My Meeting With A Manager

As I continue to carve out my career, it’s important to
have a team assembled that gets my vision and are willing to work
together with me to achieve it. That no idea, no pursuit, no suggestion of mine
is crazy. This marriage between us is “yes, and…” or “yes, and how
about…”

And when I look at how big my dream is and how I
want to marry acting, writing and producing together, I need strategic guidance
and support along the way. Don’t get me wrong, I am great with
administration and strategic planning, but it does make a difference to
have a team on board hustling on your behalf as well.

This
is where I have turned the spotlight on managers. A manager would be a
great investment in helping me to MANAGE my interests and my dream. To
strategically implement the phases of my career. To guide me along the
way. Someone who gets the bigger picture. Who gets me.

In
my research, I began targeting a list of managers that I could see
myself working with. I looked at certain things like the company’s
ranking on IMDB, the number of clients they had, the type of work their
clients booked, etc. And if available, I read their mission statements
to get a sense of what they are all about.

With a
great, compelling cover letter and links to my website and reel on hand,
I started submitting to my target list of managers. I received some no’s. I received a yes and had a meeting on Tuesday, June 21st. It went great. I
liked their energy. I liked that they asked me questions about my
casting (which I broke down for them on both the dramatic and comedic
sides) They also asked me about my ultimate dream (which I broke
down for them as well and they were impressed)

My ultimate dream, by the way, is: A self-generating artist who
creates, writes and
stars in their own vehicles. I want to be up there with Tyler Perry,
Lena Dunham, Cristela Alonzo, Mindy Kaling, Louis C.K., Tina Fey, etc.

From
sharing my ultimate dream, they asked me to give examples of the writing
and producing opportunities I’ve had. I did so and they lit up with excitement.
They were also impressed that I had a lot of knowledge and awareness of
the different components and departments that go into shooting a film or a TV
series. That I’m not just an actor, but rather, an actor who is aware
of the bigger picture when I’m on set. This makes me more valuable
because I know how the components come together to create a product. I’m
not in the way. Instead, I’m contributing. I know where the camera is
and how to act on camera. I know about continuity and matching from take
to take. I know where my marks are. I have an awareness of who is who
on set and what they do. I have a great attitude on set and I am
respectful of all the departments because THEY’RE ALL FUCKING IMPORTANT! Art is a community effort!

I
also had an opportunity to ask them questions and I was very pleased with
how aligned they were with what I’m looking for.

We had a 30-minute meeting and they decided at the end that they wanted to bring me in again for a second meeting.

I
left feeling very happy and accomplished. I had a sense of certainty,
but I also listened to them and kept myself open to any info they
provided. I kept myself open because I am always willing to learn and
grow.

And of course, I celebrated afterwards!

Stay tuned!

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