Which would be a better agency to start out with? (please answer)?

So I already sent in my headshot and resume to Osbrink Talent Agency last week, and I haven't heard back from them yet. (But if your wondering YES I do have experience, i've been in theatre since I was 6, and every acting class you can think of since I was 10, and a few independent projects locally since I was 12). And every time I've always gotten, supporting roles, leads, principal roles or solos. And I can also sing, swim, surf (I haven't surfed in a while, but I can do it with practice), and I can also rock climb (indoors beginners), horseback ride (beginners), and play violin. And I can also speak a little French & Spanish. And I'm from California too and I'm 17 (although I'm turning 18 this sunday so I don't know if I should wait to send in my headshot and resume until next week when I'm officially 18. Because everyone says I looke 13/14. And even at resturantes they always pull the do you want a kid menue thing so it gets increadibly annoying (if you know what I mean)... I don't think I should told you that but uh anywhoo. My parents are also compeletly 100% supportive of my career.

But my question is, should I start out with an agency in Los Angeles, or should I start out with an agency in Santa Monica or San Diego?? One agency I emailed (they said I could email them). But that agency was "Rising Star Talent Agency in Santa Monica" which i emailed them about 6 months ago, and they said that I should call them when I moved to Los Angeles and they would set up an appointment for me to have an interview with them. So should I call them when i'm 18 because we have an appartment in both Los Angeles & San Diego so do you think they'd now have an interview with me? But I also found an agency in San Diego which I'm really interested in called Shamon Freitas Talent Agency. We also have appartments in both Los Angeles, and San Diego so moving wouldn't be such a big deal, but I also am interested in Bobby Ball Agency. And Shamon Freitas is also SAG, AFTRA, and AEA franchised so their legit, along with Rising Star Talent. And Bobby Ball is too so I know their legit.

But which agency do you think would be easier for me to get into? I know it's never going to be easy. And it's going to be a struggle. But I honestly DO NOT! Want it for the fame, I just want to act. It's my life and passion and I truely want this. But which agencies do you think would be better? And which agency would be kind of easier in a way for me to sign with? Because I would like to start small first. Oh and I'm also going to UCLA summer camp this summer :) Would going to camp at UCLA look good on my resume? Since it is UCLA?... Thanks for the help :)



P.S: Sorry this is so long :) And I also want to go to college at UCLA so I figure that going to camp this summer their would give me a greater chance of getting in, since I already went their (kind of), and I also have kind of a good idea of what it'll be like when I do go there (if I do get in that is).

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  • 9 years ago
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    I'm an LA actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

    Of those three, Osbrink is the best. The other agencies suck compared to Osbrink. Shannon Freitas is ONLY good if you live in San Diego. Otherwise are you seriously going to drive 5 hours (2.5 hours from LA to San Diego) for an audtion in San Diego. I've NEVER heard of Rising Star Talent nor seen them on sign in sheets at auditions.

    Also, SAG Franchised does NOT mean anything. In 2002, SAG screwed up their relationships with the top agencies. So WME, ICM, UTA, CAA, Gersh, Innovative, APA, Paradigm, Abrams, CESD, KSR, Buchwald, Coast to Coast are NOT SAG Franchised. It's now an OUTDATED title that can be bought for $2000-3000.

    Here are the agencies worth signing with:

    Youth agencies:




    -LA Talent

    -Coast to Coast

    -Daniel Hoff


    -Amsel Eisenstadt and Frazier

    Top Commercial Agencies(*=definite winners):

    *Abrams- Mark Measures

    *AKA- Doug Ely

    Amatruda, Benson, and Assoc. -Kimberly Gola

    Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier/Pinnacle -Gloria Hinojosa

    Angel City - Mimi Mayer

    Aqua - Courtney Peldon

    Arlene Thornton and Associates - Janet Tscha

    Avalon Artists- Craig Holzberg

    Beverly Hecht -Teresa Valente-Dahlquist

    BiCoastal - Greta Hanley

    Bobby Ball - Brandy Wilkerson-Caldwell

    *Brady, Brannon, and Rich- Judy Rich or Pat and David Brady

    Brass Artists - Randy Cabrera

    *CESD- David Ziff or Adrienne Berg

    Clear Talent Group - Allison Sweeney or Raynard Pearson

    *Coast to Coast-Hugh Leon

    *Commercial Talent- Neil Kreppel, Blair Taylor

    (Sonia Warren Brandon's) Commercials Unlimited - Richard Reiner or Sonia Warren Brandon

    *Daniel Hoff- Daniel Hoff

    DDO - Marlene Sutton, Matt Taylor

    *Diverse- Wendy Morrison

    DPM - Daniel P. Mulheran

    Flick Commercials- Tina Kiratsoulis

    Imperium 7 - Tracy Mapes

    *Independent Artists- Laura Fogelman

    *Innovative Artists- Marcia Hurwitz or Cher Van Amburg

    Jana Luker Agency- Jana Luker

    *KSR-Alicia Ruskin

    LA Talent - Pam Loar

    Lemon Lime - Robin Harrington or Chaim Magnum

    Lewis and Beal - Jackie Lewis

    LW1 - Sean Robinson

    Mavrick - Brad Diffley

    M. Greene and associates - Michael Greene

    Momentum - Garry Purdy

    *NTA- Nancy Luciano

    Osbrink - Angela Strange

    *Pantheon/Tag Models-Patricia Dawson or Tag Turner

    Special Artists Agency - Alix Gucovsky

    *Sutton, Barth, Venari- Pam Sparks

    Talentworks - Brian Duensing

    Venture IAB - Noel Palm


    -Tag Models is the commercial division of Pantheon.

    -Pinnacle is the commercial division of Amsel, Eisenstadt, and Frazier

    -Commercials Unlimited has been listed in most agency listings as "Sonia Warren Brandon's Commercials Unlimited"

    -Don Buchwald no longer appears to have an adult commercial division

    Theatrical (Minus the Big 4 (WME, CAA, ICM, UTA) and B Agencies (Gersh, Paradigm, APA, Innovative) which do NOT take beginners):



    David Shapira and Associates



    The Glick Agency



    Kazarian Spencer (KSR)


    Michael Greene and Associates

    Pakula King

    Paul Kohner and Associates

    Peter Strain

    SMS Talent


    Stone Manners

    SDB Partners





    Coast to Coast

    Daniel Hoff

    Defining Artists

    Gage Group


    Henderson Hogan

    House of Representatives



    Angel City

    Bobby Ball

    Corsa Agency

    Craig Wyckoff and Associates


    Rogers Orion

    Steve Stevens

    Venture IAB

    Best Schools in LA:

    Cold Reading/Auditioning

    -Margie Haber

    -Annie Grindlay

    -Saxon Trainor

    -Brian Reise

    -Robert D'Avanzo

    -Amy Lyndon


    -Hey, I Saw Your Commercial!

    -Chris Game

    -Stuart K. Robinson

    -Stuart Stone

    -Killian McHugh

    -Francine Selkirk-Akerman

    -Carolyne Barry



    -Second City

    -Upright Citizens Brigade

    -Improv Olympic

    -Cynthia Szigeti

    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, Elizabeth Mestnik, 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

    -Beverly Hills Playhouse

    -Howard Fine

    -Stella Adler

    -Elizabeth Mestnik

    -Ivanna Chubbuck

    -Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown

    -Tom Todoroff

    -Playhouse West

    -Aaron Speiser

    -Acting Corps

    -Vinny Guastaferro

    -Anthony Meindl


    -Lesly Kahn

  • 3 years ago

    Commercials Unlimited Agency

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