“I need to book out…”

We hate to say it, our agents hate to hear it, but it is absolutely imperative that we do it.

Having to tell your reps you won’t be available for auditions is never fun, especially because some reps tend to put pressure on actors to be available. After all, being available for auditions IS your job… But let’s be honest… life does happen, and there will be times you just need to leave town.

Yes you’re an actor, but you’re also a person! You deserve to go on that vacation, to go to your friend’s wedding, see that newborn, visit that family member – without feeling like the world is ending.

Now that summer is here, you may find yourself having to book out a little more often, so in this very important #GuruTip, I’m breaking down 4 tips that can help you stay on your reps’ good side (and still go on that vacay!)

“Booking out” can be scary… but it’s absolutely necessary! To help you stay on your agent’s good side (and still go on that vacay) learn these four tips & things to consider from @ActResourceGuru @Ajarae! #BookingOut #SummerVacation #ActorsLife #ShareClick to Tweet This Episode of #GuruTips!

I hope this help make tackling booking out a little easier. Remember, it may feel crappy to have to book out, but it’s absolutely necessary. Plus your agents are people too! They get it and most of the time will be nothing but supporting and appreciative of the information.

True story: A good friend of mine was going to Europe on an important family trip in the middle of pilot season… for almost THREE weeks. Needless to say: panic ensued. He finally told his reps. Their response? “That sounds like so much fun! Have a great time!”

This week I want to have some fun in the comments. Share a fun photo from a vacation that you took that required you to book out. Let’s remind ourselves that yes we’re actors, but we deserve to have a life!


Ajarae Coleman | Acting Resource Guru



P.S. – Am I writing a book-out email as I’m writing this blog? Yes. #JamaicaHereICome!

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Ajarae Coleman is a working actress living in Los Angeles. You can see her on shows like ABC’s SCANDAL, REVENGE, PRIVATE PRACTICE, and THE CATCH, CBS’s THE McCARTHYS, 2 BROKE GIRLS, and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES, TNT’s PERCEPTION, I'M SORRY on Netflix, and more. Ajarae founded Acting Resource Guru (ARG) in 2012 to give actors practical steps to book more work and take ownership of their careers. In 2020, Ajarae launched The Table, an exclusive online membership for actors who crave an artistic life that goes beyond just booking gigs. They are ready to make a greater impact, which looks like building communities of collaborators, creating their own opportunities, and developing residual income streams. Ajarae believes that actors play a huge role in bringing forth a reality where every being on the planet is safe and valued, and The Table empowers actors to claim their seat. Join the Interest List at ClaimASeat.com to be notified when the doors open for new members.


  1. You have such a wonderful energy/vibe…
    I haven’t been here in a while and I missed it.
    Thank you for your grace and thoughts.
    Hope you HAVE A BLAST in Jamaica!! 🙂


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