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Marlon Brando
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Originally posted by makemefamous:
I really don't get why you have waited so long to take at least one commercial class. It seems like it would make things easier on you to take one so it can go on your resume with your other training. If you wrote something to that effect that's fine but it still doesn't make sense since most people start with a commercial class or take it pretty quickly after they arrive in LA.

5 years in LA and sucks at cold reading? Hmm...
 
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I am currently repped by dpm. I wanted to add to this discussion that as a woman, Daniel has been nothing but nice to me and was enthusiastic about signing me. However, I have had very few auditions and am starting to look elsewhere. I don't love his personality - if he were getting me out on auditions I wouldn't really care.
 
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Glenn Close
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I am currently repped by dpm. I wanted to add to this discussion that as a woman, Daniel has been nothing but nice to me and was enthusiastic about signing me. However, I have had very few auditions and am starting to look elsewhere. I don't love his personality - if he were getting me out on auditions I wouldn't really care.


I really can't handle the typo in your name.
 
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I signed with them back in 2008, I believe. I really didn't know much about the business yet and I trusted them. I was with them for a year and had gone out on ZERO auditions. When I asked them about it, they used the economy excuse "...gas prices are high, Dr. Pepper doesn't want to spend money on the shipment of product, and then don't want to make commercials.." or some BS like that. I sought advice from my mentor and I left. But I was self submitting and couldnt find another agency. In 2010, I thought, maybe the economy is getting better and maybe I could go back to DPM and things would be better. He accepted me back and my interview was positive. But six months in, I still hadn't gone on a single audition. I also self submitted to a spanish audition. I notified him that I went on the audition and he was very surprised because he didn't know I spoke spanish...IT WAS ON MY RESUME!!! As I was still not going on auditions, I asked him about it and he used that SAME BS excuse about the economy and gas prices. I left and found a better agent and am getting a lot more auditions.
 
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Harrison Ford
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Syphus - I agree with you.

Ocho-wan kenobi - Serves you right for making the same mistake twice.


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Nicholas Cage
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I signed with them back in 2008, I believe. I really didn't know much about the business yet and I trusted them. I was with them for a year and had gone out on ZERO auditions. When I asked them about it, they used the economy excuse "...gas prices are high, Dr. Pepper doesn't want to spend money on the shipment of product, and then don't want to make commercials.." or some BS like that. I sought advice from my mentor and I left. But I was self submitting and couldnt find another agency. In 2010, I thought, maybe the economy is getting better and maybe I could go back to DPM and things would be better. He accepted me back and my interview was positive. But six months in, I still hadn't gone on a single audition. I also self submitted to a spanish audition. I notified him that I went on the audition and he was very surprised because he didn't know I spoke spanish...IT WAS ON MY RESUME!!! As I was still not going on auditions, I asked him about it and he used that SAME BS excuse about the economy and gas prices. I left and found a better agent and am getting a lot more auditions.


Ocho-wan Kenobi, How can you possibly be "getting a lot more auditions" in Seattle? Theres hardly any mainstream films/ or TV up there
 
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First of all, Secret Agent Man, I admit it was a mistake by I was pretty green back then. I defenintly took it as a learning experience. But I've moved on and am doing better things.

Second,

Ocho-wan Kenobi, How can you possibly be "getting a lot more auditions" in Seattle? Theres hardly any mainstream films/ or TV up there[/QUOTE]

I hope that was an honest question and not a sarcastic one. But I'll give you the Benicia of the doubt. For many reasons, my a ring career was not happening in LA. There were many things against me. But I hady training. So I decided to find a smaller market with hopes of jump starting my career. And I found it in Seattle. Now, just to be clear, yes, there aren't many TV/Film productions in Seattle as there are in LA. But that doesn't mean that an actor can't possibly find as much work. There are many corporate filming for companies like Boieng, Microsoft, and Nintendo. I was apart of an anti bullying campaign for schools. A national commercial was filmed for ford in Tacoma. I have had 2 auditions for Grimm in Portland Oregan, and an audition and booking for a commercial in Portland. I have done VO work for an insurance company. So, you see, there is work in smaller markets and I (OR ANY ACTOR) CAN FIND WORK OUTSIDE OF LA. it's been the best thing I have ever done for my career. I have done more work in my short 8 months of living in the. Pacific NorthWest than I ever have in my 6 years of pursuing acting in LA. I got lost in the pile in LA as most actors do. I hope to go back to. LA and do bigger productions. But, I firmly believe you do not have to be in LA to "make it" or to "possibly" be getting more more auditions. Sure, I may have some good luck right now, and it may slow way down tomorrow, but I think I'm doing fine in a smaller market and believe it will pay off and advance me to bigger productions elsewhere (LA/NY).
 
