Screenwriting : How to get represented by agencies if you can't meet with 'em? by Conrad Ekeke

Conrad Ekeke

How to get represented by agencies if you can't meet with 'em?

Does anyone have any plausible idea how to get an agency or agents when you're a non US resident or live in Europe? I've sent emails, which I still do. Well quite honestly, a good majority of Africans living in Africa are very dishonest - A majority of them and they'll make you pay money for some irrelevant thing in the name of being an agent and all... "Short" they're unreliable even when you have to pay them to do their job when you're not supposed to. 1- I'm aware it might not be easy getting an agent since most responses I've had want that I meet face 2 face. 2 - Also that there could be the possibility to get an agent/agency representation in the circumstance So far, meeting an agent doesn't look like the option I have, 'cause I can't for now....

Dan MaxXx

doesn't matter where u live. u just need a great spec script. all the movie agents are in Los Angeles. spend $30 and subscribe to imdbpro.com or drop $50 on Black List . U can live on the moon and a great spec/concept will attract real Agents. (just have Internet access. everyone does 'skype'. trust me. if your spec is any good, someone will buy an airline ticket for you to come to los angeles and sign over the rights to your script. then they will send u home :))) good luck

Conrad Ekeke

Thanks Dan. I'll make sure. I think it's the imdb/black list part that I would worry more about and yes, if a spec is good. :) Then I will return home :)

Dan MaxXx

@conrad good luck. do what I do. spend $20 on imdbpro , screenshot every page off the site, and THEN CANCEL your subscription before the free trial run. The site will refund your money .

Conrad Ekeke

Thanks Dan, I will. Thanks a lot Brother.

Frederic Lecamus

As someone in the same situation, if your script can't win a US contest or get a special mention, it's highly unlikely that it has the quality to draw the attention of the industry. Unless you climb up the ladder organically through who you know, it's very difficult to get a US or UK agent on cold calls. Win a feature contest and then doors might open, or get a working visa and work your way from there. But understand their position: they have plenty of resources where they are, why would they bother with someone from abroad? You'd need to be unique, or skilled enough to prove that you're better than their local talent. At best, through contacts or networking or contests, they will buy your script - but it does not mean that an agent will be representing you. An agent most of time only appears when you have a contract and he will represent you if he knows that you can bring more business or look good on his roster. It's that "simple"...

Frederic Lecamus

And on top of that getting a manager is way more important than an agent. Like I always say: instead of spending time to get noticed, spend the same effort making sure that your craft is right. I now spend every dime I have in quality coverage instead of contests and festivals... The day you can sell a script, you'll want to be sure that your craft is up to par. Just my two cents.

Bill Costantini

Pitch sessions here and elsewhere are a great way to try to get representation. Entering contests are also a great way to get representation. Good luck, Conrad!

Dan MaxXx

^^^^ known as double dipping. more commission $$$$. Managers are all Producers now. A rookie writer will always get screwed on the 1st deal. and that's fine. The goal is to get into the game. be Known.

Conrad Ekeke

I'm honored with your responses and Fred, thanks for the advice.

Conrad Ekeke

This will go a long way helping others too, you know... :)

Dan Guardino

Dan M. Most managers aren't producers. I really don't know where you are getting all your information.

Dan MaxXx

@Dan where am I getting my info? from real people who work and make money making real movies benderspink. zero gravity. circle of Confusion. brooklyn weaver..I can go on and on dropping names but it is your job (writers) to research and find real buyers.

Dan Guardino

I am a producer and I'm not looking for any buyers.

Conrad Ekeke

I think what Max is saying is that most producers prefer to do the management than pay someone who would do what they can. However, if it saves cost, I think it's best but the roles need to be respected so a track is made for everyone "apt" to follow. Was that your idea Max? :-)

Dan MaxXx

@conrad research the people u want to get in business with. everyone wants money. a Manager "double dips" with his fee repping a Writer and a fee as a Producer if the Writer's script goes into production. For example, Benderspink is a management company who produced "American Pie" franchise. American Pie made MILLIONS..... oh, benderspink also produced "HANGOVER" franchise.

Dan Guardino

Some of the bigger management companies and agencies do package deals and produce films but the smaller ones normally don't have the assets (bankable talent) to do it.

Conrad Ekeke

Thanks Dan and Dan... :) I'll do my search, I'll start small. The essential at my stage is to try as much to give top notch for as little as... Well that's the philosophy I guess

Dan Guardino

I go an agent by calling at least five a day until I got one to rep me. I never had one insist on meeting fact to face.

Richard "RB" Botto

We've had over 100 writers get signed through the Stage 32 Happy Writers. Over half of them live outside of L.A. With Skype and other video software, face-to-face meetings happen online much more frequently. Hell, even acting auditions have moved online in many cases.

Conrad Ekeke

Great, Stage 32 happy writers is a positive route. He'll I didn't realize... And yes Dan, not all cases will insist on a meeting. Maybe I just kept walking through a misguided path. I hear y'all guys and thanks.

Conrad Ekeke

Now what has been hindering me is payment method as here, in my country, I've tried doing the PayPal stuff for like 5 years and they keep telling me to wait until they can see a possibility of operating with their terms and system in my country etc... Is there another payment method other than paypal or credit card? Something like skrill.com?

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