Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Talent tips

1- When you are booked for any job write down the director, producer, casting director, TV Network etc.. You need this info. for your resume. Talent will often call Craze a few months after the project and seek the info. It is hard for us to remember every detail because we literally book thousands of different jobs. Also remember the part you played. ( Also if it was extra work you must put that in a separate Extra category not acting). Always update your resume the day you do the project and get us copies. You would not believe the amount of work people lose out on because their resumes are not updated or we do not have any.
2- To insure payment when you are booked on a job please remember to bring appropriate ID and fill out all forms legibly and correctly. Also keep track of the dates you work and what job it was just in case.
3- Keep your look close to the photos we use to promote you, or you must update the photos. Clients really get upset when you do not match your photo or if we send you out to meet them and you have gained or lost weight, have longer hair or a different color we could lose that client permanently.
.4- Never say a negative word on set. Even among fellow actors or models. Even about other agencies. It never helps you or us in the long run! Let's take the high road even though many people and agencies don't.
5- A successful Modeling and Acting career is like any other career it takes time, persistence, dedication, knowledge, skill and patience!
6- Many National Clients take their sweet time to pay you. Even when we bill them with a 30 day voucher. We hate it as bad as you do(we all have bills to pay). We will do everything in our power to collect but it has always been that way and will probably never change with the big national companies. They know they get allot of people work so if you harass them too much they will just use someone else.
7- Do not accept an audition unless you are 100% sure you can make it and be on time. Usually we are limited in the time slots we have and we do not have time to replace you. We also give the casting director a list the night before and they will too be busy the next day of the audition for us to schedule someone else with them. They just figure you are unreliable.
8- When we send emails with age ranges Example 19-25 that usually means the client wants a 22 year old. Only respond if you fit the profile.Do not respond with things like I am 29 or 16 but look younger or older. Also sometimes we get talent that say things like I have been told I can play much younger or older. Sometimes this is true but trust us we know what you can play, we would be crazy not to send you if you fit the description and the client would allow us to do so.
8- Not many agencies we are aware of offer free initial training as many times as you like and who will set up various times throughout the year to have you read and be evaluated. Or offer extremely inexpensive workshops that are not mandatory. Take advantage, it will help you to succeed!
10- No matter how you feel inside you have to portray self confidence when you are interviewed. Clients never hire people who let them know they are new at this or who are not a polished finished product.
11- Don't show it or be shocked if the audition is not what you visualized. A pro expects it to always be different and is ready to make quick on the spot adjustments. They almost want it to be tough because they know the amateur will let it effect them. Half of success in this business is being very adaptable on the fly. That is why it takes raining and experience for many of the jobs.
12- Always just have fun with this business. Clients love to be around smiling , funny, happy people. Many actors, models get too serious when they audition because they feel the pressure.
13- If a client ask you what your rate is say call my agent at the Craze Agency or let us know and we will contact them. That is our job and we will make sure to get documents signed if needed and get you the best rate possible for that type of project. Usually clients that do not want to initially go through agents will either never pay or low ball you or work in an unprofessional manner. Plus you are responsible to let the agency know about these projects.
14-Try to read your Craze emails twice a day!!!! Many projects are last minute or only a day's notice. Some are on a first come first serve basis. Become very familiar with computers almost everyone in our industry is going that way.
15- We really do have your best interest in mind and appreciate your hard work,loyalty and referrals. We are going to continue to grow and are always trying our best to improve and serve you better. We want a long lasting positive relationship!
Troy Lee
National Agency Director
Craze Agency

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