Open Letter to Actors Regarding Availability

February 24, 2012

Hey Actors.


Have you ever stopped for a moment to ponder how your agent makes money?


Is there a secret talent agent payment company that allows her to pay her bills on time? Did she win the lottery to keep that fancy downtown office? Nope. None of the above. She makes a living by, drumroll please, …YOU!


This brings me to the point of my post — Availability. Or, why you need a flexible schedule if you want to keep acting.


Rightfully so, in this down economy and small-sized market, an actor needs a day job. However, if your boss requires you wear a ball and chain fromĀ 9 – 5, you’ll be unable to audition, book jobs, and consequently, unable to keep your agent interested in you.


“Oh, but I have SO MUCH talent, you say!” Well, all that talent is wasted if you continually back out of auditions or are simply unavailable.


I’m sure I speak for most agents when I say that beyond your sparkling personality and super professionalism, being open for auditions is imperative to the business of acting. When I send an audition notice to an actor, all I want to hear back is “I’ll be there.” Extra credit if the response is “I’ll be there AND I’ll book it.”


Your agent only makes a dime when you make a dollar. If you don’t make the audition, you cannot book the job. If no one books the job, no money is made. Oddly enough, rent and expenses keep piling up. You do the math. Right now, there are more agencies, more actors, and less production in Austin than in the past. More than ever, each audition you attend counts a great deal.


Be happy you have a regular paycheck coming in from that 9 – 5 pursuit. But please don’t bother getting an agent when she needs you for hers.


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