January 19, 2012

Q & A

Here are two questions that I received in the comments section of one of my last blog post:

Ryan asked....
"How can you get a manager? I'm a non sag and I have done some student films. I feel like the next step is to go after paid work and be a sag. Or would that be too soon? Also what do managers look for?"

--Getting a manager works pretty much the same way as getting an agent. You self-submit via mail or email, or you receive a referral from a friend. I can't say if joining SAG right now is too soon because I don't really know anything about you or your current resume. Joining the union is a personal choice, but in my opinion, you should not join SAG until you HAVE to.

Are you represented right now? Are you actively auditioning for SAG projects? If you aren't even auditioning for SAG projects, you should be concentrating on doing as many high quality student/indie films as you can so that you can build up your resume and get a great reel.

As for what managers look for, I have no idea. Just like agents, every manager is different. Some managers like actors that they can help develop into working actors, while other managers like actors that are already working. It's up to you to do the research and find out which managers are looking for what it is that you have to offer.

Clement asked...
"How did you make the change from non union free work to paid SAG work? How did you land your first SAG job?"

--I moved from non-union work around the time that I started auditioning for SAG commercials. I had done a handful of non-union commercials up until that point and was able to land a great commercial agent. My first SAG job was a national commercial for CitiBank. The next day, I did another national for Dove chocolate. A couple of months later, I booked my first TV role on a SAG show, forcing me to join the union. I haven't working anything non-union since then.

Leo asked...
Are postcards worth it?
Have you tried any of your own creative was to get under a casting director's radar?

--As for your second question, I can't say that I've really done anything creative. I've had representation for quite some time and they have been instrumental in getting me through the doors of really great casting directors. This leads me to your first question...

Post cards are a great way to stay on a CD's radar. They are way cheaper than full size headshots and the postage is cheaper too. Anytime you have a career update or just want to say hi, you can write one up and toss it in the mail. Many times, post cards end up with the letter mail because of their smaller size. That means it's much more likely that the CD will not only see the postcard, but also read it. If you are sending them regularly, the CD is more likely to remember you when a role that you are perfect for comes along.


  1. Thank you for posting the answer to my question! I always wasnt sure I love doing films but i wanted to get into the paid work. I will def do some more student films to build my resume and reels.
    Look forward to more posts!

  2. what would be your thoughts on commercials being door openers for booking more acting jobs. Some say its helpful some say it isnt what do you think?

  3. Ryan, you're very welcome! Good luck!

    Lane, I don't feel that commercials lead directly to other acting jobs. What usually happens is you are booking steadily and your commercial agent will refer you to someone in the legit department of your agency. That, of course, leads to acting work. If you can get signed to the commercial department of an agency that has a great legit department as well, there is always a chance of you landing an agent there. It doesn't always happen, but it's a better shot than mailing in your headshot.

  4. I love your blog! Question though, you said above that you started doing SAG work after you locked down a commercial agent and started auditioning for SAG commercials, but how did you find the bulk of your non union/indie projects and non union commercials before you had found your commercial agent and manager? Actorsaccess.com?

  5. If I remember correctly, my print agents would get me my non-union commercial auditions. Otherwise, I would self-submit on Actors Access.

    Thanks for reading!