It has been way too long since I last blogged. But life does that too you doesn't it? As an actor and entrepreneur and husband, many times little things that matter get forgotten.
But there is no time like the present!
A lot has changed since my last blog, I've left my long time agent and am now a lone wolf you might say and my entrepreneurial efforts have taken up a lot of my time.
I'll admit, I was very trepidations when my agent and I parted ways. It wasn't really my intention to leave him when the conversation started via email, but it became clear to me very quickly that it was time for a change. Silly me, I thought I'd jump ship and be with another agent in no time but the industry has changed a lot since I first started making a fool of myself for the world to see. I ended up going the traditional route of putting myself out there and seeing what agents were interested, but none that were the calibre that I needed showed any interest. I was not about to start all over again with an up and coming agent who less standing in the business than I do, that would be a waste of my time. I hope that doesn't sound pompous, I just have to put my needs a little higher up these days and if I had done that sooner, who knows what might have happened.
I did find an agency that I really liked, but they feel I can't compete with their existing talent so they suggested I add some more credits to my resume and keep in touch. I kind of liked that: she presented me with a challenge! I took it and started representing myself and I've done better than I have for the past 3 years in the first three months. It couldn't have come at a better time actually because, unfortunately, my family has had a string of emergencies since the beginning of the year. My Mom has been in and out of the hospital, my Mother-in-law has suffered a stroke and is on the long road to recovery and my beloved dog Gandalf passed away just last week.
But with the bad comes the good and I am always striving to be an optimistic person and keep that mentality. My businesses have been doing very well, especially the Knights in the Classroom which is expanding at a more rapid rate that I first projected it would. With it, the improv troupe should also see a surge but that's another challenge in itself. The live theatre industry is changing. More and more people are staying home and watching TV and are less interested in a live performance unless it is presented by a majorly known talent. Sadly, many of those major talents have inflated ticket prices to the point where theatre is becoming an elitist venture reserved for the very well off. But instead of curling up into a little ball and disappearing, I am actively changing my strategy to make things work. Rolling with the punches. Insert whatever cliche for not giving up you want. But it all takes time and a lot of effort and if it takes too long, history suggests that my amazing talent will lose interest, become less available and move on. That's okay, because if someone doesn't know the value of my efforts, then it's better if they just move on. There are a lot of talent out there who would love to be a member of the Canadian Improv Showcase.
I can honestly say that I'm rather content right now. Busy as hell. But actually rather happy with the control I now have over my acting career. With the family emergencies I don't know how fair it would be to any agent to be booked out sporadically and at the last minute. It's probably best I rep myself. Funny enough, one of my friends suggested I start my own agency and I might just do that. I've started by trying to gain full access to the major casting sites for my own purposes and with a little help from a few kind and compassionate casting directors, I should have that hurdle jumped. I already run a management company helping my wife's publishing pursuits, perhaps I'll just expand that.
I better redesign that logo...