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Abby Girvin

Agents

Abby Girvin is the partner / LA Agency director of the DDO Artists agency with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and Nashville/Atlanta. DDO is known for being one of the top commercial agencies in Los Angeles...

Questions

  1. Do you contractually sign every client? If not, why not?
  2. All actors want to know what the typical commercial agent considers a really good “booking ratio” / percentage.
  3. Do you think, because of technology and the changes in the last decade, that more commercial work will move away or stay in L.A./New York, or stay in those two cities or continue to go elsewhere?
  4. Express your frustration when a client fails to book out consistently?
  5. Have you ever had a dispute with a personal manager regarding them double submitting one of your commercial clients?
  6. You have a family now, and your life is different from before. How understanding is the agent when clients are less available due to life changes?
  7. Do you actually dictate or do you give your actor the choice to only audition for National commercials and versus Regional spots?
  8. Your agency is quite respected for representing professional dancers as well, so how often do you take on a dancer and then the on-camera department scoops them up and they do well in the commercial world?
  9. What is the identity of the DDO agency to the casting community and why?
  10. And this is just for you. You were my agent for 7 wonderful years…and I left you, (Shame on me), yet we’re still good friends. Do you think that type of attitude is common from an agent’s perspective when someone leaves them?

About the Guru

Abby Girvin is the partner / LA Agency director of the DDO Artists agency with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and Nashville/Atlanta. DDO is known for being one of the top commercial agencies in Los Angeles, has one of the top dance divisions, and has numerous other successful divisions such as print, hosting, sports and theatre. Abby began her career as a talent agent in 1993 at the youthful age of 22 shortly after graduating in Marketing from Purdue University when she helped jump start The Elan agency in Washington D.C. which focused on finding teenage girls that had potential to work as high fashion models in New York City. When she rolled into L.A. Abby immediately landed a job as a commercial agent at DDO Artists Agency, which was known at the time for representing the best child actors in the world. Just two short years after working at the (formerly known as Dorothy Day Otis Talent Agency) timing she had the opportunity to purchase the agency. It was a perfect timing in her life and so she did renaming it the DDO Artists Agency. More than a decade later DDO is one of the most respected agencies in the U.S. Commercial, Dance, Choreography Young on-camera, & Print departments as well has their New York office with many client performers on Broadway. In 2003 Abby launched, in conjunction with DDO and Kimberly Lyon, Hollywood Connection; a dance convention and competition. Also in 2003, Abby received her masters in spiritual psychology from University of Santa Monica. She loves hiking, rock climbing and play games.