Get me a talent agent!

Get me a talent agent!

That’s what a young man wrote to me a few days ago. Here below you will find my answer to his…request.
The young man’s name I have changed. So let’s just call him…Roger.

It doesn’t work that way Roger. It’s not that easy.

You are asking someone to get you an agent and you haven’t even introduced yourself!
I have no idea who you are, what you look like, what kind if any, acting skills and experience you have, where you live. I haven’t seen any of your acting work, don’t know if you have taken any classes. I know nothing.
If this is your strategy, to try and get people to introduce you to an agent in this way, you are going down the wrong road. It’s not a winning strategy at all.
No one actor who is intelligent will introduce you to an agent if they have no idea who you are and above all, if they have never seen your work as an actor. Why would they? They risk putting their credibility and integrity on the line for someone they don’t even know.

Just imagine if the actor who you ask to introduce you has built a good relationship with his agent over the years, introduces another actor to their agent and that other actor turns out to be a flop. What do you think the agent will think? It doesn’t make sense and no one will do that for you Roger. No actor who is intelligent would take that risk. If you find that concept difficult to understand, just try and put yourself in their shoes. If you were an established actor, would you introduce someone you don’t even know to your agent?

If you really want an agent, then do it the right way and build from the ground up. Present yourself correctly. Tell who you are, what experience you have and show some videos of your work.

I might be wrong, but in my 9 years of experience helping actors get their acting careers started, I find that people who send messages like the one you sent to me “Get me an agent.”, usually have no experience at all, have never taken any acting classes and just want to be an actor, because they think it would be a cool thing to do and want to be famous. I hope that is not your case.

If you don’t like what I said and want to try the easy route anyway, then have a look at this page. It tells you all the steps on how to get an agent, but if you don’t have the basis, then it won’t work Roger. But…you can try.
http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/get-a-talent-agent.html

http://actingcareerquickstart.com/get-a-talent-agent.html

Starting an acting career and keeping it going is hard work. You need to be passionate and be willing to do what is necessary. If you don’t know what steps to take, then my Acting Career Quick Start Home-Study Course can help. It will walk you through all the steps. It will be like having a mentor, someone to help you who really wants you to succeed.

So, at this point if you have been trying to get your acting career started and what you are trying isn’t working, then you have two choices. Either continue to do what you have been doing or get someone to help you who knows what they are doing and can help you start getting auditions regularly and also acting jobs.

Good luck!

Tony

Find a talent agent: Why most new actors can’t get one

Do you want to find a talent agent?
What about building relationships with casting directors so that they call you in for auditions?

Well…here’s why most new actors and even actors who have been at it for a while can’t make either one of those things happen.

Research

In doing my research, I of course must read a lot. Over the Christmas break as a matter of fact, I read two books.
I came across something that I knew, but never quite thought about in this way AND I thought about how this is absolutely applicable to someone who wants to find a talent agent or who has been trying to find a talent agent and hasn’t had any luck.

Statistics

It’s a statistic with regard to customers in general who buy products and services in any sector, in any industry. The source of this statistic is ________________.

Here it is.

2% of customers buy after the 1st contact with the sales person.
3% of customers buy after the 2nd contact.
4% of customers buy after the 3rd contact.
10% of customers buy after the 4th contact.
AND
81% of customers buy on or after the 5th contact!

So what does this have to do with new actors who try to find a talent agent?

Another related statistic says that:

48% of companies STOP contacting customers who say no the first time,
and only 5% of companies or salespeople continue to contact customers who still haven’t decided after 5 contacts!
Only 5%!

So who do you think gets the most business? You got it! The salespeople who continue to contact customers more than 5 times. How long it actually takes to get the sale of course depends on a lot of different factors. Among these factors is the salesperson’s ability to communicate, build a relationship, etc. and also the industry in which she works. The acting industry has a rate of “closing a sale” so to speak is a lot higher.

In other words, I’m talking about the number of times that actors need to contact talent agents and casting directors in order to get called in for an interview or an audition. In the acting industry it takes longer in general, because there is so much competition and also because the vast majority of new actors don’t know how to contact those people effectively without being bothersome or annoying or boring or just like all the rest.

Which actors end up getting called up by talent agencies?
And which actors end up building relationships with casting directors?

Remember my article about the 12 touches in which I wrote about the necessity to not just send out headshots and resume packages once, but that you need to contact talent agents and casting directors multiple times. BUT, it’s not just about calling or contacting those people many times, it’s about being creative in the way you contact them. We go into that in great detail in the Home-Study Course.

I just wanted to leave you with this little piece of stimulus, which has the following lesson in it:

If you want to really find a talent agent or build relationships with casting directors and hope to get them to call you in for auditions, sending out one headshot and resume and a cover letter and then sitting back and waiting for someone to call you, IS NOT A WINNING STRATEGY.

My closing questions for you

1. Are you among the of the majority of all new actors that contacts agents and casting directors only once and then sits back and hopes they will call only to be disappointed that they never do?

2. Or are you part of the unique and stand-out group of new actors that takes the time to do their homework and that has many different ways to contact them and that ends up getting called in for interviews, that ends up getting their agents and that ends up getting lots of auditions repeatedly from casting directors with whom they have built relationships?

Which category do you belong to?

If you don’t know how to contact agents correctly or if you have been trying and it isn’t working, you have two choices. Either keep doing what you are doing and get the same results or change what you are doing.

If you need help, I’m here. And remember, there are two kinds of people out there in this world. Which kind of person are you. See the video to find out what I’m talking about.
http://www.actingcareerquickstart.com/ACQSSales.html

Tony
Fellow Actor
and Creator of
the first ever
Acting Career Quick Start
Home-Study Course

and someone who
genuinely wants to see
you happy doing
what you love: Acting

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