It’s Wednesday of Thanksgiving week here in the US and everyone stateside is starting to shut things down and/or look for Black Friday deals. Am I right?
Speaking of, be sure to look out for an announcement from us in your inbox on Friday about the annual Film Specific Black Friday promotion! We’ve got some goodies planned for you :)
So the other day we left off talking about how to get an agent, and I got some emails in response to that asking about what if you don’t have an agent but need to get a script to an agent for a particular actor or director to start building your package.
The short answer is this – and I know this from my own experience working at a major agency but also from hearing countless other agents say this on panels in person and that is, you need to go through a producer or casting director who has existing relationships with the agent or the manager of the actor or director you’re trying to get to.
The key here is that you need to have someone on your team who has the relationships to get past the gatekeepers and get your script considered and read. Period.
To be clear, that is how you bust down the catch-22.
I heard writers at this speed dating event last week complaining on and on about not being able to get their script into agents but when asked if they have a credible producer or CD on board who is a trusted entity in the business, their faces went blank (yeah, that shut them up!).
Even if you are the writer and a Producer on the project – if you aren’t a client of the agency or have those all important existing relationships, then you still need to think about building out your team to include a producer or CD who can vouch for your script and access the talent, which from a positioning stand point is better for the project anyway.
I’m doing this all the time for my Development Clients which is why I call it EP/Producer For Hire Services….because in many cases I’m leveraging my long standing relationships and network I’ve built to get scripts to talent and financing prospects.