How do I find an agent in Hollywood?
I wanna get into acting but I know that without an agent, you cant go to casting calls, or you wont know about casting calls and will pretty much not be taken seriously. But how do I find one? Is there a directory? I know top agencies dont take nobodys but when you start out, how do you find a GOOD AGENT? someone who got connections and can hook you up, but who still doesnt think they cant talk to you, cause you arent some hot shot already.
Also, i know you need a guild card to be able to get some work, but you cant get work, if you dont haver a guild card. So....how do i get into the guild? Do studios hire even if you arent a union member? The SAG website says stuff like you have to be a US citizen, but Nicole Kidman wasnt a US citizen when she started acting in US movies and Marion Cotillard isnt a US citizen. As a matter of fact, there are many actors who appear in US feature films who arent US citizens (aishwarja rai...). So how do/did these people get in?
- TruthTeller59Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Here's the cliffnotes version of what you need to succeed in LA:
1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!
READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):
*=If you're on a budget
*Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
*How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
*Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
-How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
*An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
-One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
-So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
-Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)
*Book the Job-Doug Warhit
*Intent to Live-Larry Moss
-Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
-Acting in Film-Michael Caine
-Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas
*Art of Acting-Stella Adler
*Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
*A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
-Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
-The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
-No Acting Please-Eric Morris
-Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
-Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
-You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
-Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull
-8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
-The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli
-Anything by Viola Spolin
-Steve Book on Acting: Improv
*How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
-Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman
Regardless of how "talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!
-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
3. Get GREAT headshots
Here's is a good place to start:
4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.
How to make an ACTING resume:
The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE SCAMS!
Free but proceed with caution:
Here are some of the best places in LA to meet casting directors and theatrical agents:
-Talent to Go
6. Get an Agent
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.
Here are some agencies that are more open to taking developing actors:
Top Youth Agencies:
Coast to Coast
Amsel, Eisenstadt, and Frazier
Top Commercial Agencies(*=definite winners):
KSR *-Alicia Ruskin
Abrams *- Mark Measures
CESD *- David Ziff or Adrienne Berg
Diverse *- Wendy Morrison
Coast to Coast * -Hugh Leon
Daniel Hoff * - Daniel Hoff
Commercial Talent * - Neil Kreppel, Blair Taylor
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, Maria Walker
Venture IAB - Noel Palm
Sutton, Barth, Venari * -Pam Sparks
Arlene Thornton and Associates - Arlene Thornton
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 - Mimi Mayer
BiCoastal - Greta Hanley
Clear Talent Group - Tim O'Brien
Lemon Lime - Robin Harrington or Chaim Magnum
LA Talent - Pam Loar
LW1 - Sean Robinson
Mavrick - Brad Diffley
Momentum - Garry Purdy
NTA*- Nancy Luciano
Imperium 7 - Tracy Mapes
Talentworks - Brian Duensing
Sovereign - Annalisa Babich
Bobby Ball - Brandy Wilkerson-Caldwell
Osbrink - Angela Strange
Lewis and Beal - Jackie Lewis
Theatrical Agents (Minus the Big 4 (William Morris, UTA, ICM, CAA) and the B Agencies(Gersh, APA, Paradigm, Innovative) 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
- R KLv 71 decade ago
an agent is the last thing you need not the first. first you need training to learn how to go
about per suing acting and getting experience to build a resume. your not going to get an agent without having some training and experience. take some acting classes before you do anything.
any acting instructor in LA will know agents they can send you to. the directory of approved
agents is on SAG'S web site. you don't need to be a citizen to work in the states, but you will need the proper visas to stay and work. you don't need to be in the union to audition for things. if you
get a part that is covered by a union, the production people will fill out the paper work and you will be put in the union. to get in SAG you just need to get a part as a principal player in a sag
production. everyone had to start somewhere. if you get a part covered by one of the unions
and it meets the requirements to join. the production co. will get you in. a lot of films
aren't shot in the US so the actors you mentioned don't have to come here to make a film. some
films were made in their home countries and shown in the US. you need to be a citizen or
have a work visa to work in the states. you don't need to be a citizen to be in a film shown in
the US that wasn't filmed in the US.
- 1 decade ago
Unfortunately I can only answer the top part of the question. How to get an agent: get experience. community theatre is great, workshops, and acting coaches are awesome too. Most people starting out don't have agents and go to auditions by themselves because they research. Once you have a big event, invite an agent to come and they will decide if they want you or not. OR you can get a resume and headshots to apply and mail it to them. Usually it is better to do option A. Good Luck!Source(s): personal experience