Finding Talent Agents and Getting Noticed

by Aimee Mitchell

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You won't find agents listed in the telephone book. So here's how you go about finding a talent agent.


In another of my articles, I mentioned that you are not just going to be noticed as easily as you think. It's important that you know exactly where to get information, how to present yourself and what other ways you can be seen. Without the knowledge, you could be trying to get into the industry without success and there's nothing more upsetting. Getting a talent agent can be fairly simple if you know just what to do, so I wrote this article to compliment my others so that you can easily find what you want.

Finding a Talent Agent
Where do you find talent agents? Finding the name and address of talent agents and talent agencies in your hometown can sometimes be difficult. Most agents and agencies do not advertise. You won't find agents listed in the yellow or white pages of your local telephone book. Legitimate talent agencies do not advertise for clients in newspaper classifieds and they never solicit clients through the mail. So where do you begin? Actingland.com is the world's leading online acting community - and you guessed it, you'll find talent agent and agency contacts there. Actingland provides the complete listing of all Screen Actors Guild (SAG) affiliated talent agents in the United States. Plus, they also provide thousands of American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) affiliated talent agents, too. What are SAG and AFTRA affiliated agents? Talent agents that are recognized by the acting unions because they follow the rules and regulations and code of conduct set forth by the acting guilds are called franchised talent agents. How important are franchised agents? Very! A talent agent can be an actor's greatest ally, strongest supporter and best business partner. Franchised agents place the interests of their actor clients above their own. They do more than just seek out work opportunities for their clients. They also make sure actors are paid a decent wage, assist the actor negotiate and sign union contracts and help make the workplace a safe environment. Choosing a franchised talent agent is one of the most important choices a performer can ever make.

Mailing
So, now you have a good list of talent agents in your chosen area - this could be where you live, or where you plan to be working. You need to start getting together your resume and headshot copies so that you can mail loads of them out. If you're chosen area is a large city, start with perhaps ten agents rather than mailing all of the agents in the area. If you are not successful with those you started with, then continue going through the list remembering to call the agent first to ensure that they represent actors and not models. Secondly, ask if they are accepting applications at this time.

Give those agents you have mailed to around two weeks to respond.

Get Noticed
Whilst you are working in a play, you could start by contacting the agents in the area in which you are working. Always be sure to travel with a copy of your resume and headshot so you never miss out on a golden opportunity. By learning that you need to approach the agent in a professional and courteous manner, you will also learn about being patient as it's unlikely that you are going to get the first talent agent that comes along.

If you are in the area for a short time, call agents and try to arrange meetings while you are there. Of course, if they are not accepting new clients then you may need to re-visit them in the future. This is why I stress how important calling them first really is - you don't want to waste your time showing up on an agent's doorstep to find that they will not see you, and they don't want people knocking on the door without an appointment even if they are taking on new people.

As a final word on this subject, do make sure that you are determined but professional at all times. You're an actor and that acting job won't come unless you work it baby! Take my advice, or parts of it and you are most certainly going to step into that world you always dreamed of.
Aimee Mitchell is an acting coach, short story author, community theater director and playwright. She has spent the better part of her adult life working with young actors and actresses.

Copyright © Aimee Mitchell. All rights reserved. Used with permission of the author. Not to be reproduced or distributed.
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Reader Comments

Im a very good looking young man with determination and confidence in the right hands I believe i could go far in the modling or even acting industry I just need someone to get me out there im not shy and can take charge

Posted by Lucas Logan Cook (2015-02-27) 7143

I would like to get into acting I am 31 years old and have wanting to get into acting since I was a child.

Posted by Rainalynn Breshears (2013-11-04) 6572

I am a 14 y/o 5'3" male, medium length shaggy hair and blue eyes, I am not skinny but no way near overweight, it would be my dream to be an actor known and loved by thousands, I would love to be an actor in a TV sitcom. My favourite shows are; the Big Bang theory, how I met your mother, scrubs, and rules of engagement, I am from the east of England, if interested please contact me via my email address that is not shown! thanks for taking the time to read.

Posted by Max w (2013-10-05) 6557

Hi my name is Natalie (13 years old ) and I am actually looking for agents either in acting or modeling . If you know anybody can you please let me know ?

Posted by Natalie (2013-07-02) 6520

These are some great tips for finding an agency. Choosing the right agency is one of the most important decisions you could make. But once your with a talent agency, you know you have someone who is looking to get you where you want to go.

Posted by Talent (2012-06-19) 5929

Hi, My name is Sean, I'm 42 years old white male, 6 ft, 195 lbs, and I live in San Jose California.

One of my friends named Raymond has been telling me for many years that I should be getting into acting, and specially acting by playing a bad guy in movies. I am told that I have a very loud voice, very intimidating loud voice, I can make quite a bad looking, mean looking or scary face when needed. I am sure that I could play a bad guy, or part of a bad guy gang in movies.

Please reply and let me know if and how I can do something about this. And how I can find an agent who can help me by getting me going.

Thank you

Sean.....

Posted by Sean (2011-10-02) 4849

I can act but i need an agent in order for me to be successful. please contact me anytime.

Posted by Nomvo (2011-07-30) 4099

I want to be a model so do most agents also do modeling because my last agent did not do modeling he only did singing and acting. Was it a scam?

Posted by Gianna Marie (2011-04-24) 3015

I need a talent agent and a manager, and i have very great talent i can sing and write songs. I also act! If u need a talented person im here :) and if u need anything with songs just email me (:

Posted by kindra (2010-10-30) 2760

Hey my name is myiesha and i want to become an actress and become famous

Posted by myiesha (2010-10-27) 2756

Hi my name is Lakota Ive been asking this question and noone will answer.
Can you send your headshots and resume through the internet?

Please email me and answer.

Thanks,
Lakota

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I now have a agent .....
What now , and how do i obtain work , from this ...??
Thank you
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Posted by Estelle-Samantha Kay (2009-10-06) 2134

i need a childs agent in delaware who of course has good experience with children and a franchised agent wouldn't be bad.

Posted by benjamin (2009-03-15) 1132

i need a agent so contact me as soon as possabile and i want one that has worked with teens and that can get me started

Posted by Kailey (2009-02-19) 1031

Hello. I am currently searching for an acting agent who has had some experience with teens, and is willing to help me get my feet wet in the industry. I would like to be good roles in movies and cartoons and such, but if I need to start small, meaning extras and commercials, then I'm more than willing to work for it.

Posted by Whitney (2008-11-19) 592

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Posted by Eric (2008-07-17) 133

i want to find an angent but it is proving very difficult if anyone can help me please contact me back x thanks x

Posted by becky (2008-07-02) 115

that website is great! it really helps! thank you

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