Usually when actors ask me about how to get an agent, I quickly assess they are not ready for an agent. It has nothing to do with their talent. It has nothing to do with their looks. It has everything to do with their lack of preparation.
Preparation for an agent involves being ready to go on auditions the moment you’re signed. The moment you’re signed. Not a few weeks from then. The moment.
Imagine if some kid wanted to sell you lemonade as you’re walking by on a hot summer day. The cost is just a buck. You say, “yes.” Then lemonade kid says, “ok, it will be ready in an hour.” Would you linger an hour for a cup of lemonade? Probably not.
In this situation, you are the lemonade for sale. You are the product. You are the commodity.
So how do you know if you’re ready to have an agent? You have the skills, the marketing materials, and the professionalism for it. Let’s break down what each element means. Continue reading