Acting Career Help

Young Aspiring Actors

Study Acting

Where Do You Want
To Work As An Actor?

BUSINESS of Acting
& Self-Promotion

An Acting Agent

The Audition

Special Subjects



Click on one
of the buttons
below to automatically
receive blog updates
to your mailbox.

What is this?
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Add to Google

how kids make money


Your site is so great, it makes researching the business sooo much easier having all the info in one place! thankyou thankyou thankyou.
Amada, aspiring actress, Sydney, Australia


Hi Tony!
Most people don’t even take the time to tell a person how to reach their goal. I want to thank you for everything and for responding to my messages. Sometimes I just test people to see if they really care about my career and you do. You can continue to send me some tips on how I can accomplish my goals, because you inspire me a lot. Thank you for caring.
Jeffrey, Dallas, TX


Hi Tony!
Just wanted to say that this site is FANTASTIC! It's helped me quite a bit and it's now my #1 bookmarked item, which means I'm going to be visiting here regularly :) Thanks again,
Rob, aspiring actor, Canada


I absolutely love your site - it's SOOOO helpful and very impressive!
I am a frequent visitor and have signed up for the newsletter, plus I think it's so good I have recommended it to all my acting friends! Thank you for creating such a wonderful website!
Mischa, UK


Wow Tony! I would just like to comment on how much you have affected my life.
First of all, any questions I have are answered extremely fast, and not only that, you give me a very helpful answer every time. Also, by reading your newsletters, I obtain just the right information that I need to succeed in the acting business. I am so happy I discovered your site, and I hope you know how much we actors appreciate you. Thanks again, and I can't wait to read your next newsletter!
Laura Doukas, Actress


I did what you said and…I got two interviews with two agents! Thank you! Sorry but can I ask you…how do I prepare to go meet the agent? What do I have to do?
Marsha P., New York, NY, USA


This site has taught me a lot that I needed to know without dragging me all over the place.
Lauren, actress, Atlanta, GA

Why You Need A Talent Agent

Why You Need A Talent Agent

With regard to the question of why you need a talent agent, I recently had a conversation with Thom Goff, director of the New York office for Breakdown Services, Ltd , of which is part. Actors Access ( is the industry standard in casting websites.

I asked Thom a question that made me think of why it really is necessary to have talent agent representation if you want to maximize your chances of getting work.

Tony: Continuing our interview Thom, what percentage of the total breakdowns that exist or that come out are actually placed online on

Thom: It really depends on the casting directors. We don’t make the decisions for them. They are the ones who decide and tell us that they would like certain breakdowns to go to Some casting directors put all their breakdowns on our site. For film and television jobs, the casting directors are going to get more than enough submissions through agents and managers and because of the types of jobs hat they are, they need to know that an actor is working with an agent or manager, because it kind of gives them an OK to a certain level, because they know they’re going to get people who know their way around a movie set or television set, so they go to agent’s and managers to cast for the really important roles.

Sometimes even for more important roles, we find that casting directors will post on Actors Access ( One of the reasons for this is that they get a lot of the same submissions over and over again from the managers and agents they traditionally work with and they know that if they want something ‘fresh’, they will need to look elsewhere. provides them that opportunity. They will also come to us if they have projects that are difficult to cast.

There you have it. For actors who don’t have a talent agent, it is possible get work. But in the long run, if you really want to be considered for really important roles, you need to have a talent agent, because agents and managers are the first to get the breakdowns for those roles.

See the other parts of this exclusive interview with Thom Goff of Breakdown Services, Ltd.:

Understanding Breakdown Services

Why Every Actor Needs A Web Presence

So now that you've determined that you need a talent agent, now go and see how you can get one.

Site Map | Home | Who's Behind | Acting Career Blog | Site Testimonials | Actor Q & A | Buy Acting Books | Typical Day Of An Actor | Start Your Career | Fund Your Career | Acting Classes | Acting Schools |International Actors | The Business Of Acting | Actor Promotion Tips | Your Actor Website | Teen Actors Guide | About Disney Channel Auditions | Headshot Advice | How To Find An Agent | First Audition Advice | Avoiding Scams | Find Acting Scripts | Find Monologues | Resources For Singers | Acting Industry Information | Cruise Ship Opportunities | Nutrition & Health For Actors | Public Speaking Tips | Staying Motivated | Link Exchange | Contact/Ask A Question | The Bollywood Connection | Find Acting Work |Privacy Policy