How soon did you go out on your first audition after you signed a contract with a new agency?
Let's put some perspective out for board members based on the variables; look, agency, trends in casting, communication with your agent, etc. I meet tons of actors who are convinced signing with an agent will be their end-all-be-all & don't realize that the phone won't necessarily be ringing off the hook with auditions as soon as the ink dries...
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With Zero theatrical credits at that time, about a month or so for a commercial audtion, and maybe 2 or 3 months for a theatrical audition
I don't remember it taking very long. Maybe one-two months max.
I've gotten auditions within the first week of signing with my agents.
Theatrical - 2 weeks
Commercial/VO - The day I signed, I auditioned for a VO before I left their office.
There are many variables: your look, a breakdown that fits you, whether or not your agent submitted you for that breakdown, whether or not the casting director choses your pic out of the 1400+ submissions. If a few months go by, ask your agent to give you a history of what they have submitted you for that way you know whether or not you have been wasting your time waiting by the phone.
My first theatrical agent got me out after three weeks if I recall. My current commercial agent had me an audition within the week.
Absolutely not - you usually don't hear from the people that have bad luck but I signed with a commercial agent from the 'list' and I didn't get sent out in 4 months and split. Then I signed with another agency recently and they decided to close their commercial and theatrical departments lol. But that's a more realistic situation of what actors are facing out there as well - instead of just "I get out regularly".
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Absolutely not - you usually don't hear from the people that have bad luck but I signed with a commercial agent from the 'list' and I didn't get sent out in 4 months and split. Then I signed with another agency recently and they decided to close their commercial and theatrical departments lol. But that's a more realistic situation of what actors are facing out there as well - instead of just "I get out regularly".[/QUOTE]
makemefamous - agreed, it's nice to see a fairly good "spectrum" of answers on here, sounds like anywhere from immediately to about 2 months average.
And as makemefamous said, it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the agency itself either, if you were signed with a commercial agent from "the list" and didn't get sent out? There's so many factors as to whether you're a good fit for an agency and for the market and casting trends at the time, specifically for commercial.
I feel theatrical is a whole new ballgame with a whole different set of variables...anyone agree?
Very much agree. Not long ago,(and Im only talking theatrically here) maybe 5 years ago, agents looked a breakdowns, pics/resumes were messengered to CD offices in the afternoon, many CD seperated piles by the strength of the agency and then chose actors to audition. My agent at the time said CDs got about 500-600 pics per role. Even the occasional drop off worked
Nowadays, in the era of electronic casting, and 1500 people submitted per role, most (not all) TV auditions for the co-star and guest star roles to a degree, come by way of people who met you at a workshop or they have a very strong relationship with your agency. I supposed its just an easier way to do things than scoll through thousands of thumbnails. I dont blame em.
Many claim to go through every single submission but I gotta believe thats only when they need a specialty role (little kid, old Asian guy); or to kill time.
And this response was largely aimed toward say the 25 and older crowd.
my first agency ever - 3 months
my second agency - 3 months
my now agency - the day i signed
I'd like to touch on this because this hits home with me directly. Commercially, i cannot remember, a couple months or so I would say. Theatrically, well a little different lol.
Yes, I was one of those, I'm signed with a respected agency, things are about to change instantly. Ahh, noo. In fact, in my very first post, I asked SAM for his advice because I was ready to leave with my lack of appointments. I was beyond frustrated, I was pissed off. Friends, out all the time with smaller agencies. Yeah they had legit credits but I didn't care, I was signed to so and so, I should be out as much as them. Wrong again.
I got my first apt one month after I signed. Hell yea!!. Take away December and January, my next one didn't come until the end of March. Next apt, not until 3 months later. WTF is going on lol. Currently, things are much different. Had I taken peoples advice around me, I wouldn't be where I am. I stuck with my gut and it paid off. I definitely had a talk with them and was enlightened on an array of things. So many things factor in I was unaware of. But I made sure when I left that meeting, I was not being shelved, that they wanted me here and believed in me. Sometimes as actors, we need reassurance.
Everyone's experiences are different as we can see. Some a month, 2 months, a week, zero whatever. The point I want to make is just that, it will be different. Be patient, talk to them and go with your gut. No one else's.
Do you mind sharing the enlightenment's?
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