Is An Talent Agent?
(by AM Staff)
A talent agent is a
person who helps actors, models, musicians and other
artists and talent find jobs in their profession. An
agent works on behalf of the artist or talent to
negotiate contracts and other business dealings.
Actors don't always need a talent agent in order to work as
an actor, especially actors who live in smaller
markets outside of Hollywood or New York. But even in
larger markets, actors can still find work on their
own without, especially in independent film and
working as a movie extra.
But having an agent, while not always necessary, can still be
helpful and, in some cases, essential. That's because
casting directors often turn to talent agents to find
actors to film roles in film and television projects.
Having an agent gives the actor the ability to be
considered for opportunities that may not be made known to
What Are The Talent Agent's Primary
- The talent agent helps the actor
find acting jobs or auditions that could lead to
- The talent agent helps to
negotiate contracts for the actor
- The talent agent ensures that
the actor gets proper and adequate compensation when a
job is completed.
- Helps guide the actor’s career
How Do I Get A Talent Agent?
There are a number of different ways to find an
agent. Actors should look in industry guides, or even
the phone book, to find talent agencies in their area.
Once you have found a reputable talent agency in your
area, you should contact them by sending a headshot or
photo of yourself, a résumé of all your prior acting
work, and a cover letter introducing yourself.
Beware of Scam Agencies
There are many scam artists posing as talent
agencies. They lure actors in with the promise of acting
work, but their real goal is to sell the actor
photographs or acting classes. Despite spending large
sums of money on classes or photos, actors rarely see
any meaningful representation or acting opportunities.
Finding A Franchised Agent
A franchised agent is an agent that is affiliated with
one of the various actor unions. For this reason,
franchised agents are considered the most reputable.
Actors can find franchised agents by requesting a
listing of agents from the various actor unions or going
to the union’s website.
AFTRA (American Federation
of Television and Radio Artists)
260 Madison Ave.,
New York, New York 10016
Actor's Equity Association
165 West 46th Street, 15th Floor
New York, New York 10036
Screen Actor's Guild
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90036-3600