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How to get an agent? That's one of the most frequently asked questions among young, aspiring actors or actors new to the industry. The following is an answer I put together for a youngster, who asked that very same question:
There are several different resources you could use when it come to how to get an agent. Rather than talking about how to get in touch, I would rather talk to you about what your strategy could be.
Consider the following when it comes to how to get an agent:
What kind of acting are you interested in primarily? (Film, televison, industrials, commercials, voice-over, commercial print) You can find agents that specialize in many different areas, but big agencies will have different people within their agencies handle different areas.
How to get an agent?: Know your type.
Do you know your type? If you don't, find out. And then find out which agents cater to your type.
To find out who are the agents that cater to your type, get a copy of the Ross Reports, Show Business weekly, New York or LA Agencies or something similar in your area (that last one is a resource by Sue Porter Henderson and her website address is www.hendersonenterprises.com). I dont know what city you are in, but even if these publications dont have addresses of agents in your city, it will give you some ideas as to the kinds of publications and information that exists. Sues agencies booklet which is updated quarterly shows what kind of actors agencies are looking for (what kind of talent in that particular period).
How to get an agent?: Headshot and résumé
It goes without say that you need a headshot and résumé. But find out first how to put together your résumé. There is a standard industry format with three columns and usually the eyes go immediately to the third column, because thats where the credibility lies. Its not only about what youve done, but also about with whom youve done it! Also besides your acting experience, agents and casting directors will also look at your training, where you train, the frequency and consistency with which you train and with whom you train. There are many professional services that can help you if you need help.
How to get an agent?: Targeted mailings
Carefully select the agents you want to target, and do a mass mailing that is TARGETED to specific agents that cater to your type. Send out a headshot and résumé and don't forget a cover letter, which must be very brief and to the point and state why you are looking for that agency to represent you. Remember that there are thousands of actors who are sending mail to that agent so anything you can do and say that will make you stand out from the rest is a good thing. Just keep it within the realm of whats acceptable. You might want to think of using envelopes with a big window, so that the agents offices that receive your packet see your picture even before they open it. From what I gather, still the majority of actors still dont use those kinds of envelopes. It could provide you with a slight advantage. Maybe. Every little thing you can do differently than the rest could be of help.
How to get an agent?: Write a good cover letter.
You will need to find out how to write a good cover letter. Like I said, short, sweet and to the point. There are lots of books about it. One good one is by a guy named Brian ONeil and its called Acting As A Business: Strategies For Success. I think its a must read for any new actor. He also has examples of résumés depending on what kind of credits you have. And he also tells you how to build the résumé, which is very important.
How to get an agent?: Consider the numbers.
Its a numbers game, so send out a lot of packages, but expect to get back a low number of responses: anywhere from 5 10%. It really depends on a lot of things; how good your headshot is, how good your cover letter is, whether you targeted the right agent, whether your agent is looking for your type in that moment, etc. If you dont hear anything back, it doesnt necessarily mean that theyre not interested. It could just mean that theyre not interested in that moment.
How to get an agent?: Follow up.
So once you have made initial contact, you will need to follow up. Timing is important as is the way you follow up. One way is to use post cards with your headshot on it. Use the postcards about once every three months to report what youre doing and to keep in touch or even more often if you have something to report, like a show youve been in, movie and industrial, commercial or whatever. Dont send them to say hi or have a good summer. Report what you are doing. Even report close calls, meaning call backs or on-holds even if you didnt get the job. It means that you got close and agents and casting directors like to hear that as well.
Once you get that far, you should start getting some responses and some meetings. Like I said, its a numbers game though, but be focused and don't think that if you just send out mass mailings that you will be successful. Target your mailings and you will have greater success.
This is just part of your strategy though. Theres got to be more
How to get an agent?: There are other ways too.
There are also schools like Actors Connection and The Network NYC where you can go and meet casting directors, agents and personal managers. It is also a place to go and take classes with casting directors and agents, which gives you the chance to not only meet them, but also to work together with them for anywhere from a few hours to an entire day or more. That in itself can be very valuable. More on that on another page.
Hope that helps,
p.s. If you want more in depth information about how to get an agent, I can only recommend that you read how to get an agent, I can only recommend that you read Brian O'Neil's book. It will give you a world of insight.
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