Rebecca Shrager founder and CEO of The People Store along with several of her casting directors, Rick Estimond VP, and talent Ms. Carla Fisher, offered valuable information to those in attendance at this hour long Creative Conference session held Monday April 4th at the Plaza Theatre. If you are aspiring to enter into the TV, Film, or Entertainment Industry, do you need and agent? The audience learned the answer to this question.
What is an agent? An agent facilitates opportunities for you to work in the business. Establishing a good relation with an agent is a must! Coming to the table prepared is a must! What does that mean? Be responsive, have professional headshot's done. This is very crucial and well worth the $200 or so investment into professional headshots. A little secret, not having professional headshots could stop you right in your tracks for any opportunities for future work.
A lot of the work nowadays is submitted electronically especially in the Atlanta area as opposed to the New York area where walk in auditions are still the norm. Most submissions now require self-taping which means you will need to find someone to tape your audition. The audition should be no more than two minutes long.
Once you are signed with an agent you generally meet with an office manager, sign a contract and complete some additional material. The panel stated that the majority of the commercial work here in Atlanta is non-union. The panel urged, those in attendance, to evaluate all aspects when considering union work
Success, we've all heard, is where preparation meets opportunity so before you walk into an agency looking for an agent, be prepared! You have to work on your craft consistently. Preparation! Preparation! Preparation! What else can you do to secure an agent? Position yourself where agents can see you do your thing. Get exposure and get in front of agents through plays independent films and student films etc. Good luck!
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