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Where can I find a good agent in LA for acting & modeling?

My name is Megan Beth Ferreira. I am 14 years old. I have brown hair and brown eyes. And i'm 5' 2" I've always wanted to be an actor or model. I have been taking singing lessons for years now. I'm pretty good I guess. But I don't really want to be a singer. I've been in many plays but just at school and summer camps. And I was in acting school for 6 months. But now that I'm older I want to do something with my life. I mostly want to be an actor, but I'm not sure I'm good enough. What really drives me is the fact that there is going to be a movie made out of The Hunger Games series. I hate reading, but I love those books. I want to be in the movie so bad. I don't even care what part I play. I thought maybe if i had an agent, he or she could get me a part in it. And other things too, but that movie is my biggest goal. My parents are going to get me an agent anyway, I just thought this might help.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Here's the cliffnotes version of what you need to succeed in LA:


    READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

    *=If you're on a budget

    Acting business:

    *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


    *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

    Method Acting:

    *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

    Auditioning/Cold Reading:

    *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber

    *Audition-Michael Shurtleff

    -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman


    Regardless of how "talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

    Best schools in LA:

    Cold Reading/Auditioning

    -Margie Haber

    -Brian Reise

    -Amy Lyndon


    -Hey, I Saw Your Commercial!

    -Chris Game

    -Stuart K. Robinson

    -Stuart Stone

    -Killian McHugh

    -Francine Selkirk-Akerman

    -Carolyne Barry

    Improv (All four are great)


    -Second City

    -Upright Citizens Brigade

    -Improv Olympic

    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.

    -Doug Warhit

    -Stephen Book

    -Diana Castle

    -Kimberly Jentzen

    -Beverly Hills Playhouse

    -Howard Fine

    -Stella Adler

    -Ivanna Chubbuck

    -Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown

    -Tom Todoroff

    -Playhouse West

    -Aaron Speiser

    -Acting Corps

    -Eric Morris


    -Scott Sedita

    -Lesly Kahn

    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.

    Sample Resume:

    How to make an ACTING resume:

    The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:


    Free but proceed with caution:


    5. Networking

    Here are some of the best places in LA to meet casting directors and theatrical agents:


    -Network Studio

    -Casting Network


    -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


    Daniel Hoff

    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

    Commercials Unlimited - Richard Reiner

    Innovative Artists * - Marcia Hurwitz or Cher Van Amburg

    Independent Artists- Jenine Leigh or Laura Fogelman

    Bobby Ball-Mike O'Dell

    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

    Talentworks-Emily Hope

    House of Representatives

    Sovereign - Annalisa Babich

    Hollywood Select Talent-Mike Sutton

    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

    Pakula King

    Peter Strain

    SMS Talent


    Stone Manners

    SDB Partners





    Coast to Coast

    Daniel Hoff

    Defining Artists

    Gage Group


    Hervey Grimes

    Henderson Hogan

    House of Representatives



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    5 years ago

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    Where can I find a good agent in LA for acting & modeling?

    My name is Megan Beth Ferreira. I am 14 years old. I have brown hair and brown eyes. And i'm 5' 2" I've always wanted to be an actor or model. I have been taking singing lessons for years now. I'm pretty good I guess. But I don't really want to be a singer. I've been in...

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  • 1 decade ago

    At age 14, you need to be at least 5'7" or taller to be considered by any of the big LA agencies - Ford, Elite, Next, Bleu, Nous, Wilhelmina, LA Models, Vision, Red, Q, Click, etc. But you are still young and possibly growing, so wait a few years to see how tall you get. LA is the second most competitive modeling market in the US, after NY, and while an agency MAY make an exception to 5'6" if you are the most beautiful person they have ever seen, at 5'2" you should put your energy into acting where your height will not be an issue.

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  • R K
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    1 decade ago

    you need to get training and experience first, finding an agent is last. this is not something you just

    go out and do overnight. your not going to get an agent without experience and a good resume.

    agents don't get you parts in anything. all they do is get you auditions, it's up to you to land

    the part. you canlook on SAG'S web site for approved agents. find one's taking new clients

    and who handle beginners.and send them the requested info. if they are interested, they will get back to you.

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  • 4 years ago

    Many of people find that there are constantly challenges in their course and that luck does not favor them at important turning points.

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