Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Getting an agent could be as simple as 1-2-3

The simplest way of getting an agent is to

  1. Put your head shot in an envelope
  2. Put your resume in the same envelope
  3. Mail the envelope to an agent.
This might seem like an over-simplistic way of getting an agent, but if you don't do those three simple steps you won't get an agent. The agent won't know you exist. The agent won't know you are seeking representation. The agent is not out there looking for you. He or she is a very busy person. He or she already has talent making money for them.

Let the agent know you exist.

Of course, you need a good head shot, an effective resume, and you need to know which agents to send your information to. But, when it comes down to it, those three steps; putting your head shot and resume into an envelope and mailing that envelope to an agent is the most important thing to do.

You might have never acted in your life and you would have a better chance of landing an agent than those that have all the talent in the world simply because you mailed in that head shot and resume. If you are looking for a job of any kind you need a resume, and in show biz, because agents need to know what you look like, you need a head shot.

You might be the ugliest person in the world and you would stand a better chance of landing an agent than a beautiful person if you send in that photo and resume and they didn't. You never know what sort of look an agent needs to fill out their stable of clients.

You have to research legitimate agencies and in Canada you can do that through the ACTRA site or you can check out our website at Bottle Tree Productions for legitimate Hollywood agents or you can check out the Screen Actors Guild website(SAG) or The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists(AFTRA) website.

Unfortunately in my experience, I find that many very talented actors that I have worked with won't do those three simple steps. Now, one can say that was because they don't really want it, but I am not so sure. I think that many actors don't realize how simple those three steps are. They think it must be way more complicated than that.

While it is true that this method won't guarantee you an agent, if you don't do those three simple steps, I can guarantee you that you won't get one.

For info on head shots, resumes, auditions, acting classes and much more check out Bottle Tree Productions

Remember; getting an agent can be as simple as 1-2-3!

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