I would like to get some feedback from the community on the pros and cons of having an agent to get the inside track on various film, tv, and commercial projects. What is the purpose of even having one? Is it a good idea to have an agent and is there any benefits to having one as opposed to not? Casting Directors and Directors are you more likely to look at an actor who has an agent more so than a freelancer? Is having an agent important or unnecessary? I ask this because a fellow actor friend of mine managed to get signed up with an agent and the projects he got involved in seemed to explode. I use various sources of casting info to find out about projects but don't seem to be getting the results that my friend has since he got in with a talent agency.