WHY?  Why have you chosen this crazy profession?  Why couldn't you find a different passion?  Why wasn't the idea of retail shoes inspiring? After you answer those questions there is a whole nuther set of whys.  Why can't I find an agent?  Why did that actor get the role and I didn't?  Why does the number of people who follow me on Instagram have any relation to my getting booked?  This blog will endeavor to answer some of these questions.  If you have been following me at all on social media you will know that I am guy who will give you the honest truth and tr to tell you what is really going on inside the minds of the people in this industry.  I will try to enlighten you on processes and procedures and give you a lot of hard numbers as to the WHYs.  I have been in the entertainment industry for 35 years and a talent agent for the last 29.  I have represented some of the biggest names in the business and made almost every kind of deal conceivab…