2) Once you have clarity...
Once your vision is in place, you will be able to make more informed decisions. There will be some requests that won’t be a fit for you or won’t be congruent with your lifestyle and financial situation. It’s ok to say no whilst being respectful to all parties. Not every opportunity or request is going to be right for you, so please be thoughtfully selective, this way you will be available to say ‘yes’ to the matches.
3) Research | Pros and cons list | Your why
Before making any kind of decision, it is vital to do your homework. Take the time to research the company, what have they done before and what is their reputation.
What is the venue/platform and who will be able to see the production/project?
What is the role? What is the commitment? Who are the creatives?
Taking the time to grab a piece of paper and a pen and complete a pros and cons exercise can be brilliantly revealing. It will help you to cement your thoughts so you can check that it works with your vision, rather than just being talked into it by an enthusiastic member of the team.
4) Talk to your agent, seek advice
It is crucial you work with your agent, not against them. Many agents may be open to you taking on a profit share job- it could be something they could bring casting directors to or it could boost your profile.
Don’t be tempted to negotiate the terms by yourself, especially if a friend has asked you- always refer them to your agent. It will keep matters cleaner. Keep in mind the long term vision, work as a partnership, listen to their advice and then make a decision that you are both happy with.
Be clear on the terms upfront- i.e. you are still available to attend castings / you will receive a copy of the film for your showreel with ‘x’ time etc.
5) Maximise your opportunities
Whether the opportunity is paid or unpaid, remember to always be business minded. Market early so people see your work. Build relationships and be great and memorable always. Use social media and support the project you are involved with, you never know where it may lead.