Question: Where can I find some good casting agencies that don’t cost a lot? I really want to get into acting, but I don’t know where to start. Can yo

Get your terminology right first.

There are talent agencies and casting directors and then there are casting websites where you can get work.

If you want good jobs, you need two things: experience and an agent. The jobs you see posted on a website are what’s left over once the producers and directors have submitted their breakdowns of the roles they need to talent agencies. For real important roles, they almost never go to casting websites, unless they are looking for something that is really difficult to cast.

Now back to you. If you are not getting any response, it could be what you suspect; that the casting website isn’t any good or not legit. It could be their fault.

It could also be your fault that you are not getting a response. Did you ever think about that? Are you trained? What do you have on your résumé? Where did you go to school? What do you have on your reel? What do your headshots look like? How did you fill out your profile on the casting website? Did you utilize all the tools they gave you to be successful?

If something isn’t working for you, you need to be able to analyze the situation and fix it as quickly as possible.

Go have a look at ActingCareerStartUp.com. It really is made to help you.

What I can tell you though is to start here: http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/nycastings.html

Have a look at the teen acting page as well.

Lastly, talent agencies don’t cost you money. They take out 10% of what you earn AFTER you actually do the job and not before.

Good luck in your search!

Tony

p.s. Go to school and really learn how to act and once you find a good school, stay there and keep on training. You’ll be glad you did. Then, learn the business and see how things magically start to happen.

Question: What Do I Need To Know About Getting An Agent?

You want an agent? Ok. Now work backwards.

What do you need to get an agent? Talent, communication, headshot, résumé, cover letter, labels/mailing list. If the agent already knows you, you would have an advantage.

The most important thing in that list is a résumé, because it shows what you have done without you actually being present to tell the story.

So how do you create a résumé that’s going to be interesting enough to get you an agent? By getting some interesting work to put on the résumé and by working on reputable projects with reputable directors in reputable production companies.

What can help you get work? Or rather what will make casting directors want to hire you? If they see that you are well-trained and can take on the roles for which they are casting AND if you are right for the parts AND if you are better than the other candidates or have something to offer that is different or more interesting than your competition.

What will help you be seen as a well-trained actor who is the right actor for roles and who is better than the other actors they see? Training with a good school and a good teacher.

If you have not been training, I think your time will be better spent building a base of SKILL first before looking for an agent. Remember that casting directors and agents eyes are trained and experienced and they can see when an actor is trained or not.

Now that we have gone through that, here is a way that you can use to get an agent: Get an agent.

Tony