Hiring Someone to Help
It's hard to know who to trust out there! And it's also hard to figure out how to get someone to work with you when it's based on commission and you're not directly paying them - like an agent. So here's my advice:
- I need an agent and/or manager.
- Don't know how to get an agent or manager? It's simpler than you think. You need to be hyper focused with who you're going to target. First, ensure your marketing materials are all in order (headshot, resume, website, etc.). Next, figure out which agents you want to focus on. Then, see if you can find actors they currently represent by googling for them, and then take these actors out for coffee and chat with them. For the next few months, keep in touch with the actors and try to go to any pay-to-play auditions with the agent. Then after few months, ask the actors if they wouldn't mind introducing you to the agent. That's the quickest way, but be sure that you're a good fit for them and they're a good fit for you! Ask the actor about their experience working with the agent to ensure they'll be a good fit for you.
- The people I'm networking or meeting with are not actually helpful for my career.
- Then why are you still networking with and meeting them? Chances are, if you are going to FREE events, you're going to meet people who aren't very serious about their career. Instead go to paid events and you'll start meeting higher-level people. Why? Because higher level people know they need to INVEST in themselves.
- I don't want to be BS'ed by people giving simple tips and suggestions. I want real results and strategy, someone who is committed to rolling up their sleeves and going all the way.
- Email me and we'll talk. I roll up my sleeves and create real strategy for my actors. If you don't want to work with me, ask whoever you're considering questions point blank and get answers from them. See if they're serious and see if they offer some sort of money-back guarantee. Sign up to my mailing list if you want actionable steps that aren't just random quick tips.
- Most people out there who promise to help me get an agent or land a recurring role are probably just trying to get something out of me.
- True for some, but definitely not all. Just do your homework.
- I don’t know who to trust.
- Do your homework. Ask for referrals. Look up reviews online.
- If I invest money into a training program and it doesn’t help me, I’d feel foolish for wasting my money or time.
- That's a limiting belief. It's best to take risks and try things out. If you're afraid to ever feel foolish or have something fail, you'll never take risks and you'll stay stuck. Most honest coaches or consultants will save you YEARS of time in exchange for a few WEEKS worth of your pay. Is that worth it to you? And remember this quote: "The biggest difference between those who move forward and those who stay stuck is that those who stay stuck value money more than time. Those who move forward value time more than money because they understand you can always get more money, but you can NEVER get more time."
- I don’t know whether I should trust certain people or not, or whether they know what they’re doing.
- Look at question 5.