Ok, your brand has been created. You’ve honed your skills and now you are ready to book gigs and rake in that income. You might find yourself seeking a Manager. But what you need to find is a Talent Agent. But what and how do you find a talent agent? A talent agent is a legal artist and act representative that is bestowed permission to practice from the State they reside in. Talent agents are the only individuals that can legally negotiate and book gigs on behalf of their clients.
But where do you start this search?
Note To Those Seeking A Talent Agent
Understand Rejection Is Essential
Of course it might not be your intention to fail but rejection is a part of the process of acceptance. Do not pitch yourself if you don’t expect a few closed doors. It is important to not take these rejections personally. There are two main reasons why you might be rejected.
Firstly, you simply might be too similar to a few of their clients. People under-estimate the effects of sounding or looking like another person. But this plays a major role in the opportunities your agent can bring to you. If they have too many similar acts who will the job go to? You don’t want to be apart of an agency that makes you compete for gigs. Thus most agents limit the the amount of people in one genre they will work with.
Secondly, you just might not have the experience they are looking for. You probably think that experience is not relevant when it comes to talent, but it is something that talent agents look for. Don’t be ashamed to gather more experience and re-pitch yourself.
Take rejection gracefully and go on with your career. The more agents you email, the higher the odds of finding one. Never give up.
How To Find A Talent Agent
Contact The SagAFTRA
Besides popular misconception that the Sag only deals in the interest of major creators or actresses, they are always willing to help. The best way to find an agent is to contact the Union of Actors and request their list of franchised agents. Working with a franchised talent agency is in the best interest. As non-franchised agencies are more likely to be unregulated.
Create A Pitch Kit
After contacting the SagAFTRA compile a list of the agencies that peeked your interest. Now its time to pitch yourself. Lead with your best assets and skills.
Remember the goal is to get a professional agent to represent you and the first step is to peek their interest. Create an enticing enough self pitch to make the Talent Agent want to interview you. Whether you are an artist or actor/actress always include a headshot to catch the eye of the talent agent. Like any good pitch, include a CV section to demonstrate how professional and qualified you are, and should include your cover letter. Try to include bits of your work, whether it may be mix tapes, your art work or clips of your performance, it is key to include it.
And lastly, include a cover letter explaining why you would like to be represented by that agency or agent.
To improve your chances of getting an agent at the earliest opportunity. Mail and Email your package to to the agency and wait about seven days before following up with a phone call.
Now if your pitch kit landed in the grasp of an interested agent they would want to meet you! Thus you are one step closer to fulfilling your dreams.
Ensure you are punctual to the meeting. Dress well and be prepared to answer questions. Most likely, the talent agent will have a copy of your package, but, be sure to bring copies. Also, be prepared to perform. Don’t be shy to show the agent what they are working with.
You need to decide which type of agent is right for your professional advancement. Remember that not every agent is going to be the one for you. The process is long but it is rewarding.