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The TradeVine – Entertainment Article Highlights October 21st

Published: Friday, October 21st, 2016

 

Welcome to the TradeVine whose purpose is to encourage the entertainment industry to read their trades: Variety, Backstage, Hollywood Reporter, etc. Enjoy learning about your industry.
Each Friday, The TradeVine seeks out a few of the informative trade articles you may have missed. Please visit the trade, itself, for the entire article.


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Backstage – 6 Things You Should Know Before Meeting a New Acting Agent, by Kate McClanaghan
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Much like a really good first date, sitting down with a new agent can be simultaneously exciting and nerve-wracking. Sure, your date may appear to be stunning and very discriminating, and you may feel flat-out privileged to be out with them—but you still want to be sure you’re both on the same page. If this relationship is going anywhere, your meeting needs to be mutually satisfying.
So, let’s assume you’re fully prepared to arrive at the agent’s front door with up-to-date promotional materials: headshots, resumé, voiceover demos, and professional reels (if you have them). In most cases, this is the reason you’ve been invited to come in in the first place.
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READ: “Who Does What? Your Agent Is Not Your Manager”

 

Here are six things you should know when meeting with a talent agent:

 

1. This “meeting” is an audition. It’s important you understand this regardless of how you got in the room (i.e. a friend-of-a-friend, a professional referral, or even a personal submission). This is a job interview. You may think it’s a simple ”meet and greet,” or pleasant fact-finding mission on your end, but the agent in front of you is reading whether or not you’re worthy (and savvy) enough to become someone who would represent the best of what the agency provides producers and directors. Therefore, this is as much a “chemistry read” as anything, whether the agent has you read a script or two or not.
Be flexible. You may or may not be asked to perform. Be just as prepared to get to know the agent and their needs and wants as to read a script. And don’t be surprised if they’re running 20 minutes to a half hour late and you have to sit there. You want them to be busy. That’s a good sign.

 

2 Be someone people honestly want to work with. The agent wants to see how well you carry yourself, professionally, especially when they aren’t there and you’re on a job. Are you personable and thoughtful, not just to the agent, but to other talent as well as the person at the front desk? If you’re impatient or short with others but pour on the syrup with the agent, that won’t go unnoticed. Complaining about all of your industry pet peeves won’t be using their time (or your own) wisely, either. Just as bad is if you hardly talk at all—it’s imperative you offer more than simple one-word responses. No one wants to work that hard to get to know you. Be curious about them, the industry, and how the agency conducts business.

 

3 If you’re not working, you’re training. Agents want to know you’re reliable, and the best litmus test for that is your continued quest to improve your performance and maintain your professional chops. Just as every professional athlete is found training when not in the game, the very same applies to you as a talent. So, if you haven’t coached or been in class for a couple of years, it’s highly unlikely you can be counted on to deliver your best at a moment’s notice. If you aren’t working as much as you did in the past, this could be the reason. No one’s diminishing your experience or innate ability—just don’t assume there’s nothing left to learn. Proper coaching gives you a competitive edge. Otherwise, it’s likely you’ll expect more from the talent agency than you’re willing to do for yourself.

 

4 An agent isn’t a manager. Agents might recommend new headshots, or refer you to this coach or that class or workshop, but typically, you’re expected to arrive having done all this groundwork. They want to help, but to be honest, this isn’t their job, it’s yours. Your goal is to instill confidence, and make it easy for your agent to send you out right away.

 

5 Ask intelligent questions. Easier said than done, especially if you’re nervous. So, prepare. Determine what sort of work the agency is known for.

 

6. Finally, if you determine this is the agency you want to align yourself with, reassure them you’ll do your level best to be a reliable asset. And then live up to your word—or surpass it!
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The Hollywood Reporter – Warren Beatty’s New Movie Has 16 Credited Producers: “It’s Deplorable”, by Gregg Kilday
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The film’s numerous backers — many of them billionaires — have been given coveted “produced by” credits on ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ as the Producers Guild takes notice.

 

How many billionaires does it take to make a movie about a reclusive billionaire? In the case of Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes pic Rules Don’t Apply, which Fox has begun screening ahead of its Nov. 23 release, it took 16 credited producers — many of them the richest individuals associated with Hollywood.

 

That number isn’t unusual for a film assembled using financing from multiple sources, but the blue-chip backers all have been given a “produced by” credit rather than the customary “executive producer” given to moneymen and women. At a screening for industry tastemakers Oct. 13, the end credits contained a card reading “Produced and directed by Warren Beatty” that was followed by three more cards, with five names per card, listing all the other producers involved. The massive list has rankled the Producers Guild of America, which is currently reviewing contributions of those listed to decide who deserves its “p.g.a.” mark that follows a producer’s name when determined he or she actually has done the heavy lifting of getting a movie made.
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Variety – Poll: Who Should Play Willy Wonka in the New Movie?, by Variety Staff
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We could be getting a new “Willy Wonka” movie in the near future.

 

On Wednesday, news broke that Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the “Willy Wonka” IP from the Roald Dahl Estate and is planning a new movie centered on the character. “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman is teaming with the studio on the film.
While the late Gene Wilder, the original Willy Wonka, left some big shows to fill, we had some ideas on who could take on the eccentric character. Who do you think should play Willy Wonka? Vote below, and let us know your ideal casting in the comments!
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