This business is based on relationships. And some of you are in the early stages of your career where your relationships are just beginning (I call these friendships btw). but the longer you’re at it the more people you will work with or just meet. Let’s talk about being a pro and a kind human!
Your Audition Tracker- Knowing the people who bring you in and bring you in consistently MATTERS. When you meet with reps they will often ask if you have any fans, aka CDs you audition for a lot. I remember sitting in early meetings and wondering how TF I was supposed to know so many casting directors’ names off the cuff. Turns out if I would have tracked my auditions better, I would have seen the through-lines of who was calling me in! BIG bonus: a lot of casting folks you meet early in your career are also early in theirs. Why not recognize and follow/support each other as you grow?!
The Call Sheet- When you’re on set, you will literally meet 50 people before you step foot in front of the camera. Being able to treat everyone as a human, from your van driver to the background actor who’s been tasked with bumping into you in the scene, to the director…they all matter and all worked hard to get there. I reference my call sheet often on a set and even more often afterward! Connecting who I worked with from one project to the next makes this world so much smaller and cozier.
PS: You can ask for a call sheet while you’re on set. Be chill about it and ask a PA who is not in a rush or not working on 100 tasks at once (which they often are)!
My Notes App- Faster than the call sheet, I simply write down the names of who I meet. This way I have heard and written them more than once. And I also write down their social handles if I can remember too or if it comes up in convo (obviously we’re all here for work first and foremost so sometimes I don’t have too). This makes tagging them so easy when the project airs! Or if I am interested in recommending them for another job or hiring someone myself, boom! I already got a contact.
this has not been thoroughly spellchecked and we are ok with that