I get asked this question a lot.
It’s a difficult one to answer. At the end of the day, it’s a relationship. Everyone knows that relationships are hard. They take a lot of work on both sides. They can be messy and infuriating, but they can also be amazing and fulfilling.
Although you feel that you are open-minded in your assessment. One side of the story often makes it difficult to tell. Once you begin to question, then all too often resentment is the next step. As in any relationship, the struggle to recover from that negative energy, can make it difficult to salvage.
At the end of the day, the number one job of an agent is to get you opportunities. These opportunities can come in a lot of different forms, but by far the most important is auditions. If you are receiving regular audition appointments, then your agent is doing a large part of their job. They are submitting you on the breakdowns that come out, and casting is asking for you mostly off of the agent’s submission/recommendation.
Ultimately, you may want to consider whether you are doing everything you need to for your agent?
The agent’s work is only one part of the puzzle, and in the big picture, it’s a relatively small one. You have to make sure you are always doing everything you can to set yourself up for success. Try making the job easy for your agent. If casting wants to pitch you on a big project, and your agent has to chase you down for your latest reel, then you are definitely not making it easy.
Arm your agent with ALL the necessary tools and just see where that takes you. It may well lead to something amazing and fulfilling.