AMTA’S TOP TIPS TO GETTING AN AGENT
- INVITE AN AGENT TO YOUR PERFORMANCES
This may sound very simple, but having something to invite agents to see you in is a big plus. Showreels are great, but most agents will want to see you live and in action before they sign you. If you’re in something, invite agents ahead of time, get to meet them, and give them every opportunity to see you do your thing! If you have positive reviews from the show, highlight the comments and include the articles in your invitation.
- KEEP UP TO DATE SHOWREELS
Always make sure your showreels are up to date. Having a good reel that shows off what you can do will catch an agent’s attention. Make sure you show off your range, both in terms of acting and voice. Have a mix of song styles and make sure it doesn’t go on for too long! Agents are very busy. Keeping your reel under 2 minutes will likely mean they’ll watch it all, but if it goes on for 9 minutes they may switch off half way! If you’re looking for a vocal reel, head to vocalreels.comand take a look at the great work they do!
‘Have a voice reel, have a showreel and be specific’- Mark Goldthorp, International Vice-Principal, AMTA
- CONTACT AGENTS
Sending a friendly email to agents is a good way of making contact. If you really want to stand out, try sending a personalised letter with CV and headshot in via post to them. E-mails are easy to delete, but agents will open and read their post! Always be respectful (remember the importance of your reputation in the musical theatre industry), and before you write to an agent, make sure you’d fit into their books. If they already represent someone with a very similar casting to you, then they’re unlikely to take someone on who would be competition for them. But if you see a gap in their books that you could fill, go for it!
- ATTEND A DRAMA SCHOOL
The best way to be put in front of top west end agents is to train at a well-respected drama school. After honing your craft on your course, you’ll get the chance to perform for agents. Here at AMTA, our musical theatre courses culminate in the Professional Panel. You’ll get your own individual time to shine and to perform for a room full of the West End’s top agents. AMTA grads have signed for Global Artists, Oxford Adams, Williamson & Holmes, Boland & Reeve and many more! If you’re interested, head to theamta.com/apply to get an audition booked!
- TAKE FURTHER MUSICAL THEATRE CLASSES
Does anyone ever really stop training? We learn on the job in the industry all the time, but another great way to meet agents is to take class. As well as that, it helps you stay on top of your game. At AMTA, we provide FREE ongoing musical theatre classes for all of our graduates! This helps you stay ready for when the phone rings and you’ve got an audition!