Finding Agency Representation as a Foreign Actor in the US

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Mark Allan

Webinar hosted by: Mark Allan

TV Talent Development at "Big Six" Agency

Mark has been working in the agency business for the past four years. Over that time he has worked at two different “Big 6” agencies, with experience working with senior partners in both the literary/packaging and talent departments. Today he is an agent trainee and executive assistant to a talent partner. A law school graduate, he has worked closely with foreign clients in helping them establish a U.S. visa and garner work in the States. Mark is conversant in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Italian and Hindi. Full Bio »

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Learn directly from Mark Allan, who currently works in TV Talent development at one of the "Big Six" Hollywood agencies! He'll give you specific insider knowledge of the how to find agency representation if you're a foreign actor.

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, you will learn how you can increase your chances of finding an agent as a foreign actor new to the U.S. market. Using his experience working in the talent department at one of the "Big Six" Hollywood agencies, Mark Allan will guide you through what it takes to secure representation if you're hoping to make the jump. First, he'll cover what you should currently be focused on before arriving in the U.S. and building your career. He'll examine why agents prefer talent that is already established elsewhere over new foreign unknown actors and how you can use your old representation to get U.S. agency attention. Mark also plans to give an overview of the visa process, including the challenges of doing it alone, getting a sponsor or hiring an attorney. 

Mark will then give you an overview of what to your agency will expect from you. He'll tackle the issue of working on improving your accent to appeal to wider audiences and why this is so important to your chances of securing representation. As well as how you can use your accent to your advantage and how the growing need for diversity can improve your chances as a foreign actor. 

You will walk away knowing how to approach building your career as a foreign actor seeking to establish yourself in the U.S. marketplace. 

What You'll Learn

  1. Coming to the United States
    • Tips To Help You Start Out Ahead.
    • Building a Career in Your Home Country Before Making the Jump.
      • Why American Reps Prefer Foreign Talent that is Established in their Home Market.
      • Creating selling/talking points based on previous work
      • Examples: Margot Robbie, Sofia Vergara, Michelle Dockery
    • The Visa Process.
      • Getting a sponsor: Project vs Representation sponsorship
      • Doing It Yourself - Not Recommended
      • Hiring An Attorney: Timeline and costs involved
    • Finding Representation.
      • Should you approach Managers or Agents first?
      • Why Major agencies often do not develop/grow talent
      • Benefits of already having foreign representation
      • How to use personal connections to get representation
      • How to present yourself: What works/what doesn't
  2. Working on the accent.
    1. Foreign accents versus English-language accents.
    2. Why you need to work to develop the American accent
    3. How to use your accent to your advantage.
    4. Working to improve your American Accent
      • Accent coaches.
      • Living in the United States
  3. Growing need for diversity in U.S. marketplace.
    1. Benefits to foreign hires.
  4. Balancing a career between the U.S. and your home market.

Plus, a live and interactive Q&A with Mark!

About Your Instructor

Mark has been working in the agency business for the past four years. Over that time he has worked at two different “Big 6” agencies, with experience working with senior partners in both the literary/packaging and talent departments. Today he is an agent trainee and executive assistant to a talent partner. A law school graduate, he has worked closely with foreign clients in helping them establish a U.S. visa and garner work in the States. Mark is conversant in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Italian and Hindi.

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