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Uh-Oh, Your Acting Agent Dropped You…Now What?

Okay, your acting agent dropped you.  It may feel like the end of the world…or certainly the end of your acting career.

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But it's NOT!

You have two choices in this situation, you can spiral into despair or turn it around.

In this video, you learn how to do that (turn it around, that is.  I'm pretty sure you know how to spiral into despair ;)

Watch this video to see what I mean:

Click below to watch this video on how to handle it when your acting agent drops you now:

 

Has this happened to you?  How did you handle it?  Please share it in the comments below :-)

You DESERVE The Red Carpet!
~Amy

P.S.  UPDATE:  I just published this post an hour ago and have gotten a boatload of emails from actors with no agents asking HOW TO GET AN AGENT to begin with.  So, if that's you, please DO check out “Representation Domination“, a course I created that teaches you everything you need to know to get an agent.  Hope that helps!!

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22 Responses

  1. larrydensmore says:

    What might be first thought as a ‘negative’ is actually a ‘positive.’ Nice, Amy. Strengthens the concept to be positive and to make positive choices whether as actor or in life.

  2. LeAnne Rumbel says:

    Hi Amy, GREAT, value packed video from you, who is a voice of reason and one who knows: I know this has been a major fear of mine…which is why I’ve never had an agent…I know, I know. I’ve been terrified that if I got an agent, I wouldn’t book enough and they’d drop me: THAT’S how far down the rabbit hole I fell. I’ve convinced myself that I don’t need an agent. Yeah, how’s THAT workin’ for me? How many commercials or feature films have I booked? That’s right: a big FAT zero.

  3. Richard Allan Jones says:

    I’ve had the same agent for awhile now (commercial & theatrical) and have booked a reasonable
    percentage of auditions. My problem is I get very few audition calls
    from my agent (one so far in 2014; a commercial). All kinds of
    excuses…industry on hiatus, other actors in my “type” have more
    experience, need new headshots (which I did), pay for more casting
    director workshops, etc. I do pretty good on my own (four movies and one
    commercial this year), so am I wrong in expecting more? Thought about
    dropping my agent but scared to do so, because he does get me into
    auditions I can’t get (Jersey Boys). Help!

    • AmyJoBerman says:

      The key is learning how to foster relationships with more people and with more influential people to create a better network, which ultimately will give you more direct opportunities and access to different agents, as well.

      • Richard Allan Jones says:

        Good suggestion, probably not working my best connections like I should. I mean, what’s the risk of switching agents, I’m not really losing much.

        • AmyJoBerman says:

          I would not suggest leaving your current agent unless you have viable options already developed. But having said that, always act with integrity when leaving one for another. Know what I mean?

          • Richard Allan Jones says:

            I know what you mean….I’ve been through three literary agents, but always ended on a good note.

  4. diana says:

    I have been with the same agency, stopped in to say hi, got new headshots, sent an updated resume a d still nothing!
    All I have booked has been through networking, but still no sag card, suggestions?
    Thank you

  5. Richard says:

    Never been dumped in my life so far and I don’t have an agent. I’ve been told to not rely on them heavily and still submit to productions on my own. Nathan McLeod told me once that the best thing to do is always communicate with the agent. I only get the auditions, call backs but hardly get the parts.
    In the coming months I have at least three auditions coming up.
    Once I do get one, I’ll listen to them.

    I’ve also learned to avoid con artists, more than enough around.

  6. Zach Mathews says:

    You can also get a good manager that will help guide your career AND they can help you w an agent! So then its like you have two other people going to bat for you not just one :)

  7. Most of the time I did the dumping although one agent I dumped responded back that he was leaving me. I am currently agentless due to not being in a market where there is a film industry. So working on my business side of acting and watching online acting tips/reading books. Also doing some personal work on myself so I am in a strong position as well.

    • PS wholeheartedly agree that as actors go out and look for opportunities as well. Never know where you can find that big role to get you to the red carpet carpet. I even connected with a theater producer in an online dating website. Go figure the interesting places you can make connections even at a non acting related event. Just be open to the universe!

  8. LeAnne Rumbel says:

    Amy, when’s the webinar? Amy I have plans to go train in London in 2016, because I see how this country treats unknown actors at my “old” age, & I just don’t want to sit around in my apt in LA or NYC, not getting any calls from my agent who doesn’t know how to market me: I’m not physically “hot” looking, so I’m not a lead type: I’m a character type. I hear in the EU it’s easier for older American female character actors to get some juicier roles, & book steady work. I’m not interested in fame, but to be a successful working actor.

    • Bj Wieland-Doucet says:

      LeAnne, I think we’re in the same boat. I had a bit of success a while back, living in LA, then blew it. Now I’m “not 20-sometthing” & finding it challenging to get work. I see the same avenues for more ‘seasoned’ female actors in the EU. Good luck & let me know how things are working for you.

  9. Adam Feinsilver says:

    Ahhhh…a great opportunity to focus and think out of the box. It’s much better than having an unmotivated agent. GREAT subject, Amy!

  10. Bj Wieland-Doucet says:

    No agent in Atlanta yet so haven’t been dropped.
    The agent I had years ago in LA was great but he retired & moved back to Canada.
    Will keep this video to remind me, just in case.
    THANKS AMY!!!

  11. WayneJohnson says:

    Nothing on my part as well, keep the good info coming

  12. rosie gordon says:

    Great Video as always Amy! Very informative.

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