Actors are flakey. It’s incredibly annoying. Actors work to get auditions and then they bail. Actors commit to classes and then they don’t show. Actors get booked and then come up with a lame excuse. When an actor sites a “family emergency” as his or her reason for flaking; I always think that actor is lying (unless I know that actor and have worked with him/ her many times before). Yes, he or she may actually have a family emergency, but I hear it so often that I just don’t believe it anymore. Illness is also a lame excuse, unless you’re hospitalized or unable to walk, you should at the very least show up. The worst excuse of all of course is: your own flakiness! Actors always forget that they already have a rehearsal or an audition or a meeting or a vacation or some other obligation. There are wonderful inventions that make keeping a schedule easier than it has ever been before. Maintaining professionalism is the key to moving up as an actor. Here are some tips for fighting the flake.
1. Get a smart phone (you can update and access your calendar at all times)
2. Don’t audition for projects you know you are not available for. It’s disrespectful to the creative team, and it will come back to bite you.
3. Don’t audition for any projects that you do not intend to accept. Once again, totally disrespectful and a waste of everyone’s time.
4. Don’t commit to anything until you have checked your schedule thouroughly.
5. If you do actually have an emergency that prevents you from attending an audition. Contact your agent ASAP (and if you don’t have a rep, call the casting office that called you in for the audition) Apologize profusely, and then explain what the situation is to your agents so that they can pass on the info. We might not believe you, but at least you tried.
So actors, please tell me, why are you so flakey? What is it that leads to this epidemic of flakiness? Have you ever used the “family emergency” excuse to back out of a project. Are you the exception that proves the rule? I want to know so let’s talk about it. Comments are always welcome!