DR. MEL'S WEEKLY MESSAGEOCTOBER 8, 2012
LACA NOLA TALENT GROUP
- LACA NOLA self-imposes the SAG contract. We follow the contract, including having a surety bond and separate bank account that only is for actor's commissions. Likewise, we follow and mandate all Coogan Accounts for our child actors upon signing with us. Also, we follow the SAG rule for contract termination, e.g., what is known in the industry as the four-month rule. If you aren't happy with us after four months, you can terminate the contract. That way, you aren't bound to a year contract. Our commission rate for SAG actors are also in line with the SAG/AFTRA contract.
- When you are booked by a production company, you are the employee of that production company. As a SAG actor, that production must be a SAG film; therefore, all elements of the SAG contract are in force. It is important to remember, that an actor IS NEVER an employee of a talent agency, any agency for that matter. It is a contractual agreement for the agency to find employment and jobs in the market you desire representation.
- We are not an "Exclusionary" agency meaning that you can have another agent. We will gladly work with the second agent for your best interest. In fact, if a casting director wants you for a commercial, and we only represent you in film and theater, we make note of that on the website and will connect your commercial agent with the casting director.
- LACA NOLA TALENT GROUP would not have contracted you for representation if we did not back you or believe in you as an actor 100%. We will take assertive measures to market you and make you known to the elite casting directors in this industry. How? Now, if I gave that away, we wouldn't have the advantage over other agencies. Just know, we have the industry contacts to do so.
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BURN THE SHIPS!
What is Your Level of Commitment?
When Cortez gave his orders to burn the ships, his men no doubt “got it” that he was serious about this mission. It takes commitment like this if you really want results in your career. But in today’s world, what is a typical commitment by most people? All too often it’s a lukewarm response that says, “Sure I can give it a shot,” and with one hand outstretched, we reach for the stars. But just in case things don’t work out, we keep our other hand Cortez firmly grasped to the chair in our familiar and comfortable office in the world of the known and predictable. As I read somewhere once: When the going gets tough, those who keep one eye on the way out usually lose.
We all go through times in our lives when we know we must commit to change, and in some cases, significant change. And if we are honest, we will admit change scares the daylights out of us.
Fully committing to success means there are no excuses. If you commit to a new career, then burn the ship of excuses because nothing short of total realization of that goal is acceptable. Old goal setting is gone forever, and the only things you are focused on are the prizes, the Brass Ring. Falling back and achieving the same old mediocrity isn’t a success of any kind; it falls far short of your goal.
If you commit to making new contacts that will aid in your growth/success every week, but you used to meet with one every three+ months, burn that ship of what used to be acceptable. It’s gone! Meet the new goal you have established! Simply saying “I want to do this or that” isn't good enough. Commitment requires that we change the verb from “Want” to “Will”. I “Will” contact new producers/directors/casting agents this week, I “Will” make this goal/deadline, and I “Will” change my attitude. It’s time to Burn the Ship of Negativity.
I’m not stating that you burn the proverbial ship (give up the day job which buys you food & pays rent); I am merely suggesting that you make it a personal policy to fight the good fight & never give in to negative feelings about your inabilities/insecurities that certainly slows the tides of progression. Make sure you’re committed to go the distance & demand perfection in all you accomplish each & every day. Casting directors are certainly expecting a bigger bang for the buck when you show up…. give it to them! We don’t plan to fail…we just fail to plan.
Your Action: When you make your next commitment, write it down on a piece of paper and keep it in a conspicuous place where you will see it daily.