How to Find a Talent Agent, Part 1
By iDalis De Leon
- First and foremost ask yourself AM I READY FOR A TALENT AGENT?
*Here is a guideline to determining if you are ready for an agent:
A) If you have demo reel footage of you speaking five lines or less, you are not ready.
B) If you don’t have great headshots, you are not ready.
C) If you don’t have a reel with evidence of your insanely unique, fantastic talent brand abilities, then you are not ready.
D) If you are not excited about your own talent brand, then you are not ready.
E) If you have no idea how to sell yourself as an ACTOR or TV HOST..then you are not ready
If you are not ready for an agent according to the criteria above then…proceed to tip #2.
- DO THE WORK- Do enough work that they come looking for you. The biggest misconception about agents is that they are the answer to getting you auditions and ultimately work. Actors and TV hosts get the auditions through a great presentation of marketing materials they’ve passed on to their agent. Namely your headshot, reel and resume. Securing an Agent is not a magic pill. Although talent is indeed submitted by the agent, in the end, the partnership of your great talent brand, marketing materials and your agents longstanding relationships with casting directors and producers gets the auditions. They have relationships with casting they’ve built for years. Yes they can help but the talents headshot, their acting abilities and tv host brand, the quality of their work, and reputation in the end really gets the audition. The truth is agents want you to book your 10 percent, to pull your 10 percent of weight- from the 100 percent of talents they have on their roster.
*Agents are praying that you will:
a) Be a great actor but more importantly be a great AUDITIONER.
b) Be a great actor but more importantly have great HEADSHOTS that get you in the room.
c) Be a great actor but more importantly have killer REEL that closes deals.
d) Be a great actor but more importantly have a real grasp of yourself as a HUMAN BEING & be easy to work with.
Agents need all the help they can get. Agents won’t and are not expected to do ALL THE WORK for 10% of your little paycheck. Do the work, show up and the agent will show up.
An agent wants someone who is booking. Get the work done ANY WAY YOU CAN. Do WHAT EVER IT TAKES to get it on screen. Get credits and get seen. Then and only then are you ready for an agent. When you show evidence that you are ready to go on auditions that are at a higher level then you are ready for an agent.
So if you are ready for an agent, proceed to Part 11 in the next blog- if not- get to work!