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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 ActorsAccess.com is part. Actors Access (www.actorsaccess.com) 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 ActorsAccess.com?
Thom: It really depends on the casting directors. We dont make the decisions for them. They are the ones who decide and tell us that they would like certain breakdowns to go to ActorsAccess.com. 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 theyre going to get people who know their way around a movie set or television set, so they go to agents 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 (www.actorsaccess.com). 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. ActorsAccess.com 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 dont 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.:
So now that you've determined that you need a talent agent, now go and see how you can get one.
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