Considering chasing one or more of those “BOX OFFICE DRAW” actors? Be ready BEFORE you engage….

Considering chasing one or more of those “BOX OFFICE DRAW” actors? Be ready BEFORE you engage…. If you do find your way into a meeting with their casting agency, personal agent and/or manager or even the talent themselves, either via email, phone, or in person… be prepared to provide a script, planned shooting dates, a brief overview on why the specific actor, your budget, other attachments to the project, the director’s background, and make sure you are ready to write a check. Almost all the agents/managers want something in escrow or a pay to play deal in hand before getting involved with a smaller project/studio/producer to make sure you are not wasting their client’s time and that you are “for real”. I do not recommend a small unfunded project engage in a pay or play deal because if you do do this you are libel for the actors full pay, even if the project falls apart. I DO recommend getting all or most of your finance in place PRIOR to chasing talent, unless you or your production have a provable track record of financial success. Most agents will tell you that If you want their actor in your film, you have to have the actor’s FULL FEE in an escrow account in a bank that can be verified and the agent can have full access to assure the actor does not get screwed if your project falls apart. Look, there are a million new projects out there from people who have never made a successful film, why on earth do you think that an established actor is going to jump on your project? They do this for a living. They get paid. Having cash in hand, especially with A and B level actors, will open the door.