Learn how to get a talent agent to represent you as an actor.
So you want to become an actor? Well as we pointed out in our guide to how to become an actor, you must find yourself a talent agent. Here is our guide to finding a talent agency.
How to land a talent agent
1. Find Talent Agencies
The best way to find an agent is to contact the Actor’s Union such as SAG-AFTRA and ask for their list of franchised agents. It is in your best interest to work with a franchised talent agency because, non-franchised agents are more likely to be a con artist than a legitimate agent.
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2. Market yourself
Once you find a list of Talent Agencies that you are interested in working with you are ready for the next step, marketing yourself as an actor. Here are the three things you need to contact potential talent agencies.
- 1. Your Headshot
- 2. Your Acting Resume
- 3. A one-page cover letter
Your mission is to get a talent agent to agree to me with you in person to evaluate you as a potential client. Your headshot should capture the talent agency’s attention. Your resume should show how serious and experienced you are and your cover letter should introduce yourself.
Always make sure that you have the correct spelling of an agent and the agency along with the correct mailing address. To improve your chances of getting an agent as soon as possible. Mail your package to every union-franchised agency. Then, after waiting for 10 days, start contacting each agency asking for a meeting.
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3. Interviewing with a Talent Agency
If an agent wants to meet you in person, then you are one step closer to reaching your dreams. To prepare for the interview make sure that you know how to get to the talent agents’ office. Nothing looks worse than showing up late to a meeting. Make sure you dress professional but, don’t go too crazy because you do not want your talent agent to type cast you for certain roles. The talent agent will most likely have a copy of your package but, be sure to bring copies just in case.
The purpose of the meeting is to give the agent a chance to determine if you can make it as an actor, so be ready to perform for the agent. That means have a monologue ready to recite at a moment’s notice and be prepared to do a cold reading from a script that the agent hands you.
4. Questions you should ask your prospective talent agent
You should never be afraid to ask questions during your interview. Here are 5 questions you should ask during your meeting.
1. Who will represent me from your agency?
2. How many clients do you currently represent
3. What kind of actor do you see me as? How many other actors do you represent that are similar to me?
4. How would you direct my career?
5. What kind of work have you gotten in the last 6 months for your actors?
6. What do you expect from me?
7. How do you prefer your actors contact you?
What if the talent agency rejects you?
There are hundreds of talent agencies out there but, when you are applying to get represented you maybe faced with a ton of rejection letters and declines. Think about it, Kevin Costner, Angelina Jolie, John Travolta and Brad Pitt struggled to find a talent agency to represent them when they first entered the entertainment industry. Honestly, everyone gets rejected by agents because, agents are never sure who will become the next A-List actor.
Typically, agents will say no to you for two reasons.
1. An agent may reject because you look too much like other actors that the agent represents.
2. Your agent does not believe that you currently have enough experience or training to justify representing you.
Take rejection professionally and move on with your acting career. The more agents you contact, the better your chances of finding at least one talent agent to represent you. But, remember you have to focus on making sure your agent believes in you.
No agent is right for everyone. You have to determine what type of agent is perfect for your career and you feel the most comfortable working with. It is a tough and long process but, landing the perfect agent can be an amazing feeling.