Ready to Become an Actor or Become an Actress?
Here are some great tips to get you started. You know you need an agent to be a professional actor, but how do you go about getting one? Contacting an agent for representation is actually very simple, and should be you first step to being an actor. All you need are a few photographs, a resume, an envelope, some stamps, and a list of prospective agents.
The first thing you need to do is get a few good photographs of yourself. You do not necessarily need an expensive portfolio of photographs to send to your prospective agency. Send a good, clear, simple photograph that looks exactly like you. Keep the background, wardrobe, hairstyle, and make-up simple. Do not wear jewelry or hats in your photograph. Simple and plain is best. Make sure your personality shines through in the picture.
Once you have a good photograph, you need to prepare a resume. When drafting a resume to send to an agent, simple also works best. Do not send a page full of hard to read paragraphs of text. Your resume should include your contact information, personal statistics (height, weight, hair color, eye color, age range, clothing size, shoe size), special skills (singing, impressions, accents, etc.), and a bullet breakdown on past acting experience including production name, production company, and part played.
When you have your photographs and resume, it is time to look for an agency. No matter where you live, contact a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) franchised agent first. Go to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) website at http://www.sag.org. Under the “Agent Relations” page click on the “Find a SAG Franchised Agent” link. This will give you a list of the union franchised agents in your area.
The best way to contact a talent agent is via regular mail. Most agencies do not respond to e-mails for aspiring actors. Never send an agency an e-mail with attachments. Call your prospective talent agency. Tell the person who answers the phone you are seeking agent representation and would like to know to whose attention you should send your picture and resume. Typically, they will direct you to send your package to a specific person or just to the new talent/actor division.
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