Guides to Being the Biggest Possible Fish

Big Fish Talent Musts:

  • Cell phone or land line with voicmail.
  • Keep your agent updated with change of address, phones and email! THIS IS CRITICAL!
  • Keep your agent updated with CURRENT marketing materials! THIS IS CRITICAL!
  • Supply your agent with at least two comps to any performance that you may be in.  What better way to let your agent see what you can do!?!
  • Check your email everyday! If you don’t have email … get it! Free access is available and the email address itself can be free!
  • Continually seek training opportunities!!


Checklist of questions to get answered when you get a call from your agent regarding an audition:

  1. When is the audition? What day / What time?
  2. Where is the audition? Get an address / Get directions.
  3. Who is my contact?
  4. When will the project shoot? Check your schedule now for your availability.
  5. What is the audition for? Commercial, industrial film, feature film, print, etc.
  6. Is it a Union or Non-Union production?
  7. Do we know yet what the project will pay?
  8. What is the product? and/or  Who is the client?
  9. Is it speaking or non-speaking? Any script available?
  10. Should I be wearing anything in particular to the audition?
  11. Should I take along my headshot and resume? (hint: ALWAYS TAKE HEADSHOT & RESUME!) It is never a bad idea to keep a couple of headshots/resumes in your car just in case.
  12. Is there anything else I need to know?

If any of the above questions raise doubt in your mind about the project. If you feel for any reason that the project won’t work for you DO NOT AUDITION! But, let your agent know why!


Checklist of questions to get answered when you get a callback audition:

  1. When is the callback audition? What day / What time?
  2. Where is the callback audition? Get an address / Get directions.
  3. Who is my contact?
  4. Is the production shoot date still the same? Check your schedule again for your availability.
  5. Will the script be the same? Is new script available?
  6. Should I be wearing anything in particular to the callback audition? As a general rule, unless told differently, you should wear to the callback what you wore to the initial audition.
  7. Should I take along my headshot and resume? Always! Even for callbacks. Invariably they’ll want a headshot when you haven’t brought them. It is a good idea to keep a bunch of pics under the seat of your car for emergencies.
  8. Is there anything else I need to know?

Once again, if there is any potential conflict that you don’t think can be resolved, inform your agent; but,  DO NOT GO TO THE CALLBACK!

Checklist of questions to get answered when you’re booked on a project:

  1. When is the shoot? What day / What is the call time?
  2. What is the location of the shoot?  Get an address / Get directions.
  3. Who is my contact?
  4. How long will the shoot likely take? Make any necessary schedule adjustments. You should always plan a full day even if you are told it will be less time.
  5. Will the script be the same?  Is new script available?
  6. What wardrobe or props do I need to take with me?
  7. Will hair and makeup services be provided by the client? Even if you’re told it is bring a your own make-up on every shoot. It never hurts to be prepared.
  8. What will the project pay? Any O.T should the day be long?
  9. Is there anything else I need to know?

Checklist of Do(s) and Don’t(s) once you’ve been booked on a project:


  • Get all your questions answered by your agent.
  • Prepare, as necessary, for the job at hand.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the requested call time. (Consider Traffic)
  • Take along all the requested wardrobe, giving the client multiple selections to choose from making sure all are clean and properly pressed.
  • Take along all appropriate accessories for the requested wardrobe … shoes, hosiery, belts, jewelry, ties, hats, handbags or brief cases, coats, etc.
  • Let your agent know if you are lacking anything that has been requested.
  • Put together a project bag to take to every shoot, to include: makeup, shoes, hosiery, belts, ties,  jewelry – like watches, rings, cuff links, tie clasps, earrings, necklaces, bangles, etc., hair accessories – like: hair gels, sprays,  tonics, combs, brushes, bands, barrettes, curling iron, etc.
  • If hair and makeup services will be provided by the client, arrive with your face clean, with your usual base makeup applied, and your hair clean and dry.
  • If you are to be ‘hair and makeup ready’, arrive with makeup applied and hair ready to style to the client’s liking. Take with you your makeup and hair accessory bag(s).
  • Take along the contact’s phone number or the location site phone number to call should you run into any difficulties en route to the project.
  • Take along your agent’s phone number to call with any questions or problems.
  • Call your agent and your on-set contact, the minute you’re aware, should you find that you can’t make it to a job for any reason
  • Remember to turn off any electronic devices like cell phones, pagers and any others throughout the production.
  • Always use BFNW Talent contact information when filling out any forms on-site.
  • If anything about the project is different from what you understood it would be, request a moment to contact your agent.
  • Always remember … You are a Big Fish.


  • Never assume anything.
  • Do not accept a job that has potential conflicts … be it in schedule or product. If you have done one project for Bob’s Groceries do not accept a booking for Joe’s Groceries.
  • Don’t let the client put you in a situation that could be hazardous to your health. You want to please and might be tempted to cross a line in a situation that is potentially health threatening. Listen to your inner voice and protect yourself. There are stunt people for such things. Call your agent should such issues arise.
  • Never arrive late to a location without having contacted your agent and your on-set contact to make them aware of your status.
  • Don’t talk to a client about money be it how much the job is paying or how to handle payment of a project. If they have questions, request that they contact your agent. If you have questions, you should contact your agent.
  • Never .. ever .. talk money with another talent on set. This is cause for termination of representation.
  • Don’t leave a set, for any reason, without being released by the talent coordinator.
  • Don’t take anyone along with you to a shoot unless prior approved by the client.
  • Never forget … You are a Big Fish!




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