Category Archives: The Agent Perspective

The Role Isn’t An Exact Fit… Should You Still Submit?

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What should you have settled before your move to LA? The role isn’t an exact fit… Should you still submit? Amy answers these questions and more on this week’s Ask Amy! Each week Amy answers your questions here! Do you need acting technique tips or career advice? Send them here: AskAmyLyndon@gmail.com. Amy Lyndon is a […]

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FBF – What Your Agent Does For You

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Many actors are unclear as to exactly what they can expect of their agents.  Let’s go back into the vault for a refresher. Getting an agent is the hard part, right? (see Doing the Impossible: Getting an Agent ) You spend ages sending your pictures and resumes to every agent listed, you ask casting directors, […]

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Are You Ready For Representation?

Being an actor is like running a business. You are the CEO, and are in charge of building and growing your company and brand. Like most new businesses, you start small and once you have enough work and income, you can expand the company, which will eventually entail hiring additional employees. In the case of […]

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How to Pass Like a Pro: Part II

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In Part I, we discussed the general use of passing and how it’s commonly used to turn down projects or certain steps of the casting process. However, the uses of passing doesn’t end there, and knowing when to strategically pass can literally alter the trajectory of your career–for better or worse.  Advanced Passing Mechanics When […]

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How to Pass Like a Pro: Part I

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Typically, whenever you hear about someone like Angelina Jolie “passing” on a big studio film you think, “Yeah, she’s Angelia Jolie, she can do whatever project she wants to do. It’s not like she needs the money.” Yes, for those types of actors, that is often the case. A-list actors tend to have the luxury […]

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Agents vs. Managers: What’s the Difference, and Which One Do I Need??

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Entering the world of professional acting can feel a little like stepping through the proverbial looking glass: suddenly, you’ve been thrust into a fast-paced, highly competitive arena with its own rules, procedures, and terminology.  Even if you acted in community productions or in school (actually, especially if you did), you’re likely to find that making […]

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Commercial Agents In Depth

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In our previous article, Your Own Personal A-Team, we discussed other types of representation on top of your standard theatrical reps (agents/managers). Lawyers, publicists, personal assistants, and business managers can make fantastic additions to your ‘team’, especially when your career gets to a certain level. However, one other type of rep that we haven’t discussed […]

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So You’ve Been “Dropped”: What it Means for Your Self Esteem and, More Importantly, Your Career

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“I’m sorry,” your agent says (but they don’t sound sorry at all!), “we’re going to have to drop you. It’s just not working out.” Being dropped sounds just as awful as it is—it means, simply, that your agent and/or manager has decided to “drop” you from their roster. This could be for many reasons: they’ve […]

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How to Send an Unsolicited Submission

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Getting an agent/manager is an often tricky thing. Although most boutique-level companies have a pretty open submission policy (usually consisting of mailing/emailing your submission package), pretty much every upper-tier company (the places that you want to get into) have the dreaded “no unsolicited submissions” policy. In case you’re new to the acting world, when a […]

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The Role of the Casting Director

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The casting director is the first key personnel (or “key” in industry terms) hired when a film is in pre-production. The casting director, or CD, usually has ten or twelve weeks of uninterrupted time with the director to set the cast. This is the director’s first and potentially most important creative collaboration before he/she works […]

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