Ways to Work with Agents, Managers, and Contracts

By Toni Attell

Toni Attell.

Toni Attell.

Remember to view your contracts carefully. Sometimes on a set, everything happens at once. I would like to give you some helpful hints.

First, arrive 30 minutes early to the set. Check in with the Production Assistant and introduce yourself. They will kindly ask if you want something to drink or eat, like: water, tea, coffee, or some donuts. Be nice, but turn that stuff down and ask to be introduced to the Makeup, Hair and Wardrobe departments. Introduce yourself to the staff and ask the head of each department what time you need to be there for them to work on you. Please remember; guest and co-star actors are usually the first to film in the day, so you want to be ready to shoot and also look good. If they are not ready yet, I suggest going to wardrobe and then getting into costume in your trailer.

Once in your trailer, it gets busy. Almost immediately, there will be a knock on your door with someone handing you a contract. Read the contract. If there is something you do not understand … Call your agent or manager….

That said, remember: Agents and Managers work very hard for a little bit of money, so be generous to them because 70% of something is better then 0% of nothing. So, be appreciative. I got 35 adults and children work. They all grew up and used their money for college tuition.

Toni Attell holds On-Camera Acting, Improv, and Casting Seminars in the Valley for Teens and Adults. She can be reached at (818) 787-8685.