I dont really know anything about this specific process. What is the best way to go about getting representation/an agent? Other than moving to new york or la and walking in to fifty places.
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Acting? Screenwriting? Directing?
Honestly, C: All of the Above. I literally, for whatever reason, have nearly zero data regarding 'getting an agent' like, move to ny or la and do walk ins on every agency you can find is :S real, best I got.. how do you get an agent? I know you need* an agent to get ahead in the entertainment industry, but .. real, how do you get one? Model Mayhem!? Seems like there is a functional gap in my DMG, if you know what I am saying,
I would personally stay away from agents as they really don't do anything in this town find a manager someone that has a small amount of actors in his Rolodex and can give you the attention that you need
Do a search for agencies in your area, and try to find specific agent names. Don't just send your info to the agency, but address it c/o "Agent Name." DO NOT walk into agencies. Always mail your info. Make sure you have a perfect resume, an 8x10 headshot stapled or double-sided taped to the back, and send it in a photo envelope with a cover letter describing your goals and what sets you apart from everyone else. Be sure to have as many people in the industry as you can proofread it for you before you send it. It'll take some research to get it right, but if you're not willing to put in the work, why pursue this career in the first place, right? Good luck to you!
Agents outside of LA and NY are easy to get. In the smaller markets they usually have open auditions that you can go to and audition. If you have talent you get in. If you don't have talent take some acting classes and get good at it. In your acting classes ask other students who their agent is get a referral from them. Once you have a referrel and training try again. Make sure its a good agency though. There are some that just try to sell headshots, or acting classes or charge up front fee's. A good talent agency should take a percentage.
Have you ever produced anything? That will be your lead in. It's incredibly hard to get an agent or manager to consider a new client who has no existing work behind them. I have a friend who has an amazing literary agent, she acquired him through a play of her's being produced locally in a small FL town where his sister lived. Oddly enough, it lead to her living in LA and now working on Script re-writes for studios, while she waits on her first major film to start production. It's worth considering to produce a small film/short film or play. Get your work seen, then the rest will fall into place. Best of Luck.
From experience... agents are different at different times in your career. When starting out, they will do little for you. They will just check over your contracts and collect royalties from the projects you were involved with. If you get more famous and can command more money they will actively pursue work for you b/c they are getting 15%. Think like this...put all the energy you would into getting a rep into getting new projects made. When one of them gets noticed, the agency will seek you out. The other option is to get cast in something that pays, tell the producer you will get the contract back to them asap. Then call an agency, tell them you need someone to rep you and look over your contract asap. Agents (and most people) love getting paid for doing practically nothing. I know two people who have gotten signed doing it that way. Also, when you call a major agency, don't call a major agent unless you are getting paid like an a list talent. Call a lesser known agent. The most important thing when talking to an agent or agency is to remember, they are looking for the next best thing. That and they take craps, too. They are just people like any of us.
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Make sure your presentation package is absolutely perfect. Write a friendly, concise, specific letter to every agent you think could possibly be interested in EXACTLY what you do. Don't write a single form letter--this is the sort of letter that gets an immediate rejection. Have a look at agents who represent writers you admire, with whom you have some artistic resonance. And then edit, re-edit and re-edit a piece of writing that others have suggested is strong...and send it forward. You'll probably need to do this about 40-60 times before you get a response.