Mondays Acting News- dropped by my agent

Monday. Finally starting to cool off in Southern California. September and October are always the hottest months here and it's still so hard to get used to. After a lifetime of experiencing Fall weather, it's tough to accept 90 plus degrees in mid October. It doesn't REALLY cool off until November. I have some bad news. My agent dropped me this weekend. Ive been working with her for 2 years now and see sent me an email on Friday informing me of her decision. I'm not surprised and I don't really blame her. She has sent me on many auditions and there have been quite a few that I just couldn't get to. Sometimes that's no big deal. Most times a no-show goes unnoticed. But every once in a while, the casting director has the casting assistant cal the agents to ask if a certain MIA actor is indeed coming to the casting. Thats when the agent gets upset. Understandably so. No Shows make the agent and actor look bad. It's been REALLY hard to commit to auditions lately. I've basically been working two full-time jobs.... both of which have been keeping me busy. My production company has been growing, which is a really good thing, so Ive been very busy with that. My job as a Market Manager for "I and Love and You" Pet Care has been expanding and I've been very busy with that. Add to that the level of difficulty of making it on time to auditions in Los Angeles and not driving yourself completely insane sitting in endless stretches of traffic and you can see how my acting life starts show neglect. When I have 3 or 4 things going on in a day and I'm supposed to be in Santa Monica at 3:30PM for an audition, its HIGHLY likely that I'm not going to make it. Being all the way on the west side on the fringe of rush hour means you're going to spend two to two and a half hours getting there and getting back (at least) and that doesn't include the time you spend finding parking and waiting at your audition. Hey, if you are dedicated and driven enough, you'll make EVERY audition and bring your best every time. Right now I'm just unable to do that. I'm not saying that I'm giving up acting. Maybe getting dropped by my agent will inspire me to find other ways stay active. I can still self submit for projects that I find interesting. Plus more than half of the auditions I would get from her were clearly not bookable for me... in my opinion. To be successful as an actor in this town you have to be 100% committed and put the time an energy into your career like any other full time job. Your work doesn't start and end when you are "on set." A persons acting career in this crazy blend or clear and present "work," as well as consistently finding ways to promote yourself. An actor needs to be training or "acting" as mush as possible, to stay sharp and keep the artist inside alive and engaged. A successful actor in LA is always ready to pounce on networking opportunities as well. You have to get out and meet the people that are going to cast you in the next film or TV pilot. Where are you going to meet those people? Who the hell knows! That could happen anywhere at anytime, so you better be out and about on a regular basis, shaking hands and introducing yourself. AND, while every "Larry Dick & Shmo" Actor in Hollywood is trying to do the same thing... YOU have to find a way to stand out... separate yourself from the masses... because there are LOT of actors out there... many of them have no business calling themselves an actor... but they exist... and he or she is standing next to you when you sign in at your next casting session.

So what's in store for Writer/Director/Actor James Huffman.... I'll keep working hard on my budding production business. I'll keep working hard on marketing the heck out this fantastic line of pet food. I'll finish the 2 short films that I'm working on right now. I'll find time to write and keep working on some of my struggling screenplays. I'll submit myself for a film project here and there... try to keep my acting chops in shape. I'll keep paying my SAG/AFTRA dues. I'll keep working on being a good husband, friend and person AND.....

See what happens

 

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  • Nancy McNally

    Nancy McNally Pinehurst, NC

    and son

    and son

  • jamescliftonhuffman.com

    jamescliftonhuffman.com

    Aw. Love you Mom.

    Aw. Love you Mom.

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