How to Get an Agent: 5 Tips
Looking for an agent? The process may be easier than you think as long as you’re at a point in your career that you feel it’s time to get started. Here’s how to get an agent in five easy steps.
If you’re wondering how to get an agent who’s right for you, the first step is to truly understand the type you’ll need and what, exactly, you’re looking for in representation. You’ll want to work with someone who is committed to furthering the careers of their clients and has the resources to do just that. There are a lot of “agents” out there who simply don’t have the qualification or the bandwidth to find the work you need. There are, unfortunately, also scammers looking to take your money and run. Research is key. Make sure to review websites, credentials, and any testimonials.
Speaking of testimonials, when considering how to get an agent, if you’re part of any talent groups online, ask for recommendations. Chances are you’ll be able to get a list going of reputable sources to consider and may even get some extra must-know information about each business. This is a good way to ask for advice regarding which to pursue and which to avoid. When you get your list going, do some additional research on your own to narrow to tailor the options specifically to your needs.
Understanding how to get an agent comes with understanding how not to. This means, before reaching out, it’s important to know that your agent is not your new best friend. Their role is to work on securing gigs – not to small talk. This means, there has to be a level of trust between you to – that your agent is actively looking for gigs to help you along and that you’re not going to call “just to check in” every day. Instead, your agent will call you whenever something comes up.
Your representative works for you and makes a commission for work they’ve sent your way. They ensure you are submitted to opportunities and are incentivized to do so. When you’re thinking about how to get an agent, be leery of any agency that asks for a fee up front. This automatically warrants looking into, especially if the “agent” is asking you to prepay for services that have yet to be rendered, a wardrobe you don’t have physically in hand, or for travel expenses. You’ll want to avoid any company asking you to wire funds before you begin working together. In general, easy access to your agent is a must, which means the agency won’t be too far away.
When you’ve decided on an agency or two, it’s time to double-check your marketing materials are up to date, follow the submission instructions on the agency’s site, and start passing your details along. If they’re interested, you’ll likely receive a response via email or phone. So, make sure you remain available and ready to work. After you’ve mastered how to get an agent, the rest of the process will come easily!
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