Any aspiring actor knows that you will never get anywhere if you don’t secure yourself a quality agent. This is especially true for those who work within musical theatre; after all securing an audition for your dream part may be that little bit easier when you have the right agent behind you.
Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to find an agent which is why we have put together our top 5 tips for finding the right agent for you and taking those first tentative steps towards working as a legitimate musical theatre actor.
- Check them out
Whilst it is great to have a list of all the musical theatre agents in your area, you might not know which ones are worth going to. By taking your list and doing some independent research you will be able to see which agents are accredited and can be trusted with your career.
It may take a little extra time to check this list, but you will be thankful in the long run.
- Research, Research, Research
Once you know which agencies are taking your fancy then spend some time learning more about them. If it is an agency then how many people do they employ? How long have they been in business? Have they had any great success stories? Where are they located? All of these things you can check out online or by buying a local newspaper.
- Ask around
If you are in the musical theatre community, then it is likely that you will know a good amount of people who have an agent. Take advantage of this. Ask them questions about their experience of the agent; after all word of mouth is one of the best reviews you can get. You might also find that by asking around you can get some referrals to agents that you may not have found otherwise, or that are difficult to get an appointment with.
- Size them up
Which agent you pick can really depend on where you are in your career. For those that are at the early stages you might find that smaller agencies or sole agents will be more than happy to see you whilst the larger agents won’t even give you the chance to get one foot in the door.
That said, there is no harm in trying to get in the door of one of the top agencies; you never know you might get lucky and secure yourself a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase your skills.
- Apply yourself!
When you find the right agencies for you it is time to submit your materials to them. It is a good idea to compile a list of around 15-20 agents that you would be happy to work with and apply to them all at once. If you apply one at a time and wait for a response, then you could be wasting valuable time.
If you don’t hear back from any agents within a few weeks then don’t give up. It might be a good idea to reshoot your photos and rewrite your application before resubmitting to your list again. There are times when an actor leaves their books and they are back on the lookout for a replacement that might just match you!