Acting agencies are indeed thе number one kеу tо a ѕuссеѕѕful асting саrееr. Thеrе iѕ nо роѕѕiblе wау thаt аn асtоr соuld fоrgе thе kind оf induѕtrу соnnесtiоnѕ it wоuld tаkе tо ѕuрроrt a luсrаtivе саrееr whilе ѕtill wоrking аѕ аn асtоr (and of course having side hustles as well to keep the lights on). Thаt iѕ аn еntirе оthеr саrееr in itѕеlf, but it iѕ a jоb thаt iѕ nесеѕѕаrу tо ѕuрроrt ѕuссеѕѕ in film, tеlеviѕiоn, оr thеаtrе and aсting agеnсiеѕ are your way in.
Thiѕ mеаnѕ thаt thе more industry connections that your аgеnсу has, thе mоrе auditions уоu аrе likеlу tо gеt аnd thе mоrе еxроѕurе уоu аrе likеlу tо gеt as well. Eѕресiаllу еаrlу in уоur саrееr, уоu wаnt tо dо еvеrу jоb thаt соmеѕ аlоng bесаuѕе уоu nеvеr knоw whеrе уоu will bе nоtiсеd.
Remember that aсting agеnсiеѕ оnlу gеt раid whеn уоu gеt раid, ѕо they are very picky when choosing their clients. Some аgеnсiеѕ will only talk to you if you are referred to them by an industry connection, but for the most part, many acting agencies are open to new clients and fresh faces.
Whilе there are a good 10-20 big companies who won’t speak to you when you are first starting out, there are dozens upon dozens of smaller boutique acting аgеnсiеѕ that will take meetings with you. How? You must consistently get your “package” in front of their faces. You must be relentless in your quest to nail down the right time of representation. Of course, that is why the ReppedBy system was created to begin with.
On Premium and Pro ReppedBy accounts you’re able to send mass submissions to acting agencies in your chosen region every single month. And you’re able to continue sending, month after month until you get the result you want. And the result you want is very simple: get signed by one of reputable acting agencies in town and start auditioning for projects that matter and that will get you paid.
Whether you’re looking for a theatrical or commercial acting agency, start in where you stand and put your packages out there. You have nothing to lose and a flourishing career to gain!
Let’s talk a bit about perhaps the most important tool of your portfolio in your quest to get a talent agent- the demo reel. This is what the agents use to determine whether you have acting prowess (or lack thereof), and ultimately if they want to sign you or not. The good news is, there are no hard fast rules. The bad news is, there are no hard fast rules. So how then to go about building and polishing a fantastic, mesmerizing demo reel? Keep in mind these crucial factors:
5 – 10 years ago, demo reels were extra, not every actor had them. With the advent of tech and in house, agents demand that you have one, no excuse for not having one
Don’t ever forget this. In the beginning and end of your demo reel, include a title card with your name and contact information for quick reference. Once at the beginning to get inside the agent’s head, and again at the end to remind them how to contact you.
This is hands down the most often discussed dilemma. How long should my demo be? The general consensus among industry professionals is that it takes an agent about 30 seconds of watching your reel to decide whether or not they will sign you. With this in mind, keep it short, nothing over 2 minutes.
Only the best. Make sure the focus in each clip is YOU. If you don’t hog the screen time in the clip, have someone re-edit it so you do. Make sure everything is current and looks pristine. Talent agents like to see things that are up to date and relevant. Always put your best clip first, but make sure the following clips are just as extraordinary. Save a really strong clip for last, so the agent is left with a powerful impression of your ability. Some agents like to scrub through the reel until they find a clip they like, so don’t make them all the same. Show us your range!
Demo Reel Companies
You don’t have to book a slew of underpaying gigs just to build up a demo reel these days. There are a ton of companies that will put you on tape and make it look professional for the right price. Relentless Filmworks and LA Reels are two of the most popular that come to mind. They’ll write scenes for you tailored to your needs and even provide actors for you to work with. Just make sure the scenes are an accurate depiction of your range and ability.
Acting agents aren’t only necessary for a thriving acting career but they are absolutely vital to your success as an actor. There are many businesses out there who want you to believe that you can make it in this town without proper representation. That you can self-submit to acting roles. But they fail to mention that only acting agents and managers have access to the legit job postings. Only they can submit you to the real “breakdowns”.
What are The Breakdowns?
Think of “the breakdowns’ as Indeed.com but for actors. Every day casting directors from all over town post breakdowns for the types of characters they are looking for right now. A casting director for the show Scandal might post something like this:
Male – 20-30 – Rookie police officer. Good looking. Must be available on June 3rd. Guest-star role. $1,000 plus 10%.
There are dozens of these great jobs posted every day, jobs that you as an actor would qualify for. But only your agent and manager will be able to submit you for this.
What about the sites that advertise that I can submit myself?
The projects listed on these sites are very small scale projects such as student films, webisodes, ultra low budget projects. And generally, they do not pay. There is nothing wrong with doing work like this if you are in need of a reel and you have all the time in the world as most of these projects never get finished and a good amount of your footage you will never receive. If however, you want to be on TV shows such Scandal, Modern Family, or House of Cards, only an acting agent or manager can submit you for these roles via The Breakdowns. You as an actor simply do not have access to these lucrative jobs and for very good reason.
Why do only acting agents get to submit on The Breakdowns?
You see, even on a basic job such as the one mentioned above, a casting director will get on average over 2000 submissions via The Breakdowns. Imagine how many submissions they’d have to go through if they opened up the system and allowed anybody to send in their headshot and resume. It would be a complete disaster. So, in order to run actors through a vetting process, the first want to make sure that an actor is being vouched for by a reputable acting agent or manager.
So, if you want the juicy auditions and if you want to get on your favorite TV show, focus on getting an acting agent who will consistently submit you for juicy auditions.
And if you need an acting agent and don’t know where to begin, visit ReppedBy for more info.