What is an acting agent?
Before you go out and find yourself an acting agent, it is best if
you first know what one is. An acting agent is an actor’s representative
– he will submit you for roles and also get you in to see casting
directors. He will also negotiate all of your fees and contracts. For
all of this work, an acting agent generally takes about 10% of your
income. Once you have an acting agent, you are known as his “client.”
How to get an acting agent:
One of the easiest ways to get an acting agent is if she sees your
work and decides to call you for an interview. There is also the possibility
that a casting director or actor or someone else in the business will
recommend you to an acting agent. A third possibility is that you look
for an acting agent and hand out resumes and photos and wait for an
acting agent to contact you. It is good to get an acting agent to see
your work before you start working with her, because then she can really
see what sort of work you do.
How to get an acting agent to see your work:
Agent workshops -- First of all, be wary of things like agent workshops.
There are some that agents and casting directors do show up to, but
other ones just take your money. If you are going to do an agent workshop,
make sure that it is reasonable priced and feature great industry professionals
as guests. You pay money to hear these guests speak, and then you get
a chance to perform and be critiqued by these industry professionals.
Good speakers may be acting agents, casting directors, or directors.
Scene nights -- A scene night is an event for actors to try and be
seen by people in the industry. Rather than putting on a long play,
a group of actors will choose a few scenes that show off their skills
the best. Then they send out hundreds of invitations to casting directors,
acting agents, and directors.
Scene nights are a great way to show off your skills. Also, you do
not have to pay that extra money like you do for other events, so you
know you are not being scammed. Just make sure that your scene night
is well organized. There should only be a small number of actors. Make
sure that you only do short scenes. You do not want it to be a long
Show business is a difficult business. It can be hard to find a really
quality agent, but a quality agent may be what you need to get your
“name in lights,” so to speak. Make sure that you find an
agent that has many connections and great networking skills. The more
casting directors, etc, that he knows, the better off you are. Be nice
to all agents, though, even if you decide not to sign with one –
agents talk to each other, even, and you want to be sure that another
agent will want to sign you on, even if another did not.