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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Talent Agencies You Should Know in Philadelphia

Looking for a talent agent in Philadelphia? While we can’t recommend an talent agency for you, we can direct you to a list of SAG franchised talent agents and give you some advice. The following…

Talent Agencies in Hawaii You Should Know

Are you looking for a talent agent to represent you in Hawaii? While we can’t recommend an talent agency for you, we can direct you to a list of SAG franchised talent agents and give…

Talent Agencies in Colorado You Should Know

Are you looking for a talent agent to represent you in Colorado? While we can’t recommend an talent agency for you, we can direct you to a list of SAG franchised talent agents and give…

Talent Agencies in Chicago You Should Know

Are you looking for a talent agent to represent you in Chicago? While we can’t recommend an talent agency for you, we can direct you to a list of SAG franchised talent agents and give…

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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.

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