We’ve all heard that story about someone being discovered at a mall or perhaps on the street. Do not wait to be discovered! If you want to become a TV actor or at least be part of a TV show, ads, etc, you need to find an agent to be informed about the auditions and career planning in the television sector.
If you are looking for an agent, you can choose either a well known or newly developing agent. Experienced agent manager could obviously guide you better; however if the agent has a very good reputation, accordingly they have already a good cast list, then your chance to be sent to the auditions is not very high. On the other hand, someone new in the sector could be more enthusiastic and promoter.
And be wary of agents who are asking for money before signing the contract. Unfortunately, there are plenty of scammers in this sector. Why would an agent who got their money up front be working hard to find you jobs if they have already gotten their share?
Clearly, you are supposed to be able to trust your agent, eventually your agent is your representative. Observe he or she for a while and don’t forget that they are standing for both your and his or her best interests.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Good research of agents: talk to someone in business, a friend who is an actor and do some research online.
- Wait for signing the contract: most of the agents would not prefer to work together before signing the contract. Try to convince them to sign after getting a job or if you have to sign it, do not sign more than 1 year.
- Be patient: your agent is responsible for sending you to the auditions but no one can guarantee that you will be absolutely chosen just because you work with them. They only mediate between you and the producer, but they cannot add value for you. So if you are not chosen after hundreds of audition, do not blame your agent, be patient and keep going.