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How To Get a Talent Agent

How To Get A Talent Agent

How To Get A Talent Agent

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 find a talent agent summary

  1. Find talent agencies
  2. Market yourself
  3. Interview with talent agencies
  4. Understand you may get rejected

How to land a talent agent

Talent Agency

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. That said, we have a list of talent agencies across major cities that you should know. Check out the list of agencies below: Atlanta Talent Agencies You Should Know
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Los Angeles Talent Agencies You Should Know

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New York Talent Agencies You Should Know

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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 ten days, start contacting each agency asking for a meeting. Read more: 4 Things Actors Should Be Doing Every day Interview

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 professionally but, don't go too crazy because you do not want your talent agent to typecast you for specific 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 to have a monologue prepared 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 five 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? How many other actors do you serve actors that are similar to me? 4. How would you direct my career? 5. What kind of work have you gotten in the last six months for your actors? 6. What do you expect from me? 7. How do you prefer your actors contact you? Talent Agency Rejection

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. Read more: 9 Things You Should Be Doing to Become a Better On-Screen Actor

What is a casting agency?

A casting agency is a company who hires actors and background extras to work on a production. Here's a list of Casting Agencies across the United States: Across the board casting 5287 sunset blvd. 2nd floor Hollywood. Ca 90027 Registration no. 818-974-9973 818-760-0467 Company contact: none Website address: none Email: [email protected] Registration days: please call for an appointment Photo requirements: none Please mail in photos and resumes
Alice ellis casting P.o. box 1828 Venice, ca 90294 Registration no. 310-314-1488 Company contact: alice ellis Website address: elliscasting.com Email address: [email protected] Registration days: no particular days Photo requirements: $25 image processing fee All locations casting P.o. box 518 Hermosa beach, ca 90254 Registration no. Mail in only Company contact: shawn makris, marie markis Email address: none Website: www.alllocationscasting.com Registration days: no particular days Photo requirements: 8×10 head shot Atmosphere casting 9903 santa monica blvd. Suite 412 Beverly hills, ca 90212 Registation no. 888-858-7090 Website address: none Email address: none Registration: mail only Background players Crossroads of the worlds 6671 sunset blvd bldg 1585 ste 101 Los angeles, ca 90028 Registration no. 323-790-0135 ext. #17 Company contact: background = judy cook Website address: www.bgplayers.com Email: none Registration days: tuesday 11:00 am – 2:30 pm Thursdays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Photo requirements: $20 image processing fee (cash only) first photo update is free, $7.00 there after Bill dance casting 4605 lankershim blvd., ste. 401 North hollywood, ca 91602 Registration no. 818-725-4209 Company contact: bill dance Website address: www.billdancecasting.com Email: none Registration days: call registration line Photo requirements: $25.00 (cash only) digital photo processing fee Brentwood casting 9663 santa monica blvd., ste 261 Beverly hills, ca 90210 Registration no. 310-837-3009 Company contact: eli mathieu & associates E-mail: [email protected] Website address: brentwood casting.com Registration days: online, mail in, and appointment only Photo requirements: 3×5, 8×10, and $40 image processing fee. Fee waived when 3×5 & 8×10 picture is provided by member. Central casting 220 s. Flower st. Burbank, ca 91502 Registration no. 818-562-2755 Company contact: registration team Website address: www.centralcasting.org Email: none Registration days: tues & thurs 10:30-11:30 am Bring in 2 forms of i.d. i.e. ss card, drivers license Passport in lieu of ss card. Photo requirements: $25 cash photo fee Creative casting, inc. 15720 ventura blvd., ste. 608 Encino, ca 91436 Registration no. 818-995-3342 ext. 27 Company contact: fernando cubillas Website address: not yet Email: [email protected] Registration days: mail in Photo requirements: 3×5 & 8×10 recent photos W/address/ph#/sag#
