Actor/Actress/Dancers may choose to work with several agents, often representing different aspects of their careers (i.e., one agent for Principal Work, one for
Commercial Work, another for Print Work). If you sign up with multiple agents, please be certain that they communicate with each other. We suggest that you sign a one- year non-exclusive contract
with any agent or manager. If you are able to travel, we recommend that you look for representation in London or Los Angeles.
You need to select an agent or manager--whichever is right for you. You can do so by simply sending out your picture and resume to all the agents/managers in your area. They will call you back if they are impressed with your picture and interested in representing you. Every major city has well-established talent agencies and management firms. Contact a few different agencies/managers and find out what they require. The key to success is retaining an agent/manager who is well-established and experienced. We advise you to work under a non-exclusive 1-2 year contract in order to make certain your agent/manager performs professionally.
A useful site to all up and coming Actors the Acting in London website.
Your first step is to obtain photos or head shots. In the entertainment business, appearance is practically everything. Lasting impressions come from that first
glance. You must obtain the best head shots possible! Your head shots is your business card.
Please remember that casting directors will only glance at your picture once, so you have only have one chance to capture their interest. Professional photos are expensive, but you will not get very far without them. You can spend between £150 to £500. Sometimes photographers are well-connected and may give you a great chance to find a local agent or manager.
CV/Resume and Acting Classes
There are certain standards and guidelines for an actor's resume. Your resume must be well-written and professional. List all of your past and current training, experience, talents, skills, contacts, etc.
Acting may seem easy. But often, actors fail to get the part because they lack training and experience. There are many schools and classes that specialize in different entertainment fields such as commercial acting, improve, voice training, etc. Focus your training on what you are best suited for and most interested in. Professional training may cost a substantial amount of money; however, it will play an important part in your success. Be careful in your selections--there are many frauds. Always check references and credentials