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Who is a very good agent(s) for actors in LA?
I'm not looking for a talent agency.. I need an agent. I'm looking to send our my resume and headshot but there are so many scams out there I'm not sure who would be a a reliable and good choice.
- TruthTeller59Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.
You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
-Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
-Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
-Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in
-Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
-Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
-Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
-Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print.
Avoiding BAD Headshots:
Some of the Best Schools in LA:
Cold Reading/Auditioning (Ranked from Top to Bottom)
-Hey, I Saw Your Commercial!
-Stuart K. Robinson
Improv (All four are great)
-Upright Citizens Brigade
Scene Study/Acting (It varies. Some schools are not for everyone. Chubbuck, Eric Morris, and Howard Fine are not for people who aren't fans of Strasberg or Uta Hagen (ie. affective memory and substitution.) Playhouse West, Joanne Baron/DW Brown, and Acting Corps are more Meisner oriented. Try to audit these places and make sure if they're for you or not.
-Beverly Hills Playhouse
-Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown
Top Youth Agencies:
Coast to Coast
Amsel, Eisenstadt, and Frazier
Top Commercial Agencies(*=definite winners):
KSR *-Alicia Ruskin
Abrams *- Mark Mea sures
CESD *- David Ziff or Adrienne Berg
Diverse *- Wendy Morrison
Coast to Coast * -Hugh Leon
Daniel Hoff * - Daniel Hoff
Commercial Talent * - Neil Kreppel
Commercials Unlimited - Richard Reiner
Innovative Artists * - Marcia Hurwitz or Cher Van Amburg
Independent Artists- Jenine Leigh or Laura Fogelman
Flick Commercials- Tina Kiratsoulis
DPM - Daniel P. Mulheran
DDO - Marlene Sutton
Venture IAB - Noel Palm
Sutton, Barth, Venari * -Pam Sparks
Arlene Thornton and Associates - Tracy Mapes
Pantheon * -Patricia Dawson or Pierre Gatling
Beverly Hecht -Teresa Valente-Dahlquist
Don Buchwald and Associates *- Kristy Dax
M. Greene and associates - Jim Lighte
AKA * - Doug Ely
Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier -Gloria Hinojosa
Brady, Brannon, and Rich * - Judy Rich or Pat and David Brady
Brass Artists - Jack Ianacci
Aqua - John Kolinofsky
Special Artists Agency - Alexandra Gucovsky
Amatruda, Benson, and Assoc. -Kimberly Gola
Angel City - Gwen Davis
BiCoastal - Greta Hanley
Clear Talent Group - Tim O'Brien
Lemon Lime - Robin Harrington or Chaim Magnum
LA Talent - Pam Loar or Mike Casey
LW1 - Sean Robinson
Mavrick - Brad Diffley
Momentum - Garry Purdy
NTA*- Nancy Luciano
Up and Comer Commercial Agencies:
-Talentworks (Emily Hope from ACME is here)
-House of Representatives (Top theatrical agency that now has a commercial department)
-Sovereign (Top theatrical agency that now has a commercial department)- Annalisa Babich
-Hollywood Select Talent-Mike Sutton of Baron Entertainment is there.
Theatrical Agents (Minus the Big 4 (William Morris, UTA, ICM, CAA) and the B Agencies(Gersh, APA, Paradigm) who do NOT take beginners) :
David Shapira and Associates
The Glick Agency
Kazarian Spencer (KSR)
Michael Greene and Associates
Coast to Coast
House of Representatives
PrivilegeSource(s): Working LA actor, Acting Scambuster, and respected contributor to http://bbs.backstage.com/groupee
- ?Lv 71 decade ago
if you stay off the internet you will avoid most of the scams. also legit agents or agencies don't look for people in shopping malls, county
fairs or approach you on the street. if your looking for an independent
agent you need one that does commercial and theatrical. some
agents do both some do one or the other. an advantage of an
agency is they have all the acting depts. under one roof so you
can do film,commercials,print work or voice work and not have to go looking for agents that handle those things. a good agent is one who doesn't have a lot of clients that look like you, you don't want an agent that has a ton of people that look like you. there is enough competition
when you get on interviews, you don't want competition in your
own agency just to get out on interviews. a good agent is the one who gets you on everything that fits your character and age that comes up.
if they do that their the best agent for you. you need to be near where the acting work is and your agent needs to be close to you and where the work is. no agent will take you if your not in traveling distance of
what their going to send you on. you need to be close enough to
where the interviews are that you can drop what your doing and get to the interviews on time. you don't always get a lot of notice on
when you have an interview. they might call you at 8 in the morning
and tell you to be somewhere at noon. you can get a copy of an
acting trade magazine in hollywood called VARIETY, it has everything to do with show biz. in it. agents,managers and casting directors
have ads in it. open calls for local theater,student films and ind.
films are in it also. acting classes,coaches and photographers
are in it.