When the new commercial agency said they wanted to sign me, I had to do something about my current agent, whom I'm with across the board, meaning he represents me both for commercial and theatrical (tv/film) So instead of saying, "Hey, the last and only commercial audition you sent me out on was almost 6 months ago," I wrote, "Hey, Coast to Coast wants to rep me for commercials. What are your thoughts?"
Now, if you're my agent, you're probably pissed. Why does Coast to Coast want to rep you when you're with ME? Did you do.....SUBMISSIONS? Agents aren't stupid. And he probably knew that if he had a problem with me going over there, I'd drop him like a hot potato.
So he sent me this:
I want to take this opportunity to let you know that I will be trimming down my roster.
Due to the low success rate in the last few months, I feel that perhaps we are a poor fit and you may be better served by a different agency.
Therefore consider this email notice that you are released from your contract and are free to seek new commercial and theatrical
I wish you success in your career. Please keep in touch.
This is a BUSINESS. There was nothing personal on either side for us. If he's submitting me and no casting director is picking me to audition so I can book it and make my agent money, wouldn't his business be better served by dropping me and picking up someone else who could be picked by casting directors? Yes. And do I believe that a different agency might be able to get me out when he wasn't able to? Only time will tell.
I'm excited to see what the rest of the year throws my way. I've got half my team assembled, and new chapters are beginning.
In the meantime I'm visualizing booking a serious commercial campaign. I'm thinking insurance or cell phones. :)