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Talent Agent Representation:
New Actor Robert Presley Jr. talks with us about
trying to get a talent agent through an actor showcase!
Robert Presley Jr. (decendent of Elvis Presley), was nice enough to share his experience of meeting with 50 casting directors, talent agents and other industry professionals in a showcase for actors in LA. In this multiple-part interview for the visitors of ActingCareerStartUp.com, he takes us through the entire process from his preparation of scenes, his reel and monologues to actually going up in front of these people to perform. The stakes are high! Read and enjoy and...learn!
Robert Presley Jr.: I learned that if you come to these events and want to leave having a good chance to get talent agent representation, then chemistry is important with the people you meet and also you need to be aggressive and proactive. I was not aggressive and proactive about meeting and pursuing managers and agents. I kind of waited for them to come to me but then I learned that I needed to be very aggressive and proactive. The other thing that you need to know too is, the when you are in a showcase, especially something like this, you need to know ahead of time who the people are who are going to attend do your research, find out who your valuable contacts are. Everybody who comes is a person who could represent you. The people who represent just niches- kids, blacks, whites, Indians, that’s what they do. They are niche.
Anthony Smith: Right so they will tell that to you, sell that to you- telling you that there will be 50 people there and there might only be 20 that are going to be interested in you and might be people from whom you could get talent agent representation.
Robert Presley Jr.: That’s right…or less!
Anthony Smith: Right
Robert Presley Jr.: But there might be someone who represent African American actors but they may work in an agency that represents everybody. Maybe they will say you know what I recommend African American talent but my buddy represents people of your age range and I think you might want to work with him. But what you got to know is who your target is so that when everyone comes in you have to say, ‘I gotta meet Tom Jones’ because Tom Jones represents men between the ages of 30 and 50 and I’m a talent that they could possibly be interested in. There’s no point in looking up people who just represent women or just represent some niche that you are not in. You need to know that you need to spend your time targeting certain people in the acting industry. Now, if someone comes up to you and says ‘I only represent children or teenagers but my friend represents so and so, here is a number, give him a call because I am going to tell him about you’ then follow up with that. But what happened with me was, they should have released a list of talent mangers and agents way before the showcase but we didn’t get it until the day of the showcase and it didn’t tell you what those people specialized in. So I had nothing to focus on. My naivety had me believing that everybody there was a potential target for me to get talent agent representation and that was wrong!
End of part 8 of 8 of this interview.
In the end and after all his efforts, Robert managed to get call backs from five agents in Los Angeles who were interested in meeting with him and possibly give hime talent agent representation. That is a closing rate of 10% out of all the people he met and considering that many of them had no need for his type. This can be considered an above-average result. So congratulations to Robert for this and we thank him for sharing his story with the visitors of ActingCareerStartUp.com!
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