Filmmaking / Directing : How do I get in contact with a actors agent? by Robert Destefano

Robert Destefano

How do I get in contact with a actors agent?

I'm trying to develop a serious feature film at moment but I'm a bit curious to know on how to get in contact with a well known actors agent to discuss about being attached to our project. I'm not looking for huge hollywood A-list stars, I'm just looking for smaller ones like "Miles Teller" as an example. Anybody know where to go or somehow connect me? Would be great help, thanks!

D Marcus

There are a few ways. Contact SAG-AFTRA and ask them for the actors representation. Sometimes a Google search will get you that info. Sign up for IMDbPro. For example; I used Google and found a recent article in the Hollywood Reporter that mentions Miles Teller is repped by CAA.

Robert Destefano

D Marcus: Any tips on how to professionally grab their attention without looking/sounding like a complete stranger to them and stand out more to these agents? I'm pretty sure they get emails and calls from other people that are looking to do the same. I just want to do this the right way.

D Marcus

That is the issue isn't it? More than how to get in contact with an agent (which is easy) it's how to get an actor to attach themselves and their reputation to your project. Something very important to keep in mind when you approach a working actor; This is what they do for a living. And it's their reputation on the line - not yours. Am I right in assuming that you are thinking that if you could get an actor or two to attach themselves to your movie you will have a better change at getting financing?

Robert Destefano

Indeed you are correct. I understand there are challenges to face when it comes down to this type of stage during the development process.

D Marcus

So you are actually asking the actor to be a primary producer. Their "name" will either get financing or fail in getting financing. If you fail in getting financing it hurts the actors name - not yours. In addition to the obvious way to stand out (a great, finished script that offers the actor a challenge - something they don't usually get to do) you should approach them as what they would be if they agreed; the primary producer. You are looking for a producer, someone whose name will bring in money, far more than an actor who is perfect for a role you have written.

Robert Destefano

Alright, thank you Marcus for your insight.

Jon Gutierrez

If you're looking for agent contact info, you should spring for an IMDBpro account. Almost every actor's page has their representation's contact info on it.

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