Screenwriting : Contacting agents/agencies by Callum McKay

Callum McKay

Contacting agents/agencies

Hi all, me again. What's people's general position on contacting agents? I've a list of agencies and started sending material out. I've been told when approaching agencies with an email it's good to get a name and a direct email address, but then agency sites that allow submissions also tend to have a submissions email address. In people's experience, is it better to go through the proper channel of submitting material through their submission email, or find a name and reach out to that person directly? Thanks

Pamela Bolinder

Hi, me again too. My working strategy for this is to wait until purchase negotiations begin. Then, when you call, they will be more inclined to take you on. There is another place that scripts park - with the agent. No one is going to work harder than you to get your script out there. I guess I would want to know who is the best advocate/agent. I want their name, phone number, address, make and model of car (kidding) again, you get the point. I think I've had way too much coffee this morning. ;/

Dan Guardino

Personally I had much better luck calling and trying to get a name.

Dan MaxXx

Personally, I would do the opposite and meet filmmakers, writers, crew techs. Ask for a referral but before you ask, do something selfless. Jus’ don’t be a user from the start of a relationship

Dan Guardino

The best way to get an agent is sneak up on them late at night with a contract in one hand and knife in the other.

Danny Manus

@Callum how many scripts do you have finished, commercial & ready to go? Why do you think you NEED an agent? Most writers dont. usually better to start with a manager unless you currently have paid projects going on.

Callum McKay

Hi Danny, I did a screenwriting course with a script consultant and he gave me a list of agencies to try and get representation. He recommended it for getting material circulated and having work offered so I've been working under the impression that getting an agent would help me in these early years going forward. I'm sure there's other approaches to take but I'm not as familiar with those options. I would add I live and work in the UK, don't know if that makes a difference.

Danny Manus

@Callum Ohhhh ok, it is different in the UK. are you submitting to UK agents or agents here in hollywood? if submitting to UK agents, thats fine. But here, you're prob not ready yet - theyre not there to help you thru the beginning, theyre there to help you at the end when you need contracts negotiated and your scripts are polished and ready...

Callum McKay

I'm submitting to UK agents, not sure I'd make much headway banging on the doors of Hollywood before I've got some worthy credentials

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