Meeting with agents can be daunting. I know how it feels to do crap meetings + thankfully, better ones.
You have a series of questions in your head about your relationship skills and how ‘if they just saw you onstage’ it’d be much easier. Or then there are the questions about “how to sell yourself” that come up. All of this happens even before you get in their room.
A lot of our downfall as performers in real life situations and business meetings comes from a little thing called “self doubt”.
I had a meeting recently with an agent and although I have been performing + employed as a working actor for over 12 years, the little heart was still-a-pounding and I was reaching for that rexona antiperspirant deodorant.
Steven Pressfield, the author of the book The War of Art, tells us that at our ancestors most primitive years as members of community, the fear of rejection was instilled. Back then, being part of the tribe meant death or survival, but these days, even though the stakes aren’t as high, our bodies just haven’t caught up with it.
You may have these questions…
- How can I be awesome in the room?
- How can I be the best version of myself?
- What if they don’t like me…bla bla bla…
The mind fogs on and on to no end.
The fantastic Dallas Travers, a L.A. based careers coach has offered these fantastic questions every performer needs to ask when they are meeting with new representation. Having these 7 questions in your back pocket, takes the focus off YOU and puts it into direct open communication channels which helps to form a solid foundation for relationships. And that’s all a meeting is… a chance for a win win relationship to develop for you both-NOT an interrogation.
7 GREAT QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR AGENT
1.What is you ideal amount of communication per week?
2.What do your most employed actors do that others don’t?
3.Describe your perfect agent/actor relationship.
4.Describe a bad agent/actor relationship.
5. I’d love to share my one-year goals with you and get your insight.
6. What three things can I do to make your job easier?
7.What three key characteristics do you look for before working with an actor?
What if your communication isn’t so great with your existing agent?
Be honest + let them know that you understand you haven’t been holding up your end of the relationships in terms of communicating. Offer to them that you’d like to change that and begin sending them information on your pro activity.
It all starts with examining where you are at and asking straight forward questions to move you both forward on the same page.
Using these easy 7 questions helps you do that, and also makes the person who’s meeting with you feel valued too.
Your agent-client relationship is a 2 way street. Keep yours clean and expect them to keep theirs clean too.
Now I wanna hear from you…
What is something that I haven’t mentioned that you do to keep a great relationship with your agent?
I’d love to hear your communication styles by leaving me a comment below!
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