A little note on Actor Research.
Be mindful of the questions you ask your industry contacts. If you can GOOGLE the answer, or find it in a short internet search, I don’t suggest emailing your contacts for the answer instead just so your research is more convenient.
Agents, Casting Directors and other industry professionals are very very busy. They want to see you succeed and many of them do everything they can to help you– but you need to be mindful about the time you request of them. Using their time for a question you can google isn’t ideal. Using their time for a more complicated or situational question– that is more worthwhile and a million times better for building a positive relationship with that contact.
Career research is YOUR job. Creating your brand is YOUR job. Knowing about opportunities is YOUR job. Asking someone else to do the work for you may make them think you are a lazy actor– and in the most competitive industry out there– you do NOT want ANYONE to think that of you!
Take ownership over it.
Know your type.
Take a class to learn and ask questions.
Know the work out there for your type.
Learn about the major offices.
A question for the sake of asking a question doesn’t build relationships. Trust does.
Build the Trust!!!
[Photo kindly by Andrew Neel]