Timing: Finding a talent agent / Changing talent agencies
When is the best time of year for seeking a (new) manager and/or agent?
Before and after pilot season. And… early to mid-summer.
During the summer months casting slows. Agents and managers are freer to explore expanding their client lists. During this sluggish semester talent represntatives, aside from sitting at their desks surfing the web, are seeking new clients while dumping troubled and lackluster clients. Dropping actors who have a history of:
– Being high-maintenance
– Not returning emails, texts, and or calls regarding audition appointments
– Under-performing (i.e. call-back ratio is low, actor doesn’t book jobs that are commisionable)
June to July’s end is the best time for actors without representation (or represented actors seeking a change) to seek their champion.
Agents and managers are more receptive to taking on new clients before the hustle of pitching for projects resumes late July, mid-August. There’s no better time of year for seeking an a (new) champion of your talent, fully prepared with revamped marketing materials and honed interview skills.
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