An Interview with Talent Agent Angela Morris
by Joshua Siegel
What it is like being a talent agent and how the good ones can help actors succeed.
Actor and author Joshua Siegel interviews Hollywood talent agent Angela Morris.
First off, most people know that an agent is very important to an actor's career, but few actually know what an agent's job entails. Can you briefly describe what an agent does?
An Agent works for their client -- be they a Model or Actor to find the best exposure they can, and markets the client for employment in the medium of the clients choice... A friend of mine worded it best though, (thanks Karen!) as to finding the best agent for children -- it is applicable for adults as well:
- The agent who LOVES your child the MOST is the best agent.
- The agent who will work HARDEST for your child is the best agent.
- The agent who will GROOM your child -- tell you what you need to do to market your child successfully is the best agent.
- The agent who picks up the phone and PITCHES his heart out about your kid is the best agent.
- The agent who LISTENS to your questions and answers them so you can understand is the best agent.
- The agent who KNOWS what career path you want to follow and submits accordingly is the best agent.
What are some of the common misconceptions you think actors have about agents?
The biggest misconception that actors (especially newbies) have about getting into show biz is that getting the agent is the hardest part and its all easy street from there -- that's the easiest part!
Poise, Personality, and Presence.
How about experience?
Experience helps, but skill is what I will be looking for most. There will always be room for beginners.
We all need to start somewhere. Speaking of which, how did you get started as an agent?
I started off as a Child/Teen Actor... As an adult I worked in Human Resources, but it wasn't enough...when I got an opportunity to combine both fields I was overjoyed. I consider myself extremely lucky that I have found a career that I love so much.
Any final words of advice for those interested in an acting career?
I always tell my clients to keep a hold of reality while they follow their dreams. A swelled ego will get a person nowhere. Education is important.