Acts Who Want Gigs But Wont Showcase!
Please understand, this is not to everyone, but countless times do we receive emails from some singers, Bands and acts requesting work, gigs and services from our agency. Countless times do we request to see the act perform before working with them! And countless times do we either not have response or receive an email stating quite firmly,
“I have been in this business for years, I have NEVER had to audition or showcase for any agents that I work with and all of the social clubs and pubs that I work with re-book me constantly. I have no need to showcase my act and never will!” Believe it or not, that was a real email reply! Believe it or not, this is one of many similar replies.
Furthermore, many of the acts who send their publicity to Franklin James never include video footage of themselves performing or a demo or up to date material to market themselves, making it impossible for us to get a feel for what they do without actually seeing them perform. This also makes it impossible to promote and sell them to the clients that we work with.
Is it such an insult to want to see an act perform before we put them forward to the clients and venue owners we work so hard to keep?
Brad Pitt auditions for roles in Movies! Famous singers audition for labels and other roles! What makes this process so different? (Is it the statement above?) I have NEVER had to audition or showcase for any agents that I work with before…….really? Why?
Franklin James don’t want to see acts to make sure they are good or for our amusement, its not one of those tv talent show auditions! We want to see acts so that we know who we are promoting, so that we know which venues and clients they will suit best and to establish a long term relationship, put a face to a name.
We want the best for the acts we work with and the acts who have outstanding publicity, the acts who are pro-active and positive often get the gigs!
When I was a professional singer, I showcased all the time, some I had to pay for, some were free, but I always prepared for them and took advantage of every opportunity. Not all of them went well, but many did and work was always gained from them. Not necessarily right at the time, but over the coming weeks and months, bookings from these auditions and showcases came.
If you’re looking for bookings, if you’re looking to join a reputable entertainment agency, expect that they will want to see you perform. It should be a standard thing from any reputable company. Be proud that they want to see you and find out what you do, what you like and who you are!
Good luck guys, If you would like some recommendations of agencies who are auditioning or prestigious showcases that agents and companies attend, do get in touch and we can point you in the right direction. 01494 682800 or info@franklin-James.co.uk