I don't have an agent. Last year I sent out query letters to major producers for my screenplay - Ringling. Almost all were returned and I bet every screenwriter knows why - they don't accept "unsolicited material." I certainly understand and I was really excited when Martin Scorsese asked his manager Chris Donelly to hear what I had. Unfortunately I made the big mistake of giving him the treatment instead of the script (I had just finished a read of my draft #1 of the script and was nervous that it wasn't ready). They passed, by my heart still beats a little louder when I re-experience the moment. I have been fortunate to be able to get producers through networking to request the script when we have mutual acquaintances. Recently, however, a producer working for a [giant name] production company asked me if I had an agent. When I told him I didn't he replied "when you do have one I want to read "Ringling." The name Ringling goes a long way and is a hook for a pitch on it's own. HERE IS THE PROBLEM: every time I approach an agent they tell me that I need to have had an optioned and or produced screenplay before they will consider taking me on as a client. It's a real dilemma: no production no agent/ no agent no production. I would like to hear from screenwriters how they have been able to break through this barrier and get an agent.