Guides to Being the Biggest Possible Fish

Big Fish Talent Musts:

  • Cell phone or land line with voicemail.
  • 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!
  • EMAIL. If you don’t check your email everyday, set your email app to alert you when you receive mail from *
  • Continually seek training opportunities!!
  • Are you in theater? Supply your agent with at least two comps to an upcoming performance. Great way to let your agent see more of your work!
  • Current professional headshot with updated resume.

Questions to ask when you get an audition alert

  1. When is the audition? What day / What time?
  2. Where is the audition? Get an address and make sure you know how to get there.
  3. Who is my contact?
  4. When will the project shoot? Check your schedule now for your availability. *If you are not available any/all of the dates, decline the audition.
  5. What is the audition for? Commercial, industrial film, feature film, print, etc.
  6. Is it a Union or Non-Union production?
  7. What will the role pay?
  8. What is the product? and/or  Who is the client?
  9. Is it speaking or non-speaking? Any script available for the audition?
  10. 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, decline the audition with your agent.

Questions to ask 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 date still the same? Check your schedule again to confirm your availability.
  5. Will the script be the same at the callback?
  6. Is there anything else I need to know?

If there is any potential conflict which you don’t think can be resolved, INFORM YOUR AGENT!

Questions to ask 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. Make sure you know how to get there.
  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. Are there any script revisions?
  6. What wardrobe will I need to provide?
  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. Is there anything else I need to know?

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 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 as the character might require.
  • Take along all appropriate accessories for the requested wardrobe … shoes, hosiery, belts, jewelry, ties, hats, handbags or brief cases, coats, etc. as the character might require.
  • 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 or if something is different from what your booking described.
  • 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. NO PHOTOS, VIDEOS, VOICE RECORDINGS, ETC. unless expressly approved by the producer of the project.
  • 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; and, if they money related questions, request that they contact your agent.
  • Don’t talk money with anyone, really. It is impolite.
  • Don’t leave a set, for any reason, without being released by the talent coordinator.
  • Don’t take anyone along with you unless approved prior through your agent.
  • Never forget … You are a Big Fish!

As a big fish talent, you are expected to follow these guidelines. Please be sure to call your agent should you have any questions regarding the above or any other issues.

Remember communication is key! We work for and with each other.  You are big fish nw talent.

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