Today we go BTS (behind the scenes) to shine the spotlight on Bryan Misener, Agent at The Characters Talent Agency.
Bryan has been an agent for 16 years … representing principal talent for Film, Television and Stage.
10 QUESTIONS WITH BRYAN MISENER
1. WHAT WAS YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING AN AGENT?
I was an actor first, but not a good one. I started at The Characters as a receptionist, then an assistant, then finally promoted to being an agent.
2. WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH BEING AN AGENT?
It can be quite hectic, always seems to time constraints. It’s quite busy, but it can be a struggle to get your clients seen. When casting gets 500 submissions per role and only see 10 people, it can be difficult. You want actors to be fully committed, but they also have lives that get in the way. Lot of juggling.
3. WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN NEW TALENT?
Do they fit into the roster. Are they different enough from those I already rep. Do they have great potential? Are they professional? Are they a decent person? Is this someone I want to speak to regularly.
4. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE THAT PERFORMERS MAKE WHEN SUBMITTING TO YOU FOR REPRESENTATION? (OR THE BIGGEST MISTAKE PERFORMERS MAKE IN THE TALENT/AGENT RELATIONSHIP)
Spelling my name wrong. Sending a cover letter to the wrong agent. Not being prepared and professional. Not doing their homework on the type of agency we are.
Once they are repped, the biggest mistakes are not being professional, ie; late for auditions, not being prepared, cancelling at the last minute, not letting us know about unavailability.
5. HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR TALENT TO HAVE A DEMO-REEL (WHEN SUBMITTING TO YOU FOR REPRESENTATION)?
Pretty important to have something on tape. Even if it’s a scene from a class. We need to see how you look, sound, move on camera before we consider taking you on.
6. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING TALENT?
Try to do as much as possible. School shows, community theatre, shoot scenes on your phone. Take scene study, audition technique, improv classes.
7. WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON PERFORMERS WHO PROMOTE THEMSELVES USING SOCIAL MEDIA?
You have to be careful not to become a ‘personality’, unless that’s what you’re looking for.
8. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION OF AN AGENT’S ROLE?
That we wait for the phone to ring, rather than seeking work. That we are more concerned about money than a client’s career.
9. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE CHANGE WITHIN THE CANADIAN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY?
Would be great to get Canadians into larger US projects that shoot here. Would be great if the media here spent as much time on Canadian talent as they do on US talent. Canadian networks are doing better at promoting Canadian shows, but need to do more.
10. WE ALL HAVE MENTORS … THE PEOPLE WHO GIVE US HOPE, INSPIRATION AND THE DRIVE TO KEEP GOING … WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS AND WHY?
Larry Goldhar, who started The Characters more than 45 years ago. He has a stellar reputation in the business, known for his integrity, honesty and professionalism. Agents from other agencies reach out to him for advice, as we all do. Now that he’s retired, Jennifer Goldhar is the new president, and she leads by example. Hard working, kind, relentless but the most diplomatic person. I try to emulate her.
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(Please note – The Characters does NOT represent background talent)