Grabbing At Straws
Part of the of the vicissitudes of this business is that sometimes clients just plain don’t work out. It is not due to a lack of trying on the parts of both parties. An unexplained circumstance can grip a client on your roster that prevents them from getting their fair share of auditions. It could be a conflict with another client, or their type is just saturated at the moment. Generally, you try and tough it out with that client. The client has to understand that your show of loyalty and faith in their talents comes from the passion you have within for that client and what brought you into becoming a talent representative.
The client always has the upper hand to move on if nothin’ is shakin’. Every client is a gamble. You win some and you lose some.
What can make the stomach of the company churn is when a client gets a modicum of a string of auditions without any callbacks. Then it can get ugly. The client suggests other talents you may be interested in or suggest other clients all for the sake of trying to maintain their value to the company.
The worst is when an actor can’t book any acting work and then suddenly they want to be represented for literary as a writer, or director, etc.
This can be infuriating because a huge amount of time and resources has been devoted to that client as an actor and to devote even more time and another set of resources to them as a writer is an obtuse way of hanging on.
To add insult to injury, when you’re freelancing with a client that is difficult to book, in the hopes of them booking work to justify signing, if and when they do book through their own efforts (or so they think) they only share their excitement with you. Their excitement doesn’t keep the lights on. This is a business of commissions. If you don’t want to pay commissions just hit the bricks.