Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Deadlock


I met with a 2nd agent from DGRW tonight (there are 4 total)- and I am not sure what exactly to think about the meeting. He was really nice, and during the Q&A I felt drawn to the agency for the same reasons I was drawn to it with agent #1 that I met about a month ago: They take on a sort of managerial role with their clients- they like to develop clients and hold onto them for a long time, and all 4 agents work for each client, so you get 4 times the effort from this powerhouse office. The only sign clients (no freelancing) which I love, and they have a great reputation for both musical theater and film/TV.

When I auditioned for agent #1, I knew he loved me- we had a great conversation and seemed to really click. This agent was more difficult to read, though. He seemed to like my monologue but didn’t seem to love it. He seemed to like my resume (and credits) and asked me who took my headshot and how long ago it was taken, but didn’t give an indication of what he thought one way or another. He was definitely in control of the session, so much so that when he was done asking questions, he set aside my photo and said, “Well, I’ll take a look at your reel online and be in touch if I have any questions.” I certainly could have asked some questions, but you sometimes get a vibe that it would be better to move on. I got that vibe, so that is what I did.

Now, a best case scenario (and the most likely scenario, actually) is that this agent will go back to the office and ask agent #1 what he thought about me. Hopefully this leads to a good conversation about what I have to offer- not only am I versatile, but I am also a strong auditioner with good credits, and I am a workhorse. I know exactly who I am and what I bring to the table. And I am in this for the long haul, so an agency will be able to make money off me quickly and for many years to come.

Never assuming I have anything in the bag, I just scheduled 8 more agent sessions, both legit and commercial, for the month of April. And I am still doing the monthly follow up with the 20 agents and 45 casting directors with whom I have already started building relationships.

See, this is why I have no social life. Poor Tom.

2 comments:

  1. He sounds like one of those no-nonsense kind of guys. He listened, got what he wanted and then moved on.

    So will you have to audition for all 4 agents before they make a decision?

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  2. Sort of. The next step would be for one of them to call me in for a longer one on one interview. Then, if they want to move forward, I would go in for a meeting with all 4 agents. Then, they would discuss the meeting after I left and come up with a decision. So, trying to meet each one separately at these networking seminars are a good way to get my foot in the door so I can try to stack the odds in my favor.

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