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Secret Agent Man

Why 2+ Actors Is Always Better Than 1

Why 2+ Actors Is Always Better Than 1
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I like being part of a larger group. It’s fun to be surrounded by like-minded people. And it’s also a great way to make contacts and gather information.

As an agent, I belong to various organizations that sponsor networking events and private screenings. Just the other day, I ran into an old friend at a charity function. The guy had just secured financing for his first film, and he promised to give my clients first crack at some of the parts. So besides tossing a few bucks at a good cause, attending that function put me back in touch with a valuable contact that will create future opportunities for my clients.

(I’m also a senior member of the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fan club, because really, that show never gets old….)

What about you? Are you part of a larger group or are you a lone wolf? There are lots of opportunities out there for actors if you’re willing to become a joiner.

Social media is the best example. There are several private groups on Facebook that have been set up by actors. You should seek out these groups by asking everyone you know about them. When you find an actor who is a member, ask for an invite. If you get it, you’ll gain access to a forum where performers are willing to share what they know, and, hey, knowledge equals opportunity.

READ: Your Essential Social Media Checklist

The good folks here at Backstage have a terrific message board that allows you to interact with all kinds of industry people, including yours truly. And it’s 100 percent free. Have you signed up yet?

Moving off the internet into the physical world, you should also consider joining a theater company. It’s one of the smartest moves you can make. Besides gaining a chance to perform, you’ll have something impressive to put on your résumé, and you’ll find yourself in an environment that can function as a support group. That’s valuable, because it’s extremely important to have people in your life who understand what you’re going through and are willing to commiserate over drinks. 

And joining a theater company is easy! Just volunteer your time, weasel your way into the inner circle, then undermine the existing power structure. Wait, no. Don’t do that. I’m thinking like an agent. Just be a nice person and you’ll be fine.

If you’re someone who knows how to tickle a funny bone, you’d be a fool not to join UCB or one of the other established comedy groups out there. Again, you’ll gain valuable training, a great credit for your résumé, and you might meet the perfect writing partner who helps you create a show that changes the face of television. (Or you might just make some good friends. Not everything has to be about your career.) 

A lot of people ask me why I’ve never considered becoming a manager. Well, there are several reasons, but first and foremost, I like being part of a team that’s working together toward a common goal. It’s like Billy the Kid said in “Young Guns”: “You get yourself three or four good pals, then you’ve got yourself a tribe. And there ain’t nothing stronger than that.”

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