Loyal reader Lost and Lonely sent me this question:
The agent I first signed with after college (when I was 21) calls me once a year to send me on an audition. Mind you, I have never been in to the office, or given new photos. I've had other representation, and feel like i wanna just give her the big "F-YOU!!" What do you think?
Well, L&L, this is a great question. Your agent is still sending you out because it sounds like, as far as she knows, she hasn't ever been dropped. She believes you are still a client.
So give her the big ole F-You, but do it officially and pleasantly, because you never know what may happen in the future. She could hire on another agent in two years who discovers you at Jennifer's Coffees over in Studio City and would work extra hard for you, so always be kind in your drop letter.
From the start of the initial contract, (when you sign your contracts and give them to your agent [after having made a copy for yourself!]) SAG allows a 120 day opt-out for whatever type of contract you sign with a SAG franchised agency. If you don't get work (not just auditions, but a bona fide offer of employment) with them in the first 120 days, you can terminate your contract with your agent but you must notify them by certified mail. That's right. Certified mail. Remember the last time you did that? For college apps? Well, the postal service still offers it for around $3.
But since you've been with your agent longer than that, I've got good news: If you haven't received an offer of bona-fide employment from your agent in the last 91 days, you can terminate, or drop, your agent, again, by certified mail.
And keep your letter short and simple, something along the lines of:
I am afraid I must release myself from our contract due to no employment offers in the last three months. I wish you continued success for your clients and your company. Best, Lost and Lonely.Your relationship is still good as you're just stating a fact instead of blaming your agent.
Agents work hard. They don't get paid until you get paid, but sometimes the agent you're with isn't the right one for you. Keep on trucking. You'll find the right one eventually. And then you won't have to struggle anymore.