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Talent Agents

Speaking of talent agents, if you are in the NY or LA areas, whether or not you actually have an advantage with regard to choosing an agent is debatable. On one hand you have a lot of agents to choose from. On the other hand, you have an enormous amount of actors competing for the best agents. You also have to watch out for so-called agents that are really mainly out to get your money without giving you your fair share of service in return.

Reliable places to look for talent agents:

Ross Reports: You can pick up a copy at the majority of newsstands in NYC. Go to and check them out as well. has an agents' listing

New York Agencies: A publication that comes out every two months or so and that not only has a complete listing of agencies in NY, but it also tells what kind of talent those agencies are looking for in that particular moment. The only place I’ve seen that publication is at the Drama Book Shop in NY.

Association Of Talent Agents: Will give you agents that are registered with them. It is an organization that looks after the interests of talent agents and that provides a series of benefits for agents. (A great place to learn the issue that agents are concerned with.)

There is also the Creative Directory: One of the most complete entertainment industry resources I have ever seen. It contains producer and industry executive information, production companies, studios and networks, new project listings, and more complete with telephone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses too. BUT, it costs money. I would recommend you invest in that if you know you are really going to use it and use it properly and also if you already have some training.

Agents Sometimes Specialize

You should also realize that there are talent agents that specialize in different areas, like a lot of smaller agencies do. I ran into an agent in NY who specializes in Italo-American actors, because she booked a lot of people for the Sopranos and a lot of roles for those kinds of actors. Another agent I know of specializes in Hispanic and African-American actors. And while many agencies do cater to a wide variety of talent that covers a wide variety of ethnicities, you might find that you work better with one agent more so than with another. I say this to tell you that don't think that it will necessarily be the case that you find an agent and you work well together.

What To Expect

There is also the possibility that once you do get an agent, that you will get sent out on a lot of auditions and there is the possibility that you will not. A few years ago, I was working with two agents in NY. One sent me out on the average of about 12 auditions per week. The other sent me out maybe once per week and most times those projects were things that I would have been sent out for by the other agent anyway. Just think if I would have had only the second agent. I would have hardly gotten sent out at all!

There is so much to know about talent agents, how to get an agent, how to prepare for an agent interview, how to keep in touch with your agent, how to work together in partnership with your agent, how to build other mutually beneficial relationships in the industry, what agents look for in an actor, how to tell if an agent is a legitimate business person and more.

Here on you will find 12 steps on how to approach and obtain the representation of Talent Agents, a page that will tell you exactly what you need to do. My recommendation, however, is that you do it after you have gotten some acting training under your belt.

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