How to Properly Submit to an Agency:
A question that I get quite often is "How do I correctly submit to an agency?" and as a former agent, I can tell you a majority of talent are doing it wrong!
When it comes to submitting and finding a quality agent with a good reputation you must READ what they are asking of you! The first thing you should do is go to the agency website that you are submitting for, 9 times out of 10, there will be specific instructions there. Be sure to follow them exactly as they are written (this also shows the agent that you read and comprehend instructions, a necessity when it comes to receiving castings and future information). This is not a recommendation, they are telling you EXACTLY how they want their submissions, make sure to follow directions.
Here a few helpful hints (each agency will vary, but from experience, here are some pointers!
- Find out how exactly they want your materials sent, some agents prefer that you email a photo and a resume, while others will request a hard (physical) copy. If they are specific about a hard copy, do not send an email anyway. Many times agencies do this to avoid too many large files coming in while they are trying to work on castings and bookings.
- Pictures, some agencies will not see you without professional pictures, while some say a snapshot is fine. Find out the agencies policy before you send your materials. If you are looking for TV & Film, or Commercial Divisions, you should have a professional headshot taken before you start submitting to agencies. Please make sure it is a professional photographer who shoots talent for a living. If you need recommendations, please contact me. If it is a child under the age of 5, snapshots are always acceptable, and even in some cases, preferred.
- Always include a resume attached to your photo, even if you have not done a ton of work, you should have something put together. A well written resume is key to getting yourself a good agent.
Make sure you put all of your contact information on your resume, and you should also include an introduction letter (it need not be lengthy), but it should include your full name, email address, phone number and a website, if you have one. Without your proper contact information, the agent will not be able to contact you.
- Lastly, you should never call an agency directly to see if they have received your materials. Agencies can get upwards of 100 submissions per day, they contact the talent they are interested in at that time, and are unable to contact everyone else. If you do not hear back in 4-6 weeks, it is probably safe to say that you are not being represented. You should keep sending your materials to other options at that point and try that particular agency again in 6 months to a year. Agents are busy and if you call regarding the status of your submission it takes time away from their booking schedules and also can put them in an awkward position if they cannot use you at that time.
Consultation is a service I provide, and if you have any further questions, you may feel free to call or email me about your inquiry. The industry is not learned overnight and it is better to have as much knowledge under your belt as possible when dealing with such a fast paced business!