Updated: Nov 2
If you're new to The 98% Podcast then you should definitely get on it. They recently posted these important tips on Twitter when it comes to having an agent which we are totally behind. There are a lot of agents out there not respecting the actors they should be supporting and representing and some downright sickening behaviour from too many also.
An agent should NOT:
🚩Make you pay for any type of service in order to join the agency
🚩Make you afraid to talk to them
🚩Ignore your communication
🚩Give you anxiety when they call
🚩Make false promises
🚩Tell you to change parts of yourself
🚩Not pay you what you’re owed from work you’ve booked
🚩Emotionally blackmail you
🚩Create fake credits for you
An actor-agent partnership is a relationship. If that relationship is toxic in ANY way (even just one of the above examples)…STEP AWAY!!! You are not in a better position just for having an agent. If your agent doesn’t love/respect you as a person, they are not the agent for you.
The 98% is a podcast that will make you laugh, nod along in agreement/frustration, bring you comfort and help remind you that you are not alone in an industry that can, at times, feel impossible.
We started The 98% because we felt that the daily frustrations of being an actor had to be kept under wraps. In a time where social media is taking over, actors feel like they have to constantly be "on" and any signs of vulnerability or broadcasting the times you're not on set or in a rehearsal room seem nowhere to be seen, for fear of being viewed as not a 'proper, working actor.' But with only 2% of actors earning £20,000 a year from acting work that leaves 98% of us with uninspiring day jobs, less than 24 hours to learn 10 pages of script for an audition, trying to figure out how to pay for our Spotlight subscription and waiting for the phone to ring...only our stories are never heard. Whilst listening to interviews with actors who are well known can be interesting and inspiring, their stories of the hard times are usually looked back on in hindsight. We are in the thick of the hard graft, laughing and lamenting about the realities of being an actor. Being part of The 98% may mean that we aren't working consistently but there's still a lot of laughs, lessons and value in our experiences...and we're here to share them.