#1 Complaint from Agents and Managers

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The #1 complaint from agents and managers

You take your sweet ole time to confirm your audition. Yes, you read that  correctly. Agents and managers send a text, email the audition info and also forward the Cmail to you and…(cue crickets chirping).

You obviously think your reps have a lot of free time to have to check in with you, several times using several mediums.

There are actors out there reading this who do not have an agent and they’re saying, whhhaaaaaaaaa?

And who can blame them for that response?

Actors make the trek out to LA and NYC to pursue their DREAM. They arrive gung-ho. They can’t wait. They’re coming out of their skin they’re so excited. I remember. That’s how I was when I started (and I still am!!).

The biggest misconception that a lot of actors hold is that…once I get an agent everything will be A-okay.

Having an agent is GREAT and it’s essential, but it does not mean that your work stops.

Those that take their sweet time confirming and those that don’t take the time to staple their resume to their headshot (a CD just posted about this)…they have a bigger problem.

They do not have a healthy WORK ETHIC.

I have coaching clients and I see this from them all the time. Lazy. Unmotivated.

And I hear it from their reps. Their reps reach out to me and say, hey, I need this from them or I need that from them.

It’s my job to keep them on-track but at the same time, how many times should I have to tell them to do the same thing?

 

Do You Have An Agent and/or Manager?:
*Do you have any idea how hard your reps are working for you?

*And when is the last time you booked something that put money in their pocket?

I don’t care whether you’re an actor, singer, dancer or rocket scientist…Lazy will get you nowhere.

And those that are working on your behalf will lose their mojo for you and quick!

But if you choose to not recognize a bit of this in yourself and do not seek to make those changes & adjustments.

That’s okay, the rest of us will bring our A-Game each and every time…and book book book!

Break A Leg!!


“ACTING…It’s Not For Sissies”
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Don’t Be Afraid To Say No & Take A Time-Out

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HAPPY WEEKEND TO EVERYONE!!!

I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend and doing something fun.

I have decided to take a mental break from “the grind” this weekend. Ommmmmmmmmmmmmm

With that being said my version of “taking it easy” probably isn’t the same as others. I guarantee you there will still be work accomplished.

Okay, I will simply take it down a notch. I have to work on relaxing. Hello, I’m Nicole and I’m a workaholic. I’ll put relaxing on the To-Do List. 🙂

My family of course finds it funny that I say I’m “busy”. Like most families and people with a 9-5, they think if you’re not sitting in a cubicle all day long you must be on vacation. 🙂

Even though I have worked from home for 15 years!!

Well, I have been busy working non-stop for months. Writing my book, publishing my book, marketing my book…all the while working with my LA coaching clients daily, working on my screenplays and auditioning while in Houston.

It was not an easy decision to take a time out from LA & refocus my energies, albeit temporarily.

But sometimes in life it’s okay to say, okay, wait a minute. I’m spread thin and I cannot possibly accomplish everything I want to and need to all at the same time.

It was one of the most difficult and yet smartest decisions I ever made.

I was at a point that I realized in every area of my life it was about someone else.  And my needs and goals were not being met. I was working as a property manager, acting coach and of course, actress and writer.

Acting is always #1 for me. Always and forever. But it started to feel as though there were not enough hours in the day to accomplish all of my creative goals. I have a lot of stories to tell. And I plan to tell them.

 

I’m a giving person. I love using my skills to help others. I did it previously with my party staffing company & I currently use those skills to help my coaching clients.

But guess what? There will always be those that take advantage. I give and give and give and then finally say, okay, the party’s over.

I talk about this a bit in my book. This realization may come with age, but it’s okay for you to say no to people. If they truly respect you and their motives are genuine, they will understand.

Coming to that point of knowing and realization also put a glaring spotlight on the unhealthy relationships in my life.

It doesn’t matter what city you live in or what industry you work, we all have those people in our lives.

We become comfortable in the dysfunction. Well, that dysfunction is weighing you down.

As I stated in my book, “I am urging you to look closely at the people you surround yourself with, take inventory and perhaps clean house a bit”. 

There is no feeling like it! The timing all came together at the same time. Flush the toxins and set out on a new journey.

Truthfully, there is no perfect scenario pour moi. No such thing.

When I’m in LA full-time, I miss my family and all of their daily happenings.

While in Houston, as busy as I am, I miss all the happenings in LA. I really miss my friends & I miss all those auditions!

I am asked pretty frequently by my LA friends and others, “hey, when are you comin’ back?” 🙂

My whole life is in LA: friends, work & all my stuff!  Not to mention the ocean, hills & mountains. I do miss it, I must say.

At the same time, I am a woman on a mission. I have some goals I wish to complete and then I’ll be back before you can say Callback!

I am enjoying auditioning in the local markets in the South. It’s a different animal. Some familiar faces and I love meeting new casting people! And I’ve come to really love self-taping auditions. If you know me and my lack of technical prowess, that’s really somethin’. 🙂 Every opportunity is always appreciated.

It’s all good news.

My tip to you and the point of this sharing is: If you’re feeling overwhelmed and over-worked, don’t be afraid to say, hey, I need a time out. And don’t be afraid to say no to the “takers” in your life.

I promise your life, work and relationships will benefit immensely.

And to my friends in LA, See you soon!! xo

Break A Leg!

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“ACTING…It’s Not For Sissies”

www.amazon.com/dp/B00WFK8SS4

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Bookstore Locations, Availability & Updates

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Hello everyone. Thank you for taking a look at my new book.

A sequel to this one is in the works. I am continuing to utilize examples and experiences with my coaching clients as inspiration as well as the questions and comments I receive on the regular from actors.

Please follow this blog & always feel free to post questions. I would be happy to assist and if it’s not something I’ve heard before, it just might make it into the next book.

Below are bookstore locations and the Amazon link to view and purchase the book.

If you have a favorite local bookstore that you love to support (or your college bookstore) you may simply ask that they order it for you.

Happy Week & Break a leg!!

“ACTING...It’s Not For Sissies”

AMAZON:

ENGLISH eBook & Paperback:  http://amzn.to/1MigmKN

 

eBook in SPANISH: http://amzn.to/1L2ITEU

SPANISH Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/dp/152279994X

eBook in JAPANESE: http://amzn.to/1O7yVX0

 

SAMUEL FRENCH BOOKSHOP

7623 Sunset Blvd Hollywood, CA 90046

BARNES & NOBLE:

[ LA & NYC ]

1201 3rd Street Promenade, SANTA MONICA, CA 90401

150 East 86th Street (& Lexington Ave) NEW YORK, NY 10028

7610 Hazard Center Dr. Ste. 315 SAN DIEGO, CA 92108

THE GROVE 189 The Grove Dr K 30, LOS ANGELES, CA 90036


BARNES & NOBLE 

(Texas Locations)

1201 Lake Woodlands Dr. The Woodlands, TX 77381

5656 Fairmont Pkwy Pasadena, TX 77505

11200 Broadway St Unit 500, Pearland, TX 77584

10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin, TX 78759


COLLEGE BOOKSTORES:

SMU 3060 Mockingbird Lane Dallas, Texas 75205

Texas Tech University 17th and Boston Lubbock, TX 79409