Having 2 agents is better then having one, right? Well that's what I thought anyway. MORE people working for you to get you MORE opportunities and MORE exposure. How could this be anything but beneficial to my girls!?
Everything seemed to be going along with my theory until I got a call from one of our agents. "Hi, we wanted to let you know we were able to get the girls straight through to a callback for a Barbie Audition tomorrow". Uh oh, I thought. Now what do I say. I had just gone to that exact same audition a few days before through the other agency. How did this get intertwined!? They assured me there wouldn't be a conflict and now here I am the new kid on the block having to figure out how to respond hoping that neither agency is going to drop my girls because of it.
So I went with plan A- be Honest! Really the only plan I live my life by. I was honest from the start with both agencies and told both of them upfront my decision to have the girls represented by 2 agencies. I was assured by one that there would be no conflict and explained that to the second before we signed with them. Both seemed to be ok with it until the day I got the phone call.
Luckilly, everything worked out in the end. A few hours later things were back to normal and I think I cleared my name from being the bad guy in this equation. It was definitely a bit stressful, but after lots of phone calls back and fourth and a few chain emails later, I think both our agents understood that I wasn't purposely trying to screw either of them over. I was a week or 2 into this whole new world and trying to navigate the best that I could. At one point I figured if either agency let us go because of it, they weren't the type of agencies I could see my girls working with. And they didn't. And in the end the girls never ended up booking the commercial anyway.
So... here's what I learned about having 2 agencies so close to each other. Sometimes there can be a mix up... like Barbie. It's not really anyone's fault but most likely the parents will be the ones that get blamed (as if i KNEW this was going to happen). Number 2... say you book a job with one agency that's not a huge job but you take it because well... IT'S A JOB! Then you find out the day before that you have an audition through the other agency with a potentially huge and promising client. You can't cancel the job that you've already committed to with your one agency but you don't want to upset the other agency that is setting you up on an amazing audition. So what do you do!? Don't ask me!!! I'm still trying to figure it out...