By Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Aug 15 2015 12:56AM
Today I bring you some Building Blocks of Success for the Theatre Scene. You can use these whether you’re based in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, London, Ireland, Australia….anywhere in the world.
1)The agent/manager dilemmas?
First, I'm more of a believer of an agent or manager coming to you at the right time; whether it be through a friend, them seeing you in a show, or a referral, etc. Trust me, I did my share of mailings and went through those first four agents early on in my NY career pretty quickly because I was just an easy addition to their lot. I wasn’t what they truly needed. An agent needing your type or someone like you will seek you out. Now, I’m with one I LOVE (who found me, by the way; their CLIENT had seen me in a show! See, you never know!). And, my manager was my former agent whom I’ve been with for YEARS. You ask “What makes these two so great for me?” Well, not necessarily because I get every audition in the book (but really, who does?!), but that they are my biggest cheerleaders. No matter the circumstances, no matter the bad audition days, no matter that I don’t book the gig after the final callback or get the coveted audition appointment they have been pushing for, they STILL support me and are in it for the LONG HAUL! They know each opportunity created is a building block up the ladder. As long as we all build them together, we are all a pretty great team! These types of agents and managers are out there! Relax. You will find yours!
BUT you are still crying out . . . I NEED AN AGENT/MANAGER!
WRONG! Think again. New York is an open market and casting wants the RIGHT people. Technically speaking, YOU are your best agent. You are always looking after you. An agent or manager is certainly juggling many clients. So what can you do? Are you attending all open call/EPA/chorus calls and auditions for parts you are right for? Are you doing creative mailing to people who can get you those jobs (casting, directors, writers, producers)? Are you making introductions thorough mutual friends? Are you taking classes where the people who make the decisions actually are in the room? And keep in mind, casting is just the “go between” -- they don’t actually say who gets the “gig”. Trust me, once you start getting gigs and building your resume, an agent/ manager will find you.
2) The TOOL of the trade: The Internet
The Internet is a Godsend in this biz. Use every networking tool you’ve got. It’s all at your fingertips! And, There are so many networking sites, and yes, it is a lot of upkeep, but there are then other sites that do all the work for you -- where you plug in the data and it uploads to the other social networking sites out there. Promote, promote, promote what you have to offer. Let the world SEE IT! Isn’t that what performing is all about?
Make an awesome and unique personal website. It doesn’t need a lot of frills, but it better have some examples of the types of things you do. Videocameras and recording devices are at your fingertips if you don’t have performance footage. There is no excuse. Just make sure you take the time to put up solid material that the world can see. You never know who is watching.
3) Last, piece of advice for today:
Remember to never stop evolving. Surprising people and yourself about what you’re capable of is one of the most rewarding things in this biz. Don't let the chance of failure stop you! In my experience, those are the risks that pay off the most! No one is perfect and no one expects you to be either.