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Join Date: Jun 2012
09-12-2012, 09:51 AM
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Can you tell me all the things Mirina Sirtis and Gates McFadden have been in since TNG? Even Johnathan Frakes? How about Michael Dorn since DS9? How about Nicole de Boer, Cirroc Lofton, and Nana Vistor? Shall we talk about Voyager now? How about Tim Russ, Roxann Dawson, Garret Wang, and Jennifer Lien? Enterprise now? Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, Linda Parks, Connor Trinnear, etc? Shall we go all the back to TOS? Did you see a lot of DeForest, James, Walter, Nichelle, and George in things other then Trek after TOS was done?
The simple truth is the vast majority of Trek actors end up doing occasional bit rolls and never find themselves in another series or as the primary star of a movie after Trek.
And California agents will tend to keep it that way, focusing on keeping salary high. (One reason why guys like Ben Affleck have done an endrun around agents.)
The reality is also that these guys may have different agents in different states with different priorities. Outside New York/LA, the priority shifts to getting work and sometimes union rules don't apply based on location and the local laws. (Just don't get too noisy about it.)
My experience is that UK firms REALLY focus on keeping their people working, not deflecting work to keep their asking price high.
It wouldn't surprise me if Seth McFarlane didn't have to either get ahold of Stewart directly or contact his UK agency to get him at a reasonable price for American Dad, for example.