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I know there are a lot of typos in my last post. I was typing and deep in thought on an iPhone and didn't really catch all of them. I apologize.
 
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Nicholas Cage
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Originally posted by ocho-wan kenobi:

Ocho-wan Kenobi, How can you possibly be "getting a lot more auditions" in Seattle? Theres hardly any mainstream films/ or TV up there


I hope that was an honest question and not a sarcastic one. But I'll give you the Benicia of the doubt. For many reasons, my a ring career was not happening in LA. There were many things against me. But I hady training. So I decided to find a smaller market with hopes of jump starting my career. And I found it in Seattle. Now, just to be clear, yes, there aren't many TV/Film productions in Seattle as there are in LA. But that doesn't mean that an actor can't possibly find as much work. There are many corporate filming for companies like Boieng, Microsoft, and Nintendo. I was apart of an anti bullying campaign for schools. A national commercial was filmed for ford in Tacoma. I have had 2 auditions for Grimm in Portland Oregan, and an audition and booking for a commercial in Portland. I have done VO work for an insurance company. So, you see, there is work in smaller markets and I (OR ANY ACTOR) CAN FIND WORK OUTSIDE OF LA. it's been the best thing I have ever done for my career. I have done more work in my short 8 months of living in the. Pacific NorthWest than I ever have in my 6 years of pursuing acting in LA. I got lost in the pile in LA as most actors do. I hope to go back to. LA and do bigger productions. But, I firmly believe you do not have to be in LA to "make it" or to "possibly" be getting more more auditions. Sure, I may have some good luck right now, and it may slow way down tomorrow, but I think I'm doing fine in a smaller market and believe it will pay off and advance me to bigger productions elsewhere (LA/NY).[/QUOTE]

I guess I was just referring to Network TV shows and Studio films, b/c other than Grimm, I knew there wasn't much of that going up there.

The other stuff is nice as far as a paycheck, but be warned, CD's and solid Agents down here are going to really only care what mainstream work you booked in this town
 
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Robert DeNiro
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I was with DPM for a year. I think I was sent on 2 or 3 auditions for the whole year. I left. I get many more auditions commercially through my manager now.

I didn't appreciate DPM's general emails to all clients via LAcasting, stating that if you don't make auditions you will be dropped, etc. Basically threats. If they had issues with certain clients, they should have addressed the issues independently, not through general emails. I received many of these middle-school disciplinary emails and I was not impressed.
 
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Originally posted by Jack Travern:

The other stuff is nice as far as a paycheck, but be warned, CD's and solid Agents down here are going to really only care what mainstream work you booked in this town


I don't believe that at all. I understand that is an idea that is instilled in young actors in Hollywood. I lived there all my life. I know. But I have learned a lot of things on my journey. In my experience, and the people that I have talked to that I consider mentors who are working actors and CD's, that idea is not necessarily true. It does exist and it does happen. But my work (training, experience, knowledge, talent), with the mighty Guest Spots or not, will ultimately make a CD notice me.
 
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As far as DPM is concerned...bottom line, not that great of a talent agent.
 
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I was rep'd by DPM for a little more than a year and had very mixed feelings about the experience.

On one hand, Daniel gave me an opportunity. I came into the acting world a little late in life, and yet he saw something in me and signed me. I learned so much in that one year, and I owe a lot of that to him. As my first agent, he taught me to be responsible, pro-active, punctual (i.e. early) and professional. He expects a LOT from his partners/actors because you represent his business. Understandable.

Which brings me to the other side of the coin...

Despite the occasional warmth he shows, he is quite unreasonable in certain aspects of the business. Examples: there is NO reason you should ever NOT answer your phone. There is NO excuse for missing an audition. I showed up to 99% of the auditions he got me and yet he gave me HELL for the two I missed. No excuse for a missed audition. Sick? Kids? Vacation? Car accident? Suck it up. Leave your kid in the waiting room with a stranger.

He became irate on numerous occasions for minor offenses over a 1 year period. The real problem came when HE messed up by not alerting a major casting office that I couldn't make it to a callback because I was working another job. I have only been called back into that office once in two years. He took NO responsibility for this.

I left soon after that incident by writing a letter. I still would recommend him if you have no other options.
 
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Morgan Freeman
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Ya he has zero tolerance for missing auditions, he doesn't care if your house is on fire. He will tell you "that's why the firemen are there" and expect you to get to your audition.
 
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