Thursday, April 4, 2013
Advice for teen actors about agents
Teen actors often ask if they should get an agent.
Don't approach an agent unless you have a lot of acting experience. The best way to get the interest of a good agent is to get a paid acting job (speaking role).
SAG is the best place to look: http://www.sagaftra.org/agency-relations/sag-franchised-agents/sag-franchised-agents
But overall, if the agent requires you to pay money to work with them up front, then it's not a good agent. Good agents only take percentages of your pay when you actually get work.
The exception might be if the agent offers special services such as headshots, website resumes, etc. This should only be optional though. But if they require it, then beware!
Consider attending a university such as USC or UCLA to get experience and create networks in LA.
Here are some acting tips to get you started: http://www.freedrama.net/acting.html
And an acting contest you can do from a distance: http://www.freedrama.net/voiceact.html