getting an agent for acting?

I have a fair bit of experience with acting. I have always wanted to be an actress and now I want to get an agent. I am thinking of sending my portfolio to William Morris Endeavor, Curtis Brown, United Agents and Hamilton Hodell. Do you have any tips of things I should include and any other agencies you recommend I apply to?

Help will be very much appreciated x

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  • 6 years ago
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    If you're planning on being a professional actor, then you had better learn the industry and the business end of things. Your question is sort of like someone who played varsity basketball in high school thinking they can just contact the NBA to see if they can get on a team. The agencies you mentioned don't accept unsolicited submissions of any kinds (only industry referrals) so if you send them anything it'll just go right to the trash without anyone really looking at it.

    If you're looking into working professionally, then understand that professional acting is a business. Where you might be able to get an agent depends on where you live. (Agents in LA are not going to represent an newcomer who lives in Iowa or something.) The best way to get an agent is through networking. So if you can impress an acting teacher, director, fellow actor or someone else in the industry, they may be willing to refer you to an agent.

    Agents attend showcases put on by well respected acting programs, so you could get an agent's attention that way.

    Blind submissions are not particularly effective, but still actors like to try them. If that's the route you want to try, research and make up a list of legitimate agents in your area that do accept unsolicited submissions and that can help you reach your career goals. Which means you have to have a good enough understanding that you can set up legitimate career goals for yourself. For example, are you looking for a commercial agent or a theatrical agent? How do you plan to market yourself to talent agents and casting directors? What professional work is actually available in your area and how do you fit in?

    Places like the sag-aftra website and backstage.com list agents:

    http://www.backstage.com/resources/search/agent/

    http://www.sagaftra.org/agency-relations/sag-franc...

    http://www.sagaftra.org/agency-relations/aftra-fra...

    But really should do research so you have a good understanding of the realities of a professional acting career. http://www.backstage.com/actor101/ has some helpful articles. And there are some good books about the acting industry and managing a professional acting career. It's not as simples as "just get an agent" and there are a lot of scams and rip offs out there.

    Good luck.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Those agents only scout new talent from accredited drama schools. By all means send what you like, but you'll be wasting your time and money. Your teachers at drama school should be explaining this to you. If you aren't at one, you'll never attract an agent.

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