Creative extras 2461 santa monica blvd., #501 Santa monica, ca 90404 Registration no. 310-203-7860 Company contact: shannon dunn or vanessa portillo Website: none Email address: none Registration days: call registration number Photo requirements: send picture w/address/ph#/ss#/sag # Debe waisman casting 11684 ventura blvd., pmb #415 Studio city, ca 91604 Registration no. 818-752-7052 Website address: none Email: email address is for picture submissions only with stats [email protected] Registratino days: mail in Photo requirements: all photos accepted D d casting 686 south arroyo parkway #6 Pasadena, ca 91105 Registration #: 323-807-5825 Website address: www.ddcasting.com Email: none Registration days: no registration Photo requirements: 3 ½ x 5 preferred, 8 x 10 ok Extra extra casting 11693 san vicente blvd.ste. 279 Los angeles, ca 90049 Registration #: 310-859-6951 Website address: www.extraextracastings.com Email: will be on the webpage Registration days: call registration # Photo requirements: $30 photo fee Headquarters casting 400 s. Beverly dr., ste. 306 Beverly hills, ca 90212 Registration #: 310-556-2626 Company contact: carla lewis Registration days: m-f, 1pm-5pm Photo requirements: come dressed nicely. Photo will be taken. Note: no fee to register; other services offered on a fee basis. Idell james casting Mailing address only: 15332 antioch st., pmb #117 Pacific palisades, ca 90272 Phone no. 310-230-9344 Company contact: idell james Website address: none Email: none Registration days: no open registration Photo requirements: will accept any photos & Will let you know if interested Jeff olan casting 14044 ventura blvd., ste. 209 Sherman oaks, ca 91423 Registration no. 818-377-4475 General office #: 818-285-5462 Company contact: none Website address: www.jeffolancasting.com Email: none Registration days: mon – thru fri. 11 am – 2 pm Bring current sag card & two i.d.’s (driver’s license Birth certificate, ss card, or passport) Photo requirements: 1 time computer image fee of $25 includes Taking picture L.a. casting group, inc. Los angeles center studios 1201 w. 5th st., ste. F-240 Los angeles, ca 90017 Registration no. (213) 534-3888 Company contact: michael, jessica, emmanuel Website address: www.lacgroup.com E-mail: none Registration done online only No appointments. No phone calls. No faxes. Photo requirements: no fees! Bring current sag Card to show you are in good standing with the union. Millennium casting Registration no. None at this time. Mountain ash casting P.o. box 56687 Sherman oaks, ca 91413 Registration no. 818-759-1818 Company contact: pete sutton Website address: none Email: available on the web site Registration days: mail in Photo requirements: 3×5 color, poloroid or headshots or both On location casting 1223 wilshire blvd., pmb #409 Santa monica, ca 90403 Registration no. 310-229-5332 Company contact: tina kerr Website address: none Email: none Registration days: mail in Photo requirements: $15 image fee, 1 time only Prime casting 6430 sunset blvd., ste. 425 Los angeles, ca 90028 Registration no. 323-962-0377 Company contact: peter, jill or andrew Website address: www.primecasting.com Email: [email protected] Registration days: mon thru fri 11a.m. – 4p.m. Photo requirements: bring lots of pictures, no special sizes, $20 Image processing fee Rich king casting 6671 sunset blvd ste 1597 Los angeles, ca 90028 Registration no. 323/993-0186 xt. 301 Company contact: Website address: none Email: none Registration days: tuesday 11:0 am-12:30pm Photo requirements: $15.00 photo fee Sande alessi casting 13731 ventura blvd., Sherman oaks, ca 91423 Registration no. 818-623-7040 Company contact: sande Website address: none Email: none Registration days: mon thru fri 11a.m.–3pm Photo requirements: 3×5 + $20 image processing fee Smith & webster-davis casting Mailing address: 4924 balboa blvd., #431 Encino, ca 91316 Registration no. 310-364-3521 Website address: not yet Email: none Registration days: none, call line for info Photo requirements: 3×5 preferred. Will accept Head shots Stewart & bernard casting P.o. box 341469 Arleta, ca 91334 Registration no. Mail in only Company contract: teddy stewart/faye bernard Website address: none Email: none Registration days: mail in Photo requirements: whatever you have, 18+ age. Studio kids casting 15068 rosecrans ave., #198 La mirada, ca 90638 Registration no. 562-902-9838 Company contact: lisa marie santillan Website address: none Email: [email protected] Registration days: every other month (location tba) No fees for sag members Photo requirements: 4×6 snap shot okay Tbs casting 8831 sunset blvd., #310 West hollywood, ca 90069 Registration no. 310-854-1955 Company contact: suzanne anaya Website address: none Email: none Registration days: tuesdays noon to 3 pm (new days to be added soon, Check registration line for those new days) Photo requirements: polaroid picture Tiffany woods casting 11260 overland, #19g Culver city, ca 90230 Mail in submissions only Registration phone no. None Company contact: tiffany woods Website address: www.geocities.com/tiffanywoodscasting Email address: [email protected] Registration days: mail in only Photo requirements: head shots or 3×5, or resume Xtraz casting P.o. box 4145 Valley village, ca 91617 Registration no. 818-781-0066 Company contact: tom thacker Website address: none Email address: [email protected] Registration days: mail only Photo requirements: 8×10 preferred, 3×5 good

Overall

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 with working on productions, casting calls and audition. It is a tough and long process but, landing the perfect agent can be a fantastic feeling. Casting calls, production jobs, and other opportunities for the movie have not been released. Get the latest entertainment jobs and networking opportunities hereSign up with Project Casting today.

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