11 Dec Agents & Casting Directors share Do’s & Don’ts for the Holidays!
Between Holiday mixers, dinners and gifting opportunities, this is your chance to create honest relationships right before Pilot season kicks in full swing . Ready for the top 5 holiday tips from casting, agents and other industry guests shared with us for Actors?
Here you go 😉
Create a Targeted List📘
What do we mean by targeted list? While it’s great to send out general emails of gratitude, specificity and personalized acts of kindness are always appreciated.
Prioritize Your List:
Create a list of 5-10 industry professionals (agents, cd’s, directors, producers)
While creating this list ask yourself:
Which projects did I audition for this year? Who did I book with? Which agents did I have meetings with? Which Casting offices did I build a relationship with?
Jot down the names: Create a personalized but budget friendly list of gifting options to mail. An e-mail is cute but if you have a relationship or looking to build an even stronger one this is the time to go the extra mile.
Staying on Budget💰
This is your opportunity to share your gratitude in a unique way. Remember postcards and handwritten notes? Think it’s cheesy? Well casting and agents find them perfectly thoughtful. Mailing a thank you gift takes effort and some creative thought. However, it’s a simple gesture that creates a smile and separates you from the bunch. Unless you have a strong friendly and working relationship with an industry professional avoid lavish and expensive gifts because well let’s just keep it real… it can come across pretty creepy🙃 and desperate. You do not need to break the bank to say thank you or to be on their radar. Keep it simple and thoughtful.
Think of everyone in the office👪
Do not skip over or exclude the assistants or interns. Instead make strong connections with them. As a former casting assistant, I can tell you we have a lot of influence behind the scenes. Besides they may be an assistant today and the owner tomorrow (I’ve seen it happen 😅).
Holiday mixers etiquette🎇
A lot of agents and casting offices hold holiday mixers to bring talent together.
Should you attend ? YES
How long should you stay ? At Least one hour
Who should I talk to ?
Say hi to the industry professional but do not crowd them. This is your time to network with other talent! Do not attempt to plan your strategy for the next year. You will be amazed to find out you are sitting in a room with writers, casting assistants and well diverse talent at these mixers. Last year I met some amazing talent at an agent mixer and this year I was able to cast them in a pilot (networking works)!
If you were not invited to any mixers this year do not fret. Check with your other actor friends maybe they will allow you to be their plus one! If you are invited, please do not come in with an energy of “Sign me” or “book me”. Play it cool, have a drink and make some friends. If you bring a plus one advise them to avoid asking things like, “why haven’t you booked my friend, babe, daughter, son” etc. Make sure everyone knows this is a party not an interrogation.🙏
Scheduling General Meetings📽
While a holiday mixer is not the appropriate time to go over your strategy for 2018 it is okay to send an end of the season email asking to schedule a time to come in and chat before the year is over.
Well, there you have it crafters. A few tips from our friends in casting , agents and industry professionals of Holiday do’s and don’ts.
Have questions? Chat with us (click the wings)
Until next time stay motivated and creative 💫
President & Founder
HAPPY HOLIDAYS XOXO💞