Three Agent Tips
by Dallas Travers, CEC
One of the most common complaints I hear from actors involves finding the right representation. Snagging a solid agent or manager can be tricky, time consuming, and expensive. A lot of actors experience the old catch-22: “I need an agent to get work and I need work to land an agent”. What’s an actor to do?
Whether you feel like you don’t have enough time or money to grab the attention of an agent, or you question whether or not you’re ready for representation, you can begin planting seeds with prospective agents easily and inexpensively. All you need to do is commit to these small steps.
Apply a Laser Beam Focus
I’m a big believer in “doing less more often”, so narrow your agent list to a manageable target group of about 10 agencies. Ask for recommendations from fellow actors and any industry connections, such as casting directors, producers, acting coaches, etc. Do you have a peer with representation whose career you admire? Research their agency. The Hollywood Creative Directory, available as a reference book in many libraries, and IMDB Pro are good resources to help locate names and contact information for anyone in the industry. Don’t forget to plug in to online forums such as the Hollywood Happy Hour Yahoo Group. You will be amazed by how easily you can access up to date information about any agent you may be researching.
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It looks like HBO‘s In Treatment might be the first casualty of New York’s roll back of the tax credits.
With Fringe recently leaving for Vancouver, New York is in a panic.
The executive producer of In Treatment series said he will yank the show and its 70 jobs from the Big Apple if Gov. Paterson doesn’t fund the state’s 30 percent tax credit for TV and movie production.
The producer, Warren Leight, said the four episodes left to film this season will be the last in New York if the money isn’t forthcoming – he is ready to take California’s tax credit cash and move 3,000 miles away.
“Not knowing what’s happening here is scary for them,” Leight says of his crew, all of which are New Yorkers hired recently when the show moved its production from Los Angeles-specifically because of the tax credits.
If the tax credits are not funded during the budget battle in the statehouse, tens of thousands of acting jobs could be lost here. Paterson raised the tax credit from 10 percent to 30 percent in 2007. He appropriated $460 million to finance it through 2013 – but those funds lasted just 10 months.
Now the Empire State Development Corp., which oversees the program, is proposing a $100 million annual cap, a drop in the bucket as far as the film industry is concerned. In fact, nationally and internationally there is a battle royale brewing over film and TV production.
“Acting is not like riding a bike. You can’t just hop right back on and do it again. Not for me, anyway. You reacquaint yourself with it each time.”
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