This marks my 25th blog since I started in this Spring. If you've ever wondered why I write this blog, I'll tell you. 1) Because I want to share with my fellow artists and entertainers my experiences, struggles, and success'. Perhaps they will avoid a mistake that I have made, or maybe I am doing something that they like and will want to try. 2) It's kind of cool for friends and family members not in the entertainment business to get a bit of insider info. To hear the stories nobody talks about and what you don't get to see or hear about on the Kardashians. *Note* I do not watch their show. There's only so much nonsense I can handle. 3) I plan on taking all of my blogs and turning them into a book in a few years. How cool would it be to have a series regular role on a tv show and my fans (if I have them) could read, directly from me, the journey it took for me to get to that point. I like to plan ahead. Also, it's on my bucket list to write a book :)
Moving on. One of the most difficult things for me has been finding representation. I've heard every excuse in the book as to why an agency won't take me on.
-You're too green (not enough experience)
-Not pretty enough
-Too white..."plain". In case you haven't noticed I'm not quite ethnically ambiguous or "exotic" looking. And by ethnically ambiguous they specifically mean Eurasian or Mulatto.
-Your credits aren't strong enough, you don't have any TV credits. Um, well, how do I get TV credits without representation, that's why I'm here. Catch 22.
-Already have someone on my roster just like you <--This one WAY too often. Damn you brunettes.
-I am having a hard enough time getting my current clients work <--Also this
-Just not interested in your look
For my current look and age range, I am a dime a stinkin dozen. If you don't have a connection, or look like Megan Fox, it's going to be really hard for you. And yes, I've also heard that before. My search has taken me YEARS. I have even had several friends refer me to their representation with no luck. Maybe I am too ugly, inexperienced, untalented, etc? Psych. You can't let that stuff sink in too much, although if you are going through a similar struggle, I can relate to how you feel. Stay strong, its ROUGH and it can take a mental beating on you.
I don't believe I am a lazy person, but after you've spent weeks making dozens and dozens of phone calls, sending out mass emails, follow up phone calls and no response, it might be a good time to take a little break. Maybe it's time to update pictures, or redo a resume or work on your reel. I've even tried dying my hair red and changing up my look to have a little "less" competition and to "stand out more". That didn't really do much besides leave me with orange hair once the red faded.
I've never really figured out why it has been such a struggle for me. I am professional (ALWAYS on time and quick to respond to phone calls and emails. Apparently this is rare in Los Angeles), I have a personal website for myself, business cards if I ever needed to hand them out, all my sites are updated, I have over 20+ IMDB credits and my reels are updated. I can assure you, I don't sit around twiddling my thumbs waiting for the phone to magically start ringing with job offers. I'm not really sure what the "issue" was, but I decided to give it another shot. Sometimes persistence, obsession, and fear of failure is key.
Breakdown Services aka Actors Access has a program called "Talent link" where you pay them an additional $35 (on top of your monthly or yearly subscription) and they will post your picture, resume, etc once a week for managers and agents looking for new clients to see. It was worth a shot so I signed up. The problem with this is that they don't change up the order in which the pictures are posted. Since I signed up towards the end of the month, my picture was towards the bottom of the 40 person pack of actors. The gal on the other end of the phone kept assuring me that agents "actually do scroll down to look at everybody", but if they're anything like me, they'll lose interest and stop half way through. I admit, my attention span is not good.
I ended up getting two responses over throughout month. I emailed them both right away. One never returned my follow up, ever, and the other just wasn't right for me. Beggars can still be choosers :)
Stay tuned for part 2 next week