November 21, 2008, Newsletter Issue #140: How to Find an Agent

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Here are the top three most common ways of how to find an acting agent:

Word of mouth. If your actor friends have agents, talk to them. Find out who represents them, then see if he or she can put in a good word for you. This will allow you to get your foot in the door for an interview.Be seen. Every time you're in a show or even a showcase, send agents postcards inviting them to come to see you perform. These postcards should ideally be miniature postcard versions of your headshots, but you can also send theatrical postcards from the show itself. (Be sure they get comped!)Attend talent agent seminars. Check Backstage newspaper on a weekly basis to see where there are seminars in your area. Check listings of local agents in the yellow pages or in publications like Backstage. Send blind mailings to agencies with a cover letter, headshot, and resume.

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