I see lots of actors stressing about how to impress agents, which inspired me to help you in today’s blog. It can be pretty daunting knowing where to start, the dos and don’ts and of course many actors have lots of questions such as, “do I need to have done TV work to get an agent?”, “what are agents looking for?”, “Is my work good enough to get an agent?”, “will they take me seriously?” and “how do I stand out?”. All of these are valid questions, but it doesn’t have to be scary or daunting.
I have made many mistakes over the years when it comes to getting representation so you don’t have to! My tips come from what has worked for both me and my students and they will certainly work for you too! Are you ready to jump in? Before we do, I want to make it clear that these tips can be used for both the cover letter and the meeting.
HOW TO IMPRESS AGENTS
- Show them you’re sell-able – e.g constantly working. When you’re in project after project (high quality ones – yes even unpaid high quality ones) you’re giving the message that you’re castable, that you’re in demand, that you’re serious. It doesn’t matter where these projects are coming from as long as you’re actually in the game. This means you have to make acting a way of life.
- Know where you fit in the industry – this makes their job that teeny bit easier so get to grips with this and have a clear vision. Knowing where you fit in the industry takes out the guesswork so you can both collaborate. Ask yourself what productions you realistically fit into in film, theatre and TV. If you’re absolutely certain that one art form e.g TV, isn’t for you then don’t be shy about this. It’s ok to niche down.
- Keep training -There’s a bit of a weird thing in the UK (for some act