So much time in this industry is spend pondering etiquette - should I send them a thank-you note? Is it okay to call that agent who really liked me but hasn't sent me out?
I think I've finally found a moment where there is no established etiquette. I spent the morning calling all the commercial casting directors I went in for over the last week, to let them know that my on-camera agency had closed and to make sure they had my personal phone number. I witnessed a variety of reactions - mostly they were very, very surprised that my agency, which had been around for 35 years and had a long client list would close so suddenly. But one casting director said "Oh I know, I'll contact your agent directly if I want to call you back in." Really? I mean, I suspected that my main agents there would probably set up there own shop - but they've yet to even officially tell any of the talent about the office shutting down. I only know because my friend called me in a panic. If he hadn't I would just think it's a slow week. Sooo.... when where the planning on telling us all this? Hmmmm...?
As I was writing this, I got a call from the people I shoot the CarMax spot with.They had heard our agency had closed and wanted to see if I'd gotten paid yet. I haven't - but I know they only sent the payment two weeks ago and it usually takes a month or two for my agent to pass that along. Essentially, I'm choosing not to worry about it, which is a good idea, right? right!?!