Feeling optimistic, I drove my butt over to the Samuel French book store to pick up a copy of this falls "Actor's Guide to Agents" book. I wrote a new cover letter and also attached a headshot that I had designed to look like a magazine cover. Everything written on it was a pitch of who I am. Dancer/actor, great at comedy, girl next door, etc. I also attached all of my links and contact information below the picture. I spent days and hours submitting to EVERY single agent in the Los Angeles section that would allow email submissions. BTW, it's 2014, everything should be done electronically. Sending actual hard copies is not only an extremely costly practice, but it is a complete waste of paper that will 9 times out of 10 be thrown in a trash.
For the first time EVER, I got a response right away. Wow! I've done this process many times and I've never gotten a response before let alone an hour later. Boy was this an awesome feeling. The next day I got another response followed by two more the rest of the week. I couldn't believe that I actually had options. This must be how lucky people feel.
After doing some research, and scoping IMDBpro, I noticed that option 1 had a LOT of red flags. There were a lot of really awful things written online by many different people. This was definitely alarming, but I decided that I should set up a meeting to decide for myself. I show up early to the address that was listed on Google and I couldn't find the office I was supposed to be going to. I wandered the area for about 10 minutes until I called them up and realized that their office was listed incorrectly on Google than on their website. They knew about this, but why hadn't it been fixed? Well, as my luck would have it, I missed my meeting because I was at the wrong location. Oops.
Let's move on to my next meeting with option 2. We schedule a meeting in Glendale early Thursday the morning. Glendale is not the easiest to get to from where I live. This was the second time we have had to reschedule because the agent I was meeting with had a family emergency in Colorado. 150% understandable. After getting ready, sitting in morning rush hour traffic and preparing a scene I show up at his office ready for my meeting. Specific instructions from the email say to call from the lobby when I arrive. Once I freshened up in the ladies room, I made the phone call and it went straight to his voicemail. I left a message and sat around for 15 minutes assuming he will send someone down when he is ready. Nothing. So I call again and it went straight to his voicemail. Hm.
Then, I ask some of the girls working in the downstairs lobby if they could call him. Maybe I misunderstood the directions and they were supposed to make the call for me. Their response was, "oh, he's out of town". Followed by my eyes widening the size of Texas, "no, we rescheduled for today. He said he would be here". Confused, I sat down for another 10 minutes hoping I'll see someone coming to get me within the next few minutes. Nobody came, but my phone finally rang. Turns out he had to return to Colorado and apparently the 3rd rescheduling email he sent last night did not go through. Or in other words, "I forgot to send it".
*We did end up meeting and just chatting for about 25 minutes. He never had me read the scene he asked me to prepare, but he did offer me commercial representation.
Option 3 did not respond to any my follow up emailS.
Time to set up a meeting with option 4. It was an agency that I have never heard of before, but I wanted to give it a shot. He had me prepare THREE scenes before my meeting. For an agency that nobody has ever heard of, that is quite a lot. But whatever, lets do it! The agent I met with is a young guy. Not only is he an agent, but it is his agency. This could be good. He's young, fresh, and probably ready to work. They just opened their theatrical department last month and are looking for new clients. This was perfect. I liked the idea of being fresh on someones mind as opposed to being lost in the crowd. He offered me both commercial and theatrical representation right then and there. This has NEVER happened to me.
I'll spare your curiosity. This is who I decided to go with for a 90 day trial contract. If at the end of 90 days I haven't gone out and made X amount of money I can leave and go elsewhere if I choose. The decision to go with this agency can either be really good or just so so. Because they're new, they can either be 1) completely young, unprofessional and naive- I didn't get that vibe from them at all 2) lack connections or 3) incredibly motivated and ready to work.
I guess time will tell. Unfortunately, it is holiday season so I'm not sure how much work is out there right now anyways. I'll keep you posted and feel free to share your stories. If you have any suggestions, questions, or comments, let me know!