As an aspiring actor or actress, you must do whatever is takes to make sure that your career takes off in the best way possible. The best way to ensure that you will be seen and be taken serious as an actor is to be represented by a talent agency. Being represented by a talent agency shows that you are worthy, professional and talented. Casting agents will see this as having someone back you up and co-signing on your talent. Finding the right talent agency could be hard. It’s important to know who they are and what type of business they run. It’s always important to research every single talent agency you are considering way before you contact them. Always make sure they are appropriate for you and your budding career. For example, find an agency that represents talents in your age group and doesn’t have too many other clients. You don’t want to be thrown into an agency with 500 other clients, you might never get sent out on any auditions.
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Take your time to shop a few different agencies and don’t be afraid to ask questions when you finally do meet with them. The main job of a talent agency is to support you and get you on as many auditions as possible. If they don’t meet those requirements, drop them as your agency and move on to a new one. Now, if you don’t get representation from an agency as fast as you’d like, continue to build your resume and reel. Gather as much experience as possible and then go back to shopping. Keep in mind that the more gigs you take, the more professional you look and the better your chance will be to eventually get noticed by agents and talent agencies.
Signing up for an online talent agency like Explore Talent could benefit your career greatly. On Explore Talent, you will find a pool of thousands of casting posted daily and a search tool that lets you filter these castings by your zip code. You will be able to locate the ones closest to you and the ones that fit your criteria the best. Not only will you be able to access these casting calls but you can also meet, chat and mingle with tons of other aspiring artists just like you.
Talking to your peers who share the same dream as you can be inspiring and motivational. You can talk about different audition tips, acting advice and much more. You can also enter in contests, create a website and order your very own business cards. When you sign up for an online talent agency, you are pretty much working for yourself. You are building your online presence through your profile. This could be the best, fastest and easiest way to get noticed by casting directors in your area.
If you aren’t’ getting attention from acting agencies outside of the internet than creating an online profile is the best way to go. It’s better for actors with little to no experience. You can learn lots of industry tricks and tips and prepare yourself for the real world of Hollywood. Once you’ve built your online presence, talked to some fellow actors and have submitted yourself to some castings, you will most likely be comfortable enough to sit down with some agents in real life.
At the end of the day, you want to seem as established as possible when you go into any audition and the best way to become an “established” actor is to be represented by an agency. Finding the perfect agent for you might take a while but don’t ever give up. All great things take time and your blooming career will come together perfectly as long as you stay patient, persistent and professional!Image courtesy of NY Times