As a studio that specializes in headshots, we work with a lot of actors. We know that when it comes to finding an agent, aspiring actors often worry that they don’t have a big enough resumé and don’t even know where to start. Don’t let these things scare you! Finding the right agent can be overwhelming, but if you’re reading this, you’re on the right path. Every actor needs a toolbox, and filling that toolbox up with the right things is critical. We’ve put together these tips so that you can be prepared when you get that agent meeting.
Your headshot is the first thing that they see. Having a great headshot that will set you apart from others is vital. Agents look at hundreds of headshots, you want to make sure yours is the one they stop at.
Before booking a headshot session, figure out what your different type’s or looks are. Do you normally go for roles that are blue collar, friendly neighbor, or young mom? Or are you more the queen bee, jock, or the mysterious bad boy? It’s important to know your type in order to achieve a great marketable headshot. Agents are also looking for both commercial and theatrical headshots.
2. RESUMÉ AND TRAINING
The resume is the next piece of your toolbox. Some of the top questions I hear are; I barely have anything on my resume, is that okay? I don’t have many acting credits, will they meet with me still?
Resumes are constantly evolving. If you don’t have much in one area, then it’s important to build the other. Start with training. Find an acting school in the area that speaks to you and sign up for classes. Not only will you work on your craft but you will become part of a family. Classes are a great way to find a solid group of fellow actors who support you and are there to answer questions and inspire each other. Workshops are another necessary thing to add to your resume. There are plenty of different workshops given by casting directors, acting teachers, and agents.
As for building credits are on your resume, there are plenty of ways to self-submit for projects. In Orlando, we are very fortunate to have the UCF & Full Sail programs to participate in student and independent films. Actor’s Access and following Orlando film groups on Facebook are other ways to self-submit.
3. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Do everything you can to be the most knowledgeable about the business. Take classes and workshops, study, create, and self-submit. This business is ever-changing and it’s important to keep up with the times, or you quickly get lost. Be attentive and thorough. Agents pay attention to how you follow directions for submitting and it shows them how you’ll be with auditions if they sign you.
4. CREATE CONTENT
If auditions & bookings are slow, create your own content. What a better way to work on your craft and learn different aspects of filmmaking than to immerse yourself in it? It’s also helpful to find a group of people that you can bounce ideas off of. Your tribe should be a safe space that you can share your fears and goals with. This business get’s easier when you have people supporting, challenging, and rooting for you.
Remember that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. In this business, we hear more nos than yesses. Sometimes you may hear no from an agent not because you’re not talent, but because they have too many people already with your look or type. Often we get told no because we don’t have the right look they’re going for. Don’t let that discourage you. Let it inspire you to keep pushing forward. Great things take time. They also take a lot of hard work. A great saying comes to mind: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
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