Ever wondered what an Agent does all day?
A day in the life of BBM’s Becky Barrett -Agent/Managing Director
(This day was fully recorded and transcribed. Names of people mentioned are kept private. More than 50% of entries were deleted to prevent from this post being infinitely long. This post is still ridiculously long!)
5:30AM Wake up (painfully and slowly). Feed the 3 dogs, check emails, get the workout gear on and head to the gym.
6:00AM Heavy sweating begins.
7:18AM Back home- make a protein shake, shower, pack suitcase, change outfits 3 times.
8:27AM Check social media and emails again.
8:28AM Write down my “To-Do List” for the day. Star items still on to do list from day before.
9:00AM Change outfits again (back to the first one). Leave the house to brave the commute.
THE INDUSTRY HAS RISEN
10AM Respond to all waiting emails, healthy shake hasn’t even touched the sides, Leon’s it is for a muffin at Euston station. Check Spotlight for new breakdowns. Touch base with Danielle and Simon regarding work for today, clients that need contacting.
11AM Boarded train to Glasgow with Danielle, road trip for War Horse Press Night.
11:30AM Third breakfast underway. Client calls with recall news for a casting.
11:35AM Casting Director calls with a recall for a different client and show.
11:45AM 25 actors have sent me their ‘materials’ (cover letter, photos, reel, links) for consideration of representation in the past day. Flag those of potential interest.
12PM Spotlight check again.
12:15PM Self-tape details sent out to clients for a commercial, quick turnaround time, Simon is ON IT.
12:30PM Caffeine fix!
12:45PM Booking in to see graduate showcases, diary is slightly crazy!.
12:50PM Emails, emails, emails!
1PM Catch up with clients re their morning castings.
1:15PM Invitation to guests for upcoming shows our clients are in.
1:30PM LUNCH! Don’t need any more food, but too tempting to turn it down.
2PM Invitation going out to an industry professional to request a workshop with our clients. Spotlight check for new breakdowns.
2:30PM Brainstorming with Danielle for future opportunities for clients, discussions on who needs to do what, who needs what feedback.
2:40PM Finally received confirmation for an available studio for the next agency workshop, seriously need to look at planning these 5 years in advance! (eye roll).
4:10PM Best taxi driver ever, Londoner’s should be happier.
4:15PM Hit the jackpot with the hotel, not a grimy mark in sight.
4:30PM Initiate client drama for the day. Various phone calls going back and forth, NOBODY PANIC!
4:41PM Drama solved, we all survived, crisis averted. Felt distraught for the client, but we’re all human, these things happen. Daily.
5PM Wrapping up on final responses to emails and Spotlight submissions. Almost time for the pre- Press Night Espresso Martini.
6PM AND BREATHE. Cocktail and dinner.
7PM Sneaky look at emails…. they’re addictive!
7:10PM Arrive at theatre, introduce ourselves to Production, deliver gift to client, settle in for the show.
8:45PM Interval. Check emails and social media (again!)
10:15PM Curtain down, Tears for this one, what a show. Head to the party venue, checking emails on-route. Making a mental “to do” list for the next day.
10:30PM Congratulate the client, he’s buzzing from the show, this is why we do our job.
11:30PM Final mental rundown and discussion with Danielle on the events of the day, anything we need to remember to chase or initiate tomorrow.
12PM Lights out zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz