Have You Fired Your Agent? Share Your Experience!

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You already know Backstage is the go-to for any and all information pertaining to your craft. But now, you have the chance to get in on the action with the Backstage Community Forum. Here, you can engage with others in your industry, as well as teachers, experts, and, yep, even agents and casting directors. Below are some of this week’s most interesting new topics; drop a reply or post a new thread. Either way, fire up that keyboard and get involved right here!

Can you fire your agent?
“I have an agent that I signed a two-year contract with, but they give me, like, one audition every four–five months. When I have emailed them asking for auditions, they have told me they don’t have time for me. Is there a way to drop an agent that basically never provides me with any auditions, even if I have a contract with them?” —FlyGuy

Leveling up: Do the same rules apply these days?
“I feel as if I'm stuck in co-star jail. I am a comedic actor with over 20+ co-star credits and one guest star credit (on a one-hour drama), but seem unable to level up. It used to be that passing on co-stars sent a clear message to casting and your team that you are ready to level up, but these days that doesn't seem to be the case. I'm with a pretty big agency and have been with them for five years. Is it because of the numerous co-stars on my résumé? Any advice is greatly appreciated.” —LaunchpadMcQuack

How is Beth Behrs not a top lead in “The Neighborhood,” CAA?
“So Beth Behrs comes off a hit show, has just built a reputation, and now she's on a new sitcom—and she’s not even mentioned in the promos?

“Is this what we call ‘riding the wave’?” —Paladin

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Casey Mink
Casey Mink is the staff writer at Backstage. When she's not writing about television, film, or theater, she is definitely somewhere watching it.
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