To chase up or not to chase up?

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    So - I had a casting the other week for a fairly big TV part; I wasn't expecting it, so it was v. exciting. Went fairly well. They said they were seeing more people last week, then doing recalls. Not heard anything so I assume I'm not going any further. BUT - the filming dates would overlap with a small window of opportunity for my Stage Manager husband and I to be able to go away with our kids in the Summer. Do I ask my agent to chase up the TV job and get them to confirm they don't want me so I can organise my life or is that sounding too desperate and needy? Surely I'm a 42 yr old professional with a life and all I want to do is move on and get organised, so why do I feel so hesitant to chase this up? What would you do?

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  • Alice Henley

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    I think its more than fine to ask, my agent often does follow up calls. Not desperate at all, you have a life!! They appreciate that and its been over a week. As long as your agent handles it well i don't see a problem

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  • Simeon Willis

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    I agree.

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    That's the nice thing about having an agent they can chase things up for you. Plus if it's bad news an agent doesn't take it personally and the casting director doesn't have to feel awkward.

    I really don't think there is any harm in asking your agent to chase it up for you. After all you could be being offered a theatre job which clashes with this potential TV job. Agents often chase things up in these circumstances.

    Take control and just get your agent to politely ask after all that's what you pay commission for and casting directors talk to agents all the time.

    Cheers

    TRACEY

    • 29th May 2008
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    How kind you all are - and how reasonable it all sounds now I've shared it! Will call my agent tomorrow!

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  • Forbes KB

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    Absolutely agree! Get your agent to phone them and get a definative yes or no. Thats why you have an agent.

    Are we expected to have no lives at all or no other jobs brewing that we are expected to sit at home waiting for the phone to ring? No!

    I check in with my agent after every audition and decide on a follow up strategy there and then based on a) How I felt it went b) My probability of getting it c) What else is going on and d) Wether I really want it or not.

    My tuppence worth.

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  • Lee Ravitz

    Actor

    Yeah, I agree with everyone. I may not be correct in this necessarily, but I also assume that if you are talking about a casting for a decent TV part, then it will have been your agent that brought the casting to your attention in the first place. Therefore, there's nothing wrong in asking them to chase it up for you. Even if you went for the audition on your own volition, though, the part would, if you were successful in landing it, pay a cut to the agent, so it as much in your agent's interest as your own to find out what is happening. As you will have a good enough relationship with your agent to ask them about matters without fear of recrimination (I hope), you can always test the waters with them first. If they are generally of the opinion that a follow-up call is pointless, then you may have to accept not knowing. But, on the other hand, they may be only too willing to help you resolve the problem. As everyone has said, what else is an agent meant to be for??

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  • Blake J Askew

    Actor

    Do it, schweeetheart!!!!

    • 30th May 2008
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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    well I'm glad this subject has been brought up, i filmed a corporate dvd in February, and i was promised a copy. i don't doubt they will send me one, it just seems to be taking ages.

    i have sent them emails over the months, and the most recent one was about 3 weeks ago- their reply was blaming the client wanting last minute changes.

    should i believe them? its been ages. should i chase it up again? would i sound a pain? i don't want it to seem that i have fell out with them as they were great to work for and i really enjoyed it and the money wasn't too bad either!

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  • Blake J Askew

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    Speak to Equity andsend them a final warning and if they doint listen, take it further. I did the same with a student filmmaker and threatened to blacklist him. Obviusly, I can be an intimidating person if i need to be.... and it worked... I got my copy. Im a nice person, but i dont suffer fools gladly... you have to be that way in this business and I think if they promised you, they should follow through!!!!!

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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    yeah i know blake, i kinda agree. but what if they are telling the truth? and it is being delayed because the client keeps sending the film back to them with editing changes? i would look like i was being nasty and impatient wouldn't i? but would i? i have been kept waiting for months over this and i guess even if the final edit is being changed- i thought at least they studio would send me their version. they know i wanted a copy.

    back to original poster, yeah get your agent to chase them up!

    i had an audition for a really good part once but, if i got it, the filming day would be the same day as something else. i needed to know asap so i could plan it all. i asked my agent to pester for details and they let her know

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    Thanks guys! Yes, asked my agent to chase it up and am waiting to hear back from them. I'm fairly new with my agency, and don't feel I know them that well yet, which is why I suppose I was feeling unsure about asking them to chase; but they were really cool about it so now I know...

    I've always had really good experiences with corporates sending me copies, but if it's not an Equity contract, it might be difficult to get Equity involved. I suppose I've learnt that you do have to bite the bullet and keep chasing stuff. And there's bound to be another corporate coming so if they don't send you this copy, then there'll be another one to chase up...

    Good luck, guys, and thanks for your advice.

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  • Leila Reid

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    Hi, you have phoned them as any feedback is good really so I guess either way you will get something useful out of it!

    lilo xox

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    This thread has divided itself into two main thrusts.

    For TV and film castings/interviews/auditions...the BBC are usually VERY good at letting agents know how it worked out and, as some of you have already mentioned, your agent SHOULD and usually WILL follow them up for you...WITHIN AN APPROPRIATE TIME SCALE.

    REGARDING COPIES OF YOUR WORK...

    I have mentioned this before....for film/tv stuff make sure you are given a copy of the call sheet on set.

    Here you will find who the production manager/assistant is and then phone them a few weeks later and ask if you could see a copy.

    NOT the film company, THE PRODUCTION COMPANY (if they are not one and the same)

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    So now my agents are not having any luck getting a response from the production company!!! So I guess it's time to move on, reflect and learn. Would have been good to have some feedback though...

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    Hello

    I don't know, but isn't it sometimes the case that they can't tell you because they're still working out other stuff and other casting? So the fact that they haven't said no, means that you could still be in the frame, but they can't say anything yet?

    I was wondering how you'd got on!

    S x

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    Sarah - I KNOW!!!! I'm trying not to prolong the agony and lt myself down even more further along the line! It would always be easier if one had plenty of other things to go up for and not pin so much onto one casting... AND I got rejected by a voiceover agency this morning. Not one of my better days! It can only get better, I hope...

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    Oh I hope I haven't made it worse Samantha! Its just the worst isn't it?

    I was once heavily pencilled (well between me and another girl) for a big commercial, which was on brilliant repeats as well, and they took what seemed like weeks (it wasn't weeks it was about a week and a half) to come back with the no, but I couldn't think of anything else at all for that whole waiting period!

    Why do we put ourselves through it?

    LOL!

    S x

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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    I'm sorry to say this but I still stick by what the years have taught me.

    Do your best in the audition, think afterwards what you could have done to improve it and then forget you actually auditioned for it!

    That way if they gert back to you it's a nice surprise and your recall will be a better show but if they don't it's 'Onwards and upwards'!

    This is a crap business with thousands wanting the job you're going for. If you want to do the best you can think of it like the Lottery. You buy a ticket and hope for it to win week after week. When you get something back off it it is wonderful. When you don't what have you lost? £1.

    But do you pine for the fact that you didn't win? (Well not much!)

    See what I mean? Simple to look for another opportunity that way and not dwell on the last chance which would be soul destroying if you take it to the extreme.

    Smile. Be positive and look forward to better and better opportunities in the future.

    Good luck in your next endeavour!!

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    You're both right, of course!!! It's what I tell others and myself all the time; just struggling taking my own advice this time. What are we like? And I have reflected, and am now chomping at the bit to use what I think I've learnt for the next one... Thanks for your thoughts, guys.

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