Had an agent meeting last Monday, they said they would let me know a decision by Thursday.
I never heard back by Thursday so I sent a follow up email. Still have not heard back.
Should I take this as a sign of them not wanting to rep me?
The meeting went VERY WELL and she seemed like she was true to what she said about letting me know ASAP.
I already have another offer from a different agency, but would rather work with this one.
What I don't want to happen is tell this other agency yes and then Finally the agency I really want to work with gets back to me and says yes.
Everyone is very busy with pilot season.
It's the tail end of pilot season and the world doesn't revolve around you.
And for God's sake, they're just one day late in getting back to you and you're already bugging them about a response? Nice job. You've just tagged yourself as a needy actor and that could alter the outcome.
Secret Agent Man
Back Stage Columnist
In the age of communication it's not exactly hard to drop a line, especially if you said you would. It's called professionalism. Agents expects a professional behavior from actors - why can't the same be expected from agents?
I can totally sympathize with the OP although I probably would've given the agent a few days after the said date - as it is pilot season and she could be swamped.
Devil's Advocate here! Let me see if I can motivate these actions for you.
An actor ultimately has to care for himself in order to grow their business. An agent has to care for an entire roster of actors. Good business sense, in this case, is to focus on your actual roster, since that is what will potentially make you money in the short-term -- pilot season, that is. While I agree that it's grating not to get a promised response, we should also be aware that it's not a mental priority for them.
Patience, the least common virtue among creatives.
I agree but unfortunately the op should take a hint and he already made the move to e-mail them again so it's probably over for at least three months. It's easier for them to just ignore you op; I've been there too so don't let it get to you.
just another actor..
Yes, and I know from my office days that it's really easy to forget that you said you'd respond to someone. But you know, I have no idea who this agent is, but if you say "I will get back to you by Thursday" then that means you should get back to them by Thursday. If they are really busy then it's easy to be honest, "Now, I will try and get back to you by Thursday, but it's pilot season and I am pretty swamped, so it might take a few extra days."
Is that really so hard?
What a thoughtless, rude response that was!
The poster is needy because she is inquiring about the response promised to her? It's not like she sent five emails. Taking an assertive stance is not needy, it is necessary. So it's pilot season? The agent took the meeting during this time! Furthermore the potential client was told they would have an answer by such and such a time. The day came and went and the potential client took some control! If the agent doesn't respond in a relatively timely manor then you have your answer.
Aren't you an agent? It's pilot season and you are able to continuously respond to posts on this board!
I agree w/ Full.
"I'ts pilot season" ....umm, AND?...?
You know, I'm seriously so sick of actors getting treated like shit. e.g. being told that they are "needy" because they send a follow-up email. Come on. Its just SUPER disrespectful. I am tired of agents complaining about actors, when a lot of agents are the ones with the super tacky, unprofessional, and dishonest behavior.
As long as it's polite, I don't think a simple follow up email is that bad. Particularly if it comes after the day the agent was supposed to let them know.
WOW! I guess I should of said it was for a commercial agent and the fact that it is pilot season does not matter.
And yeah This is my life, I'm not going to sit around and wait for that email or phone to ring.
I am also sick of the constant unprofessional behavior by agents and managers when they expect us to me so beyond professional.
This agent knew I had other meetings and said they would get back to me with an answer I freaking expect an answer ASAP. I have other offers now, so snooze you lose! Yes I would rather work with this agency, but sometimes you have to go with your second choice.
AND PLUS, the follow up email was very respectful and non needy sounding! It's not like I said, "You were supposed to let me know yesterday, What's Up?" NO!!!! I didn't!
I am not going to put down what I wrote in case this agent checks these boards, but again it was very nice, respectful and professional.
My son's top commercial agent took weeks to get back to him--said he should "call Friday". He figured it was a blow off and let it go after a few calls. Then he booked something on his own. Called them again and eventually got signed.
It is a busy, ruthless business and if civility is crucial to your happiness this is not the business for you. It's a rude one. Go with it the best you can and when you are in a position of power you can reward those who were decent.
To OP - Good luck. Sounds like you will have a commercial agent soon.
P.S. Maybe email your top choice and let them know you have now have other offers, but are still interested in signing with them based on the meeting. Maybe you will get a good response.
the agent didn't get back to you? there's your answer.
you'd rather sign with this agent? why would you rather be with an agent you have to chase down, instead of signing with an agent who tells you right away he wants to sign you.
Because one can get you top auditions and the other might not have the same clout?